Jonas studied Psychology with a minor in Statistics and got his degree from the University of Konstanz in 2004. After doing research at University College London and at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, he has held a Chair in Physiological Psychology and Research Methods at the University of Lübeck since 2016.
Currently, his main interests lie in neural dynamics, that is, the moment-to-moment brain states as well as more stable brain traits that characterise our perception and behaviour. An important question for Jonas is whether there are features of neural dynamics that are especially adaptive or protective to our health as we get older. His preferred model system still is the listening human being.
Mohsen’s background is in biomedical engineering. He received his PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Oldenburg in 2015. During his PhD he investigated how brain networks enable us to resolve cognitive challenges, and why it occasionally fails to do so reflecting its capacity limits. To follow-up this question as a postdoc, he has been studying the relation between brain networks and behavior in challenging listening tasks at the Max-Planck Institute in Leipzig and currently at the University of Lübeck. To this end, he adopts graph-theoretical network analysis of the human functional connectome built upon the brain hemodynamic responses or neuronal oscillations.
Julia studied Biomedicine and Neuroscience at the Universities of Würzburg, Paris and Oxford, and completed her PhD at the Max Planck Institute Leipzig in 2014. After a postdoc at Maastricht University, she continued her postdoctoral research at the University of Lübeck in 2017.
Her main interests lie in auditory processing in human and non-human primates: How are complex natural sounds, such as speech and animal vocalizations, recognized and analyzed in the auditory system to create a coherent percept? Her current research examines how cortical representations of acoustic features change as we get older. To this end, she combines computational modelling, (functional) MRI, and psychoacoustics.
Jens received his MSc in Psychology from Ruhr University Bochum in 2009. His sustained interest in the auditory system was initiated during this time, when Jens studied the electrophysiological correlates of attention to moving sounds. During his Leipzig years at the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (2009−2016), Jens conducted research on the sensory aspects of auditory speech and voice processing using psychophysics and fMRI. In 2016, he was awarded an ACN Erasmus Mundus stipend to work at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research in Montreal. Jens brought back from Canada a refreshed interest in spatial hearing and a deep love for poutine. His current research aims at improving our understanding of how the auditory system accomplishes robust comprehension of speech from different talkers.
Lea obtained a BA in German Philology and a BSc in Psychology from the University of Vienna. After completing her MSc in Psychology at the University of Lübeck, she started her PhD at the intersection of Neuroscience and Linguistics in the Obleser lab. In her research, she asks how the brain exploits semantic context to predict upcoming speech when comprehension is challenged by poor acoustics. A major focus of her work is on the neural network dynamics underlying the integration of multiple contextual timescales during naturalistic listening.
Sarah received a B.A. degree in Language and Communication studies as well as a PhD in Neurolinguistics from the University of Marburg, Germany, where she worked on the neurophysiological signatures and the neural networks that support language comprehension.
She then spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Irvine before joining the Auditory Cognition research group in 2016.
Her main research interests follow the question of how the human brain achieves the remarkable feat of processing and comprehending language under at times extremely challenging conditions and in the face of age-related neural, cognitive and sensory decline. Sarah is particularly interested in understanding how different neural and cognitive strategies work together to enable successful listening. Most of the time you will find her deeply immersed in building ever more complex models predicting human speech comprehension.
Malte studied Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück and finished his Master’s degree in 2012. Form 2012 to 2015, he did his PhD at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig in the research group ‘Auditory Cognition’, under supervision of Jonas Obleser. Since 2015, Malte is working as a Post-doc in the Department of Psychology at the University of Lübeck.
His research focuses on the electrophysiological dynamics of human auditory attention. Malte is currently mainly interested in how the neural system accomplishes the suppression of distracting information in order to focus attention on relevant stimuli.
Hong-Viet Victor Ngo
Hong-Viet (or Hongi) studied Physics at the University of Kiel but then got captured by the field of Cognitive Neuroscience, in which he completed a PhD at the Universities of Lübeck and Tübingen in 2014. Afterwards, he gathered research experience as a Postdoc abroad at the University of Birmingham (UK) and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (NL). Since 2020, Hongi is back at the University of Lübeck as a Postdoc in the Auditory Cognition group.
His research examines the causal role of brain rhythms on the consolidation of memories during sleep. To this end, Hongi utilizes different non-invasive brain stimulation techniques in real-time experiments and, of late, multivariate decoding techniques. As a stimulation aficionado, he is always on the lookout for new technical advances to nudge the brain and unravel or perhaps even ameliorate the function of sleep.
Markus started his dual apprenticeship as a trained hearing acoustician in 2012, which he successfully completed in 2015. Afterwards, he studied hearing acoustics in Lübeck and received his Master’s degree in 2020. During his Master’s he spent one year at the Sonova AG in Switzerland, where he first came into contact with his current research topic ‘Listening Effort’ (LE). He joined the Auditory Cognition group in 2020 within a collaborative project with the German Institute of Hearing Aids.
His research includes the modelling and decoding of LE. He is particularly interested in developing test methods that measure and manipulate different dimensions of LE.
Martin is a trained hearing acoustician. He finished his dual apprenticeship in 2014. Based on his apprenticeship, he received his B.Sc in hearing acoustics in 2017 in Lübeck. From 2017 to 2019, he did his M.Sc in hearing technology at the university of Lübeck. During his master´s, he came into contact with the auditory cognition group. After his internship and master thesis in the Obleser group, he started his PhD investigating the mechanism of active ignoring in normal and hearing-impaired listeners.
He is interested in creating virtual and realistic sound scenarios in the spatial lab. Especially, the mechanisms of ignoring works in such scenarios, e.g. cocktail-party, are of interest for him. Based on his background, he is concerned in how active ignoring works especially in hearing-impaired people and to investigate which hearing aid features could be used to facilitate ignoring on an engineering level.
Troby received both her B.S.Sc. as well as M.Phil. degree in Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. During her MPhil study, she focused on the contribution of the frontal cortex to building the prediction model of ignored stimuli by using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and EEG.
Afterwards, she joined the Auditory Cognition group in 2019 to pursue her research interest in how attentional filtering unfolds in time. In particular, she wants to understand the rhythmicity underlying distraction suppression and its manifestation in brain-behavior relations.
Felix Deilmann — Research Scientist
Lorenz Fiedler — PhD student
Sung-Joo Lim — Postdoctoral researcher
Michael Plöchl — Postdoctoral researcher
Antje Strauß — PhD student
Anna Wilsch — PhD student