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AC alumna Anna Wilsch has a new paper in press in Neuroimage, with Toralf Neuling, Jonas Obleser, and Christoph Herrmann: “Transcranial alternating current stimulation with speech envelopes modulates speech comprehension”. In this proof-of-concept–like paper, we demonstrate that using the speech envelope as a “pilot signal” for electrically stimulating the human brain, while a listener tries to comprehend that speech signal buried in noise, does modulate the listener’s speech–in–noise comprehension abilities.
Auditory Cognition’s own Malte Wöstmann is in press in Cerebral Cortex with his latest offering on how attentional control manifests in alpha power changes: Ignoring speech can be beneficial (if comprehending speech potentially detracts from another task), and we here show how this change in listening goals turns around the pattern of alpha-power changes with changing speech degradation. (We will update as the paper becomes available online.)
Wöstmann, M., Lim, S.J., & Obleser, J. (2017). The human neural alpha response to speech is a proxy of attentional control. Cerebral Cortex. In press.
Santa struck early this year: The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has just granted AC head Jonas (University of Lübeck) and brain-stimulation wiz Gesa Hartwigsen (now a group leader at AC’s former institution, the MPI in Leipzig) a joint 3‑year grant, worth 371,000 € in total, on “Modulating neural network dynamics of speech comprehension: The role of the angular gyrus”. This project will build on Gesa and Jonas’ recent paper in Cortex on the topic. Thanks again to the funding body and the helpful reviewers!
AC alumna Anna Wilsch (now University of Oldenburg) has a new review paper in press in a special issue on auditory working memory, curated by Jochen Kaiser (Frankfurt) and Michael Brosch (Magdeburg) in “Brain Research”. We provide a review on neural oscillatory signatures of (various forms of) auditory short-term memory.
Wilsch, A., Obleser, J. (in press). What works in auditory working memory? A neural oscillations perspective. Brain Research
Watch out for that special issue, as it will have an excellent roster of colleagues contributing, and we are proud to be part of it.
The abstract is given below.[Update]
Check out the article online.
Based on Malte’s recent J Neurosci study, Jonas did a brief interview for German radio detektor.fm today and talked listening effort, digital phone lines, noise reduction, and next-generation hearing aids with host Teresa Nehm. (In German only.)
Some days ago the Max Planck Society put out a news feature on our most recent Journal of Neuroscience paper (see our post):
It nicely wraps up Malte’s experiment on alpha dynamics in younger and older listeners. Check the link above for the full article (German).
Congratulations to just-graduated former AC PhD student and fresh GIPSA/Grenoble Postdoc Antje Strauß, who today had the last data set from her PhD thesis accepted as a paper in The Journal of Neuroscience. We are all very happy!
The paper is entitled “Alpha phase determines successful lexical decision in noise” and contains arguably the first data set to extend principles of (alpha, 8–12 Hz) pre-stimulus phase dependence from low-level psychophysics to more complex language or cognitive processes, here: lexical decision.
A big hello to AC friend and colleague Niko Busch, by the way, whose bifurcation index measure served our purposes very well here!
We will update accordingly, but meanwhile, here is the abstract and my favourite figure from the paper.