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Adaptive Control Degraded Acoustics Grants Gyrus Angularis Semantics Speech TMS Uncategorized

New project with Gesa Hartwigsen (Max Planck Leipzig): What is Angu­lar Gyrus actu­al­ly up to?

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!

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Adaptive Control Auditory Neuroscience EEG / MEG Evoked Activity Hearing Loss Neural Phase Perception Preprints (not peer-reviewed yet) Publications Speech Uncategorized

New preprint paper: Fiedler et al. on pre­dict­ing focus of atten­tion from in-ear EEG

Very proud: PhD stu­dent Lorenz Fiedler goes live (pre-peer-review) with his work of pre­dict­ing the focus of atten­tion in sin­gle-chan­nel/­for­ward mod­els in in-ear EEG!
Here is the preprint of the paper, which now will under­go peer-review. Thanks for check­ing it out!

In-Ear results Fiedler

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Come and find us in San Diego: Neu­ro­science 2016

Next week we will be pre­sent­ing some of our lat­est work at the Neu­ro­science meet­ing in San Diego.

Please tag along and check out our posters.

Also, con­sid­er check­ing in at the APAN satel­lite meet­ing, on Fri­day 11, where most of these posters will be pre­sent­ed as well.

Posters by the Obleser lab:

Sun­day after­noon Session:
ALAVASH et al., Large-scale brain net­works …, Board GG5
FIEDLER et al., Scalp EEG …, Board GG6
LIM et al., Effects of L‑dopa …, Board GG3
WASCHKE et al., Neur­al noise …, Board GG1
WILSCH et al., Inves­ti­gat­ing decay …, Board GG4
Mon­day after­noon Session:
GRAVERSEN et al., Ear-EEG …, Board NNN26

See you there.

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Wer­den Sie Proband bei uns!

Für unsere Stu­di­en suchen wir inter­essierte Proban­den, die bei uns abwech­slungsre­iche Hörauf­gaben bear­beit­en und uns dadurch helfen, das men­schliche Gehirn bess­er zu ver­ste­hen. Weit­ere Infor­ma­tio­nen find­en Sie hier.

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Wir suchen Post­doc-Ver­stärkung. (In Ger­man for once.)

From autumn on, or at the ear­li­est con­ve­nience, we are look­ing for a new post­doc for the (still fair­ly new) Obleser lab in Lübeck. Please see the job advert here. Dead­line for appli­ca­tions is July 6.
From this par­tic­u­lar posthold­er we hope for some sup­port in our Meth­ods teach­ing as well, there­fore a decent com­mand of Ger­man will be required.

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Why, hel­lo: new gen­er­a­tion of audi­to­ry cog­ni­tion, new lab, new projector

Final­ly, this is a brief “Hel­lo” from Lübeck, where the new instan­ti­a­tion of the Obleser lab has set up shop:

grupenbild-mit-beamer-(apr-2016)

I took this pho­to at the begin­ning of our jour­nal club ses­sion last fri­day; the wide angle being nec­es­sary to show­case our lat­est addi­tion, the new projector.

From left to right: Michael Plöchl, Malte Wöst­mann, Lorenz Fiedler, Sung-Joo Lim, Mohsen Alavash, Franziska Schara­ta, and Sarah Tune. Not in pic­ture: Sophie Herb­st. Wel­come to Lübeck, everybody!

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Executive Functions Gyrus Angularis Publications Semantics TMS Uncategorized

New paper out: Tune & Asari­dou, Jour­nal of Neuroscience

Our newest mem­ber of the lab, post-­doc Sarah Tune, just pub­lished a review arti­cle in the Jour­nal of Neu­ro­science. The arti­cle appeared in the “Jour­nal Club” sec­tion, where grad­u­ate stu­dents or post-docs are giv­en the chance to write short review pieces.

Now avail­able online:
Stim­u­lat­ing the Seman­tic Net­work: What Can TMS Tell Us about the Roles of the Pos­te­ri­or Mid­dle Tem­po­ral Gyrus and Angu­lar Gyrus?

Sarah and for­mer UCI Brain Cir­cuits col­league Salo­mi Asari­dou com­ment on a recent TMS study by Dav­ey et al. (2015) who inves­ti­gat­ed the role(s) of the mid­dle tem­po­ral gyrus and angu­lar gyrus in the encod­ing and retrieval of seman­tic infor­ma­tion. Sarah and Salo­mi review and dis­cuss some of the fac­tors that lim­it the inter­pre­ta­tion of rTMS-induced behav­ioral changes in seman­tic judge­ment tasks. Con­clud­ing, they argue that a focus on neur­al net­works and mech­a­nis­tic prin­ci­ples is key to under­stand­ing the neur­al imple­men­ta­tion of seman­tic cognition.

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New fea­turette in eLife: Tell me some­thing I don’t know

For those inter­est­ed in audi­to­ry cor­tex and how a regime of pre­dic­tions, pre­dic­tion updates and sur­prise (a ver­sion of “pre­dic­tion error”) might be imple­ment­ed there, I con­tributed a brief fea­turette (“insight”, they call it) to eLife on a recent paper by Will Sed­ley, Tim Grif­fiths, and oth­ers. Check it out.
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[For those not so famil­iar with it, “eLife”, despite its aes­thet­i­cal­ly ques­tion­able name, pos­es an inter­est­ing and rel­a­tive­ly new, high-pro­file, open-access pub­lish­ing effort by nobel-prize-win­ning Randy Schek­man, for­mer SfN pres­i­dent Eve Marder and others.]