Book chapters

Herrmann B, Butler BE (2021) Aging Auditory Cortex: The Impact of Reduced Inhibition on Function.

In Martin CR, Preedy VR, Rajendram R (Eds). Assessments, Treatments and Modelling in Aging and Neurological Disease: The Neuroscience of Aging. (pp. 183-192). Academic Press.

Publications in peer-reviewed journals
* joint first authorship, ^ joint senior authorship


Dauer T, Henry MJ, Herrmann B (2021) PsyArXiv.

Auditory perceptual learning depends on temporal regularity and certainty.

Irsik VC, Johnsrude IS, Herrmann B (2021) PsyArXiv.

Engaging stories eradicate age deficits in dip-listening.

Irsik VC, Johnsrude IS, Herrmann B (2021) BioRxiv.

Synchronized neural activity indexes engagement with spoken stories under acoustic masking.

Herrmann B, Yasmin S, Araz K, Purcell DW, Johnsrude IS (2021) BioRxiv.

Neural activity in human brainstem adapts to sound-level statistics.

​2022, in press

Herrmann B, Maess B, Johnsrude IS (2022) Neurobiology of Aging 109-1:10. (download data)

A neural signature of regularity in sound is reduced in older adults.

​2021, in press

​Herrmann B, Araz K, Johnsrude IS (2021) NeuroImage 238:118238. (download data)

Sustained neural activity correlates with rapid perceptual learning of auditory patterns.

Herrmann B, Butler BE (2021) Brain Structure and Function 226:2019-2039.

Hearing loss and brain plasticity: The hyperactivity phenomenon.

Irsik VC, Almanaseer A, Johnsrude IS, Herrmann B (2021) The Journal of Neuroscience 41:5045-5055. (download data)

Cortical responses to the amplitude envelopes of sounds change with age.

Wieczerzak K, Patel S, MacNeil H, Scott K, Schormans A, Hayes S, Herrmann B, AllmanBL (2021) Neuroscience 455:1-18.

Prefrontal cortex plasticity and cognitive-behavioral deficits following noise-induced hearing loss.

Hayes SH, Schormans AL, Sigel G, Beh K, Herrmann B, Allman BL (2021) Progress in Neurobiology 196:101893.

Uncovering the contribution of enhanced central gain and altered cortical oscillations to phantom sound perception.


Herrmann B, Johnsrude IS (2020) Hearing Research 397:108016.

A Model of Listening Engagement (MoLE).

Herrmann B, Johnsrude IS (2020) Trends in Hearing 24:1-18.

Absorption and enjoyment during listening to acoustically masked stories.

Herrmann B, Augereau T, Johnsrude IS (2020) Scientific Reports 10:9571.

Neural responses and perceptual sensitivity to sound depend on sound-level statistics.

Kadem M*, Herrmann B*, Rodd JM, Johnsrude IS (2020) Trends in Hearing 24:1-16. (download data)

Pupil dilation is sensitive to semantic ambiguity and acoustic degradation.

Yasmin S, Purcell DW, Veeranna SA, Johnsrude IS^, Herrmann B^ (2020) Hearing Research 398:108080.

A novel approach to investigate subcortical and cortical sensitivity to temporal structure simultaneously.

Farahani M, Parsa V, Herrmann B, Kadem M, Johnsrude IS, Doyle P (2020). Applied Sciences 10:5907.

An auditory-perceptual and pupillometric study of vocal strain in adductor spasmodic dysphonia.

Al Jaja A, Grahn JA, Herrmann B, MacDonald PA (2020) Neurobiology of Aging 89:71-82.
The effect of aging, Parkinson’s disease, and exogenous dopamine on the neural response associated with auditory regularity processing.


Herrmann B, Buckland C, Johnsrude IS (2019) Neurobiology of Aging 83:73-85.

Neural signatures of temporal regularity processing in sounds differ between younger and older adults.

Billig AJ*, Herrmann B* et al (2019) The Journal of Neuroscience 39:8679-8689.

A sound-sensitive source of alpha oscillations in human non-primary auditory cortex.

Parthasarathy A*, Herrmann B*, Bartlett EL (2019) Neurobiology of Aging 73:30-40.
Aging alters envelope representations of speech-like sounds in the inferior colliculus.

Kwok E, Cardy JO, Allman BL, Allen P, Herrmann B (2019) Behavioural Brain Research 359:56-65.
Dynamics of spontaneous alpha activity correlate with language ability in young children.


Herrmann B, Maess B, Johnsrude IS (2018) The Journal of Neuroscience 38:1989-1999.
Aging affects adaptation to sound-level statistics in human auditory cortex.

Herrmann B, Johnsrude IS (2018) The Journal of Neuroscience 38:5466-5477.

Neural signatures of the processing of temporal patterns in sound.

Herrmann B, Johnsrude IS (2018) Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 44:89-105.
Attentional state modulates the effect of an irrelevant stimulus dimension on perception.

Wilsch A, Henry MJ, Herrmann B, Herrmann CS, Obleser J (2018) The Journal of Neuroscience 38:7428-7439.
Temporal expectation modulates cortical dynamics of sensory memory.


Herrmann B, Parthasarathy A, Bartlett EL (2017) European Journal of Neuroscience 45:299–311.
Aging affects dual encoding of periodicity and envelope shape in rat inferior colliculus neurons.

Holmes E, Herrmann B (2017) The Journal of Neuroscience 37:5218-5220.
Revisiting the contribution of auditory cortex to frequency-following responses.

Henry MJ, Herrmann B, Kunke D, & Obleser J (2017) Nature Communications 8:15801
Aging affects the balance of neural entrainment and top-down neural modulation in the listening brain.

Henry MJ, Herrmann B, Grahn JA (2017) PLoS ONE 12:e0172454.
What can we learn about beat perception by comparing brain signals and stimulus envelopes?


Herrmann B, Henry MJ, Johnsrude IS, Obleser J (2016) Neurobiology of Aging 45:10-22.
Altered temporal dynamics of neural adaptation in the aging human auditory cortex.

Herrmann B, Henry MJ, Haegens S, Obleser J (2016) NeuroImage 124:487-497.
Temporal expectations and neural amplitude fluctuations in auditory cortex interactively influence perception.

Wöstmann M, Herrmann B, Maess B, Obleser J (2016) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113:3873-3878.
The spatiotemporal dynamics of auditory attention synchronize with speech.

Henry MJ, Herrmann B, Obleser J (2016) The Journal of Neuroscience 36:860-871.
Neural microstates govern perception of auditory input without rhythmic structure.

Scharinger M, Bendixen A, Herrmann B, Henry MJ, Mildner T, Obleser J (2016) Human Brain Mapping 37:704–716.
Predictions interact with missing sensory evidence in semantic processing areas.


Herrmann B, Parthasarathy A, Han EX, Obleser J, Bartlett EL (2015) Journal of Neurophysiology 114:2941-2954.
Sensitivity of rat inferior colliculus neurons to frequency distributions.

Herrmann B, Henry MJ, Fromboluti EK, McAuley JD, Obleser J (2015) Journal of Neurophysiology 113:2582-2591.
Statistical context shapes stimulus-specific adaptation in human auditory cortex.

Henry MJ, Herrmann B, Obleser J (2015) Cerebral Cortex 25:450-459.
Selective attention to temporal features on nested time scales.

Wöstmann M, Herrmann B, Wilsch A, Obleser J (2015) The Journal of Neuroscience 35:1458-1467.
Neural alpha dynamics in younger and older listeners reflect acoustic challenges and predictive benefits.

Wilsch A, Henry MJ, Herrmann B, Maess B, Obleser J (2015) Cerebral Cortex 25:1938-1946.
Alpha oscillatory dynamics index temporal expectation benefits in working memory.

Wilsch A, Henry MJ, Herrmann B, Maess B, Obleser J (2015) Psychophysiology 52:910-918.
Slow-delta phase concentration marks improved temporal expectations based on the passage of time.


Herrmann B, Schlichting N, Obleser J (2014) The Journal of Neuroscience 34:327-331.
Dynamic range adaptation to spectral stimulus statistics in human auditory cortex.

Herrmann B, Henry MJ, Scharinger M, Obleser J (2014) NeuroImage 101:370-379.
Supplementary motor area activations predict individual differences in temporal-change sensitivity and its illusory distortions.

Henry MJ, Herrmann B, Obleser J (2014) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111:14935-14940.
Entrained neural oscillations in multiple frequency bands comodulate behavior.

Henry MJ, Herrmann B (2014) Timing & Time Perception 2:62-86.
Low-frequency neural oscillations support dynamic attending in temporal context.

Scharinger M, Herrmann B, Nierhaus T, Obleser J (2014) Frontiers in Neuroscience 8:Article 137.
Simultaneous EEG-fMRI brain signatures of auditory cue utilization.


Herrmann B, Henry MJ, Grigutsch M, Obleser J (2013) The Journal of Neuroscience 33:15799-15809.
Oscillatory phase dynamics in neural entrainment underpin illusory percepts of time.

Herrmann B, Henry MJ, Obleser J (2013) Journal of Neurophysiology 109:2086-2096.
Frequency-specific adaptation in human auditory cortex depends on the spectral variance in the acoustic stimulation.

Herrmann B, Henry MJ, Scharinger M, Obleser J (2013) Hearing Research 304:128-136.
Auditory filter width affects response magnitude but not frequency specificity in auditory cortex.

Ruhnau P, Herrmann B, Maess B, Brauer J, Friederici AD, Schröger E (2013) Frontiers in Psychology 4:Article 717.
Processing of complex distracting sounds in school-aged children and adults: Evidence from EEG and MEG data.


Herrmann B, Obleser J, Kalberlah C, Haynes J-D, Friederici AD (2012) Human Brain Mapping 33:584-595.
Dissociable neural imprints of perception and grammar in auditory functional imaging.

Herrmann B, Maess B, Kalberlah C, Haynes J-D, Friederici AD (2012) European Journal of Neuroscience 35:1488-1496.
Auditory perception and syntactic cognition: brain activity-based decoding within and across subjects.

Henry MJ*, Herrmann B* (2012) The Journal of Neuroscience 32:17525-17527.
A precluding role of low-frequency oscillations for auditory perception in a continuous processing mode. 

Ruhnau P*, Herrmann B*, Schröger E (2012) Clinical Neurophysiology 123:507-512.
Finding the right control: The mismatch negativity under investigation.

Obleser J, Herrmann B, Henry MJ (2012) Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 6:Article 250.
Neural oscillations in speech: don't be enslaved by the envelope.


Herrmann B, Maess B, Hahne A, Schröger E, Friederici AD (2011) NeuroImage 57:624-633.
Syntactic and auditory spatial processing in the human temporal cortex: An MEG study.

Herrmann B, Maess B, Friederici AD (2011) Neuroscience Letters 490:116-120.
Violation of syntax and prosody - Disentangling their contributions to the early left anterior negativity (ELAN).

Ruhnau P, Herrmann B, Maess B, Schröger E (2011) NeuroImage 58:630-639.
Maturation of obligatory auditory responses and their neural sources: Evidence from EEG and MEG.


Herrmann B, Maess B, Hasting AS, Friederici AD (2009) NeuroImage 48:590-600.
Localization of the syntactic mismatch negativity in the temporal cortex: An MEG study.