BJÖRN HERRMANN

Principal Investigator

CV

I am interested in how our brains support hearing in younger and older adulthood. We use a wide range of behavioral, physiological, and brain recording tools (including psychophysics, pupillometry, EEG, MEG, fMRI). Before starting my Scientist and Assistant Professor position at the Rotman Research Institute and University of Toronto, I was a postdoc in the CONCH lab at Western University (Canada) and a postdoc in the Auditory Cognition lab at the Max Planck Institute CBS (Germany). I enjoy traveling, hanging out with good people, and playing squash, mostly on separate occasions. 

AYSHA MOTALA

Postdoc

I'm a CIHR-funded postdoc at the Brain & Mind Institute (Western Ontario) with Ingrid Johnsrude and co-supervised by Björn. My PhD research focused on how humans process time and how timing information from different senses (vision and audition) are integrated. More recently, I am using neuroimaging methods (fMRI) with spoken, naturalistic narratives to explore how listeners overcome the auditory challenges presented in real-world scenarios. I am also interested in how these abilities change throughout our lifespan. Outside of the lab I can be found traveling, listening to music and enjoying good food.

MATTHEW T. BAIN

MSc student

I am a MSc student at Western University in Dr. Ingrid Johnsrude's lab and co-supervised by Björn. I am interested in the neural basis of hearing and hearing loss, neuroimaging methods, and neurotechnology. My research focuses on identifying signatures of effortful listening. For my MSc thesis, we developed a method to assess behavioral executive load during story listening, as a means of assessing listening effort with naturalistic stimuli. I will extend this work during my PhD to investigate neural correlates of listening effort, measured using fMRI and EEG.

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