Maria Chait (Head of Lab)
am a Senior lecturer 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 (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 (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 (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 (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.
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