Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
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People

Maria Chait

Maria Chait

Head of Lab

I am a Reader in auditory cognitive neuroscience at the Ear Institute, UCL. I moved to UCL in 2007, as a Marie Curie research fellow, following a short post-doc at Equipe Audition in Ecole normale supérieure, Paris.

My PhD research (2006) was conducted at the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program, university of Maryland College Park under the supervision of Jonathan Simon and David Poeppel. My bachelor’s background is in Computer Science, Economics, and East Asian Studies.


Ediz Sohoglu

Ed Sohoglu

Research Associate

I'm a Post-Doctoral researcher working on a BBSRC-funded project investigating auditory change detection (with Maria Chait). Prior to this, I completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience with Matt Davis at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge; an MSc in Music Technology at the University of York; and a BSc in Neuroscience at the University of Sussex.

I aim to understand how the auditory system achieves the task of processing the many sounds we encounter in everyday listening, such as music and speech. A recurring question in my research is how and in what conditions is the auditory system able to successfully process sound in "challenging" listening situations, such as when multiple sounds are present or when sensory information is highly degraded. Ultimately, I hope this research will lead to improved perceptual outcomes in the hearing impaired.


Lefkothea Vasiliki Andreou

Lefkothea

PhD Student

I study the effect of temporal regularities on the analysis of auditory scenes and the neural bases of rhythm perception. My methodology combines psychophysics and brain imaging (MEG) in normal listeners.  A specific challenge and methodological goal is to design behavioural paradigms, which are not dependent on purely subjective reports, to measure listener’s perceptual organization.

I have a BSc in  Biochemistry (2002) and an MSc in Biotechnology (2005), both from the School of Medicine, University of Ioannina, Greece. I also have a BA in English Language and Literature (2008) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.


Nicolas Barascud

Nicolas Barascud

PhD Student

I am generally interested by how behaviourally relevant information is derived from sound. One main focus of my research project is to study the neural representation of acoustic regularities, and how those are processed in the human brain using behavioural and neuroimaging methods. More specifically, I am interested in the idea that predictable patterns – or 'regularities' – extracted from incoming sounds serve as meaningful auditory objects which help organise perception. 

I joined the UCL Ear Institute as a PhD student in 2011. I have an MSc in Acoustics and Signal Processing (IRCAM, Paris), and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris). I also have a Magistère in Theoretical Physics (Université Paris Sud 11, Orsay).


Katharine Molloy

Kate Molloy

PhD Student; Co Supervised with Prof. Nilli Lavie

My research focuses on how well we perceive sounds when our attention is engaged in a visual task. Our hearing system is often regarded as an early warning system which reacts to unexpected sounds even when we are busy elsewhere. However, it has recently been shown that very demanding visual tasks can cause deficits in our auditory perception. I am investigating which auditory processes are susceptible to this interference, using psychophysics to determine when behaviour is affected, and MEG to measure brain responses.

I studied Maths at Cambridge for my undergrad degree, followed by an MSc in Experimental Psychology at Sussex. I then worked as a Research Assistant for the MRC Institute of Hearing Research for three years, before starting at UCL. I am jointly supervised by Nilli Lavie at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, and Maria Chait at the Ear Institute.


MSc Students

Samuel Picard

Samuel Picard

MSc Student; co-supervised with Prof. Tim Griffiths

I’m an MSc student in the Dual Master’s in Brain & Mind Sciences program, currently in my first year at UCL.

I am broadly interested in how temporal information is represented in auditory perception and motor control.

My Research Project focuses on the effects of temporal coherence on auditory figure-ground segregation. Using MEG and psychophysics, I aim to elucidate some of the mechanisms by which the brain detects auditory “objects” in complex acoustic scenes.

I have a BSc in Cognitive Neuroscience (2011) from University College Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Before coming to UCL, I spent two years in Prof. Chris De Zeeuw’s lab at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (Amsterdam), working with cerebellar patients, and at the Erasmus MC (Rotterdam), working on in vivo electrophysiology in the mouse cerebellum.


Anissa Bellahcen

Anissa Bellahcen

MSc student

I’m an MSc student in the Dual Master’s in Brain & Mind Sciences program at the Institute of Neurology, UCL.

For my research project at the Ear Institute, I am investigating listeners’ ability to detect changes (appearance, disappearance or replacement of objects) in busy auditory scenes.

I obtained a BSc in Life Sciences in 2013 (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France) before joining UCL.



Lucie Aman

Lucie Aman

MSc student

I’m an MSc student in the Dual Master’s in Brain & Mind Sciences program.

My MSc project investigates how listeners use patterns in sounds in the context of a change detection task.

My BSc (2012) background is in Biology, with a specialty in physiology and genetics (Versailles University, France).





Jemma Harrison

Jemma Harrison

MSc student

I have a BSc in Biology from the University of Durham (2012) and currently studying for a Masters in Audiological Science at the UCL Ear Institute.

My MSc project is looking into listeners’ susceptibility to distraction in the course of auditory scene analysis.






Celia Loriette

Celia Loriette

MSc student

I am an internship student from École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.

I have a BSc in Biology and currently pursuing an MSc in Neurophysiology.

My project in the Chait lab investigates temporal factors in auditory figure-ground segregation.






Fiona Henderson

Fiona Henderson

MSc Student

I am an internship student from  University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris, France. I have a BSc (Hons) in Life sciences from UPMC and currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Integrative Biology.
My Project in the Chait lab, co-supervised by Nicolas Barascud, examines sensitivity to auditory and visual temporal patterns.





Sana Atik

Sana Atik

MSc Student

I am an internship student from  University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris, France. I obtained a BSc in Neuroscience from UPMC and currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Integrative Biology and physiology.
My Project in the Chait lab, co-supervised by Dr. Ediz Sohoglu, investigates the effect of visual distractors on listeners’ ability to detect changes in auditory scenes.





Alumni:

  • Francisco Cervantes Constantino
  • Celine Ngon
  • Marija Cauchi
  • Charlotte Smith
  • Keiko Masutomi
  • Supathum Paranamana
  • Chris Payne
  • Leyla Pinggera
  • Aiyisha Siddiq
  • Manisha Gossain
  • Katharine Green
  • Zaharah Jaunmohomed
  • Ashley Christophe
  • Minal Patel
  • Patrick Burniston

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