- 18/12/2015: An early Christmas present from Oticon
An early Christmas present from our collaborators in Eriksholm - Oticon: an in-ear EEG system!.
Instead of measuring brain activity using electrodes placed on the scalp (e.g. see photo at the top of this page), we can now measure brain responses using these small hearing-aid like devices inserted into the ear (3 electrodes in each ear canal).
We are very excited to try this out on our various paradigms.
If successful, this technology is set to revolutionize hearing aids, by enabling them to modulate their output, in real time, based on signals measured from the user's brain.
- 16/12/2015: Quizmas
Team Chait-Bizley are working hard at the Ear Institue Christmas quiz.
...and they won (the very respectable) second place.
- 16/12/2015: Sijia's e-book is out.
- 12/12/2015: Kate's new paper is featured in the Huffington Post.
Read it here:
- 11/12/2015: Real time, sound-based, brain-machine interface
A demo of a simple (work-in-progress) auditory-based brain-computer interface machine created by Daniel Wong (ENS, Paris) and Jens Hjortkjær (DTU, Denmark) as part of our COCOHA project. The short (pilot) clip was filmed during a recent work visit to DTU.
Soren is wearing an EEG cap which is recording his brain responses. He is listening to a speech by president Obama, embedded in background audience noise. The device uses signals from Soren’s brain to suppress the background noise: The more intently Soren listens to Barak Obama’s voice, the clearer it becomes. In the video – the background noise is initially quite loud but as Soren concentrates on the speech, Pr. Obama’s voice becomes clearer (E.g. around 0.08’’). It then becomes noisy again as Soren withdraws his attention. Better quality video will be posted soon.
COCOHA aims to create a new generation of hearing aids that can be controlled based on the listeners’ brain signals. It is based on a collabraotion between our Lab with partners in DTU, ENS, UZH and Eriksholm.
- 09/12/2015: Study Explains How Screen Time Causes 'Inattentional Deafness'
(They get the location of auditory cortex a bit wrong though....)
- 09/12/2015: Watch Out! Visual Concentration Can Leave You Temporarily ‘Deaf’
- 07/12/2015: Can binaural beats induce 'expanded awareness'?
(VICE magazine asked us to comment. Read the article here)
- 04/12/2015: Christmas dinner 2015
- 30/11/2015: 2016 Flame Challenge
We are on the screening panel for this year's Flame Challenge : "What is sound?"
The Flame Challenge is an international competition where scientists answer the question in a way that is most appropriate for 11-year-olds. Entries are judged by thousands of 5th and 6th grade schoolchildren around the world.
- 27/11/2015: Congratulations Dr. Lefkothea Andreou
- 10/09/2015: Sijia granted the MMN conference travel award
Congraulations to Sijia for winning the MMN conference travel award.
- 31/07/2015: in2science
- 30/07/2015: Visit by Makoto Yoneya from NTT
Makoto Yoneya, an engineer from NTT, Japan, is visiting the lab this summer. His visit is part of an ongoing collaboration with NTT, also supported by the BBSRC. Makoto's experiments use eye tracking to determine whether micro-saccades (very small eye movements) can be used to understand auditory attention.
- 28/07/2015: Decision outing
The lab is out on the town, visiting the 'Decision' exhibit at the Hayward Gallery.
The giant (3 story!) slide.
Apparently, world's most complicated clock.
Walking through a virtual forest:
upside down London:
- 25/07/2015: "The Lab project"
The Lab Project is an experimental month long exhibition and events program that explores the interactions between art and science. Our work is featured in the 'step 1' symposium which brings together scientists and creative practitioners to discuss possible 'entanglements' between science and art: " How can we use sound to affect one's experience of their surroundings?"
- 25-26 /06/2015: UCL-PSL workshop on Sensory Systems in Complex Environments
- 22/06/2015: Jonathan Simon visits
Jonathan Simon visits
- 19/06/2015: Chait lab is the lab poster first prize winner at the UCL Neuroscience Symposium
- 05/05/2015: Chait lab experiences a new sense
Read about the seventh sense "Inaudible sounds" project:
- 26/03/2015: Sijia is interviewed by BBC China.
Read the interview with Sijia on the BBC site:
- 17/03/2015: Chait lab does hinthunt
- 03/02/2015: Congratulations to newly minted *Dr.* Nicolas Barascud
- 24/01/2015: The COCOHA project
24/01/2015: The COCOHA project - "Cognitive Steering of a Hearing Aid" is officially launched in Paris. Exciting 4 years ahead!
- 13/01/2015: We were just awarded a PhD studentship by AoHL
We were just awarded a PhD studentship by AoHL. The project is titled: "Evaluating hearing impaired listeners’ sensitivity to changes in dynamic, complex acoustic scenes - Implications for assessing auditory impairment and the benefit attained from a hearing aid". The position (with a starting date of September 2015) will be advertised soon.
- Chait lab at Christmas dinner 2014
Chait lab (-flu victims+friends) at Christmas dinner 2014. Alas after we have eaten all the food!
- Old news
- Our work on sensitivity to patterns in sound featured in 5Hz Labs at the Arnolfini in Bristol (16/11/2014)
- UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences 'Meet the Researcher' project video
- We have just been awarded a Royal Society International Exchange grant to support a new project with Juanita Todd in Newcastle, Australia. (01/07/2014).
- Lucie Aman wins the MSc Student prize at the 15th Queen Square Neuroscience Symposium
- Two lab members: Lucie Aman and Anissa Bellahcen, participating in the UCL opera production of Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Snowmaiden"
- Our work featured on BBC Radio 4's "All in the mind" (24.12.2013)
- Maria Chait to speak in the BNA 2013 Christmas Symposium
- Brain picks out salient sounds from background noise by tracking frequency and time
- Hearing brains are 'deaf' to the disappearance of sounds
- UCL researchers use unique machine to deepen understanding of how brain processes sound
- Maria Chait talks about the brain (presentation targeted towards middle school students as part of the "My hearing my future" campaign).