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About The Lab

Our research group is fundamentally interested in how the brain encodes and processes information. The vertebrate nervous system routinely achieves feats of pattern recognition unparalleled by modern computers. The natural algorithms underlying this pattern recognition and the neuronal circuitry computing them both represent targets for research in my lab, predominantly by measuring single and bulk neuron activity in awake subjects. We are particularly interested in how complex sounds are encoded in the brain when interfering noise is present and how language is processed.

In related work, we also seek to be able to manipulate brain function for therapeutic purposes using noninvasive technologies. One example of this is a series of smartphone-based video games we have designed to deliver listening training. These games are intended to optimize listening skills with a hearing-assist device, such as a cochlear implant or hearing aid. As a component of these games, we are devising completely new tests of hearing and listening ability that empower patients and clinicians alike to track their ability and progress.