Head of Lab
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.
Among my UCL responsibilities is the co-direction of the Sensory Systems, Technologies and Therapies (SenSyT) PhD program.
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.
Research Associate; Co Supervised with Prof. Tim Griffiths
I am generally interested by how behaviourally relevant information is derived from sound. My PhD work focused on understanding sensitivity to patterns in sound sequences. I am currently studying working memory processes.
I joined the UCL Ear Institute as a PhD student in 2011 and moved on to my current Post Doc position in end of 2014. 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).
I’m a post-doctoral researcher interested in auditory attention and the underlying oscillatory neural mechanisms. Part of my work focuses on finding electrophysiological markers of auditory attention that can be used to steer hearing aids. Also, I’m fascinated by the question of how the brain state prior to an event shapes the processing and perception of that event (e.g. via expectations or predictions).
I did my Diploma in Psychology, at the University of Vienna. After that, I went to do a PhD with Prof. Daniel Senkowski, first at the University Medical Center Eppendorf, Hamburg (Department of Prof. Andreas Engel) and later at the Charité, Berlin.
Apart from attention, my research previously concentrated on multisensory integration between the visual, auditory and somatosensory domains, and involves both EEG and behavioural measures.
Research Assistant + PhD Student
I am interested in
how we are able to interact with (and build an understanding of) the world
through our auditory and visual experiences.
My research utilises psychophysics
and brain imaging to understand what a listener can attend to, how selective
attention is affected by different sound contexts and what brain mechanisms may
be involved in this process. This work is part of a European Commission funded
project aiming to understand how listener’s attentional state can be ‘read-out’
in real time to steer a hearing aid.
I have a BSc in Psychology from the University of Liverpool (2013) and MSc in Neuroscience, Language and Communication from UCL (2014).
Lefkothea Vasiliki Andreou
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.
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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I joined the Ear Institute as a PhD student at the beginning of the academic year in 2014. My scientific background is based on acoustic engineering and signal processing. My project at UCL investigates auditory salience using non-invasive psychophysical experiments and neuroimaging techniques.
I have a BSc in Music Technology (University of York) and an MSc in Sound & Vibration (Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton). Apart from my scientific interests in the auditory neuroscience and the broader field of sound, I am also active as a music artist (q-funktion).
I am funded by an IMPACT studentship, in partnership with NTT, Japan
My research focuses on understanding how sensitivity to acoustic
patterning arises in the auditory cortex and the degree to which regularity
attracts auditory attention, by utilising functional brain imaging techniques
(fMRI, EEG, MEG) and psychophysics.
I have BSc Neuroscience and MSc
Computer Science degrees, both from UCL.
I am broadly interested in the
interdisciplinary areas of auditory neuroscience and artificial intelligence.
I am a first-year student on the 4-year PhD programme at the Institute of Neurology.
For my first lab rotation I am working in the Chait Lab, looking at MEG data which show how the brain responds to changes in sound regularity.
Before joining the Ear Institute, I worked as a Research Assistant in Bob Carlyon's group at the Cognition and Brain Sciences unit in Cambridge, developing psychophysics tasks for assessing auditory perception in cochlear implant users.
I have a BA (2012) in Natural Sciences and an MSc (2013) in Systems Biology from Cambridge University.
I am a MSc student in Clinical
Neuroscience at the Institute of Neurology, UCL.
Before starting at UCL I
trained (University of Cape Town) and worked as a medical doctor in Cape Town,
My Msc project in the Chait lab explores the auditory system's function
in change detection and its susceptibility to distracting stimuli.
I am a MSc Student from the
Dual Masters in Brain and Mind Sciences, currently pursuing my first year at
UCL's Institute of Neurology.
My project uses
EEG to identify sensitivity to patterns in sound sequences.
I have a BSc in both Chemistry and Biology (UPMC, Paris) and
will be doing my second year of master in Paris (ENS, UPMC) next year.
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.
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
I obtained a BSc in Life
Sciences in 2013 (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France) before
I’m an MSc student in the Dual Master’s in Brain & Mind Sciences
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).
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
My MSc project is looking
into listeners’ susceptibility to distraction in the course of auditory scene
I am an internship student
from École Normale Supérieure, Paris,
I have a BSc in Biology and currently pursuing an MSc in
My project in the Chait lab investigates temporal factors in
auditory figure-ground segregation.
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.
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.
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