The Lab investigates the functional organization and plasticity of the cerebral cortex, with special emphasis on the neural substrates of audition in humans and nonhuman primates.
PBS aired a video segment and published an article for PBS Newhour on Tinnitus research. Click here for the interview with Dr. Josef Rauschecker.
Word Recognition Site
One of the lab’s publications by Dr. Iain DeWitt and Dr. Josef Rauschecker highlights their finding which shows a new word recognition area disputing the commonly known text-book region for word recognition, ‘Wernicke’s Area’.
In 2012, Brannon Green and Dr. Rauschecker were interviewed by NPR regarding their investigations into musical sequencing and how it relates to the memory for sequences.
Check out this podcast in Dr. Rauschecker’s native German language; a Hessischer Rundfunk interview with Dr. Rauschecker regarding his research in the US.
As part of their section on rhythm, NPR aired an interview with Dr. Jessica Phillips-Silver on her research with beat deafness
Tinnitus: An auditory phenomenon characterized by the perception of a ringing in one’s ear without any actual source sound. Tinnitus is not a disease, but a condition that can result from a wide range of underlying causes. The LINC studies the underlying causes of tinnitus through fMRI and EEG analysis. While we do not provide treatment methods for participants, the data the lab collects will hopefully provide a better understanding of the mechanisms involved.
May 25, 2022
Josef Rauschecker presents his Tinnitus research at National Capital Region Tinnitus Support Group Virtual Meeting.
October 1, 2021
The lab welcomes undergraduate student Subhiksha Balaji
September 1, 2021
The lab welcomes undergraduate student Anjul Bhangu
July 12, 2021
The lab welcomes research assistant Rosstin Afsahi.
May 31, 2021
The lab welcomes research specialist Samuel Aderiyanwi Oguntayo.
Josef Rauschecker virtually presents his research on “Where did language come from? Precursor mechanisms in nonhuman primates” at Associação Brasileira de Linguística.
March 1, 2021
The lab welcomes visiting scholar Patrik Wikman who will be working on an NIH-funded project on sensory-motor integration in the auditory dorsal stream.
December 16, 2020
Josef Rauschecker virtually presents 17th Foundation Day Lecture on “Auditory Cognition of Speech and Music” at National Brain Research Centre, India
September 28, 2020
The lab welcomes visiting scholar Stephanie Rosemann who will be working on the tinnitus project.
September 8, 2020
Josef Rauschecker published a book chapter in The Senses: A Comprehensive Reference – 2nd Edition titled The Auditory Cortex of Primates Including Man With Reference to Speech.
September 1, 2020
The lab welcomes undergraduate student Alexa King.
August 10, 2020
Maria Fasano, Enrico Glerean, Benjamin Gold, Dana Sheng, Mikko Sams, Peter Vuust, Josef Rauschecker and Elvira Brattico published a paper in Neuroscience titled Inter-subject Similarity of Brain Activity in Expert Musicians After Multimodal Learning: A Behavioral and Neuroimaging Study on Learning to Play a Piano Sonata.
June 30, 2020
Denis Archakov, Iain DeWitt, Pawel Kusmierek, Josef Rauschecker, et al. published a paper in PNAS titled Auditory representation of learned sound sequences in motor regions of the macaque brain
Mai 21, 2020
Kelly Michaelis, Laura C Erickson, Mackenzie E Fama, Laura M Skipper-Kallal, Shihui Xing, Elizabeth H Lacey, Zainab Anbari, Gina Norato, Josef P Rauschecker, Peter E Turkeltaub published a paper in Brain and Language titled Effects of age and left hemisphere lesions on audiovisual integration of speech
March 2, 2020
The lab welcomes visiting Ph.D. student Alireza Malekmohammadi.
February 26, 2020
The lab welcomes high school internship student Lauren Xu.
January 24-26, 2020
Josef Rauschecker presents his research at 43rd ARO Mid Winter Meeting in San Jose, CA.
Josef Rauschecker presents his research at the Georgetown-TUM Workshop “Restoration of neural function: Creating a vision for translational research” at Georgetown University.
September 24-25, 2019
Josef Rauschecker co-organized the TUM-Georgetown University Workshop with national and international scientific speakers/collaborators at TUM Munich, Germany.
August 29, 2019
Kiki Van der Heijden, Josef Rauschecker, Beatrice de Gelder, and Elia Formisano publish a paper in Nature Reviews Neuroscience titled Cortical Mechanisms of Spatial Hearing.
August 26, 2019
The lab welcomes master’s student Spencer Upton.
May 21, 2019
Josef Rauschecker delivers a talk at Edward Chang’s lab at UC San Francisco.
May 18, 2019
Josef Rauschecker presents his research at the 12th International Tinnitus Research Initiative Conference in conjunction with the 3rd Cross-Strait Tinnitus Seminar in Taipei, Taiwan on May 17-19, 2019.
January 25, 2019
Josef Rauschecker participated in a podcast with Tinnitus Talk.
December 2, 2018
Josef Rauschecker was appointed Technische Universität München (TUM) Ambassador by Professor Wolfgang Herrmann, TUM President, and Professor Juliane Winkelmann, Senior Vice President for International Alliances and Alumni, at the 6th Research Alumni Forum, Technical University of Munich, November 30 – December 3, 2018.
Technische Universität München (TUM) is located in Munich, Germany, TUM is one of Europe’s leading research universities.
Each year, TUM honors a group of select international top-level scientists and research alumni with the title of “TUM Ambassadors” in recognition of their services, acknowledging them as representatives of all the TUM research alumni around the globe.
TUM Ambassadors 2018
Front row from left to right: Prof. Bajram Berisha, Prof. Toshiko Takenaka, Dr. habil. Cornelia Rumpel, TUM Vizepräsidentin Prof. Juliane Winkelmann, Prof. Fuxin Liu, Prof. Alexey Bulgakov.
Back row from left to right: TUM Vizepräsident Prof. Thomas Hofmann, Prof. Sarah de Rijcke, Prof. Gianluca Iaccarino, Prof. Iris Eisenberger, Prof. Josef Rauschecker, Prof. Andrzej Sobolewski (Picture: Astrid Eckert / TUM).
November 2-7, 2018
Lars Rogenmoser presents his research at the APAN Satellite Symposium at the Annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting and the Annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting in San Diego.
Josef Rauschecker co-organizes the Neuroengineering Symposium with national and international scientific speakers/collaborators at Georgetown University.
October 11, 2018
Josef Rauschecker delivers a lecture at Neurology and Neurosurgery Grand Rounds at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
September 24, 2018
The lab welcomes research assistant Kevin Quant.
June 3-8, 2018
Josef Rauschecker organizes and co-chairs the first international Gordon Research Conference on Neuroplasticity of Sensory Systems in Hong Kong, where he also presents his research.
May 7-9, 2018
Josef Rauschecker delivers the keynote lecture “International careers in science-while staying in touch with Germany”, at TUM IGSSE Forum 2018, Raitenhaslach, Germany.
May 3-5, 2018
Josef Rauschecker delivers the talk “Where, When, and How: Towards a Unified View of the Dorsal Pathway in Vision and Audition”, at the CAOS workshop 2018 on Concepts, Actions, and Objects: Functional and Neural Perspectives, Rovereto, Italy.
April 18, 2018
Xiong Jiang, Mark Chevillet, Josef Rauschecker, and Maximilian Riesenhuber, publish a paper in Neuron titled Training humans to categorize monkey calls: Auditory feature- and category-selective neural tuning changes.
April 12-13, 2018
Josef Rauschecker delivers Jacobsen Lecture in Neuroscience, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
“Effects of Sensory Deprivation on the Brain: Plasticity in Early Blindness and Chronic Tinnitus”.
March 14-16, 2018
Josef Rauschecker chaired session IV on Cortical Tinnitus Networks and delivered the talk “New ways forward in Tinnitus Research”, at the 11th TRI Conference and 2nd TINNET Meeting “Disruptive Innovations in Tinnitus”, Regensburg, Germany.
November 24-26, 2017
Josef Rauschecker delivers the talk “Auditory Plasticity After Vision Loss”, at the 4th International Symposium “Low Vision and the Brain”, Berlin, Germany.
November 11-15, 2017
Jessica Phillips-Silver and Maeve Barrett present their research at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, DC.
October 5, 2017
Josef Rauschecker delivers a lecture on “Where did language come from? Evolutionary precursor mechanisms in the brain of non-human primates,” at the 2017 – 2018 Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience at Gallaudet University.
September 6, 2017
The lab welcomes master student Alison Schug.
July 5, 2017
Josef Rauschecker delivers a talk on dysregulation of limbic brain regions in tinnitus and chronic pain at the Schön Klinik Roseneck, Germany.
June 20-24, 2017
Josef Rauschecker presents his research at the International Neuropsychological Symposium in Sitia, Crete.
June 17-20, 2017
Josef Rauschecker co-organizes the international PIRE Workshop with scientific collaborators in Girona, Spain, where he, Dr. Maeve Barrett, and graduate student Hassan Aleem present their research.
June 15-18, 2017
Josef Rauschecker delivers the keynote lecture at “The Neurosciences and Music – VI Music, Sound and Health” at Harvard Medical Center. Jessica Phillips-Silver also presents her research.
June 1, 2017
The lab welcomes undergraduate research assistants Kate Kim, Amanda Nelson, Sophia Benson, and Luke Reilly.
May 19-24, 2017
Maeve Barrett presents her research at Vision Sciences Society 2017 at St. Pete Beach, Florida.
April 25, 2017
The lab welcomes visiting scholar Denis Archakov, who will be working on an NIH-funded project on sensory-motor integration in the auditory dorsal stream.
April 15, 2017
The lab welcomes postdoctoral fellow Daniel Cameron, who will be working on an NIH-funded project on sensory-motor integration in the auditory dorsal stream.
March 16-18, 2017
Josef Rauschecker and Jessica Phillips-Silver present their research at “Cérébration 25e Journée Scientifique” at the University of Montreal Department of Physiology.
February 22, 2017
Michael Ortiz-Rios, Paweł Kuśmierek, and Josef Rauschecker (together with collaborators Nikos Logothetis, Dávid Z. Balla, Matthias H. Munk, Georgios A. Keliris) publish a paper in Neuron titled Widespread and Opponent fMRI Signals Represent Sound Location in Macaque Auditory Cortex.
February 6, 2017
The lab welcomes research assistant Amie DiTomasso.
November 22, 2016
Graduate student Peter Jendrichovsky from the City University of Hong Kong presents at a lab meeting.
November 12-13, 2016
Pawel Kusmierek, Jessica Phillips-Silver, and Lars Rogenmoser present their research at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, CA.
November 11, 2016
Josef Rauschecker presents a TED talk on “Tinnitus: Ringing in the Brain” at TEDx Charlottesville.
September 6, 2016
The lab welcomes visiting scholar Lars Rogenmoser who will be working on the tinnitus project.
July 18, 2016
The lab welcomes graduate student Bradley White from Gallaudet University to complete his lab rotation.
July 5, 2016
The lab welcomes undergraduate students Benny Weisman, Sophia Benson, and Luke Reilly as research volunteers for the summer.
June 30, 2016
The lab welcomes visiting professor Mayte Daza-Gonzalez from the University of Almeria, Spain, who will be working on a project with deaf children.
May 31, 2016
The lab welcomes visiting scholar Maeve Barrett who will be working on a project about multisensory processing in blind humans.
May 26, 2016
IPN Graduate student Laura Erickson (co-mentored by Peter Turkeltaub) successfully defends her thesis titled “Examination of Audiovisual Speech Processes, The McGurk Effect and the Heteromodal Superior Temporal Sulcus in the Human Brain Across Numerous Approaches”. Congratulations Laura!
Amber Leaver, Anna Seydell-Greenwald, and Josef Rauschecker publish a paper about chronic tinnitus. A figure from this paper is featured on the cover of the April 2016 issue of Hearing Research.
April 14, 2016
The lab hosts guest researcher Ella Striem-Amit from Harvard University for a special PIRE seminar, “The Senseless brain: Sensory-independent brain organization in people born blind, deaf, or without hands”.
March 30, 2016
The lab hosts guest researcher Iiro Jääskeläinen from Aalto University for a special PIRE seminar, “Brain mechanisms supporting comprehension of acoustically degraded short sentences”.
March 22, 2016
Laura Erickson, Josef Rauschecker, and Peter Turkeltaub publish a paper in Brain Structure and Function on Meta-analytic connectivity modeling of the human superior temporal sulcus.
March 10, 2016
The lab hosts guest researcher Leo Van Hemmen from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) for a special PIRE seminar, “Learning tinnitus”.
March 8, 2016
The lab hosts guest researcher Petri Toiviainen from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland for the Neuroscience Seminar series, “Studying the musical brain with natural-stimulus fMRI”.
February 8, 2016
Josef Rauschecker is interviewed about a paper on Neural pathways for music by the New York Times.
January 27, 2016
Amber Leaver and Josef Rauschecker publish an article in the Journal of Neuroscience about the topography of human auditory cortex.
January 15, 2016
IPN Graduate student Brannon Green successfully defends his thesis. Congratulations Brannon!
January 14, 2016
Brannon Green and Josef Rauschecker are authors on a paper published in NeuroImage about Early-latency categorical speech representations.
January 12, 2016
Josef Rauschecker is an author on a paper published in PNAS about Metabolic connectivity in the resting human brain.
December 16, 2015
Josef Rauschecker is mentioned in an article from the McGovern Institute at MIT about recent scientific discoveries on neural pathways for music.
November 10, 2015
Josef Rauschecker and Pawel Kusmierek receive a 5-year R01 NIH grant for a project on sensory-motor integration in the auditory dorsal stream.
Josef Rauschecker and Audrey Maudoux (together with co-authors Markus Ploner and Elisabeth May of TUM, Munich) publish an article in Trends in Cognitive Sciences about Tinnitus and chronic pain.
September 23, 2015
Josef Rauschecker’s work on tinnitus is featured in Live Science, Motherboard, Medical Xpress, Medical Daily, Neurology Advisor, Medical News Today, TUM Research News, and GUMC Stories about uncovering the brain abnormalities responsible for tinnitus and chronic pain.
September 8, 2015
Josef Rauschecker and Sophie Scott publish a chapter in Neurobiology of Language about Pathways and streams in the auditory cortex.
September 7, 2015
Josef Rauschecker organizes a workshop in Munich about tinnitus and chronic pain, sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies, TUM, Munich.
August 28, 2015
Iain DeWitt and Josef Rauschecker publish an article in Cortex about Auditory single-word comprehension.
May 18, 2015:
NPR airs a story about cochlear implants and music, with Jessica Phillips-Silver.
May 15-20, 2015:
Paula Plaza presents a talk at the Vision Sciences Society meeting, titled: “Rewiring the visual cortex of the congenitally blind: Seeing faces with the ears activates the left fusiform face area”.
February 8, 2015
Paula Plaza and Jessica Phillips-Silver are featured in a GUMC article about the neuroscience of music and movement in the blind.
January 25, 2015
GUMC releases a press release about an article in Hearing Research that investigated how cochlear implant users can hear and feel the beat in music.
November 15-19, 2014:
LINC members present their research at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC.
June 24, 2014:
NPR airs an interview with Jessica Phillips-Silver about beat deafness.
June 22, 2014
Anna SeydellGreenwald, Erika Raven, Amber Leaver, Ted Turesky, and Josef Rauschecker publish a paper in Neural Plasticity.
June 1, 2014:
Laura Erickson, Brandon Zielinski, Jennifer Zielinski, Guoying Liu, Peter Turkeltaub, Amber Leaver and Josef Rauschecker publish a paper in Frontiers in Psychology.
February 5, 2014:
Paweł Kuśmierek and Josef Rauschecker publish a paper in the Journal of Neurophysiology.
November 10-13, 2013:
LINC members present their research at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego.
November 6, 2013:
PBS airs segment on Tinnitus and interviews Josef Rauschecker of LINC at Georgetown University.
March 27, 2013:
Biao Tian, Pawel Kuśmierek, and Josef Rauschecker publish a paper in PNAS: Analogues of simple and complex cells in rhesus monkey auditory cortex
November 8, 2012:
LINC lab members discuss their exciting research findings with NPR during Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans, LA: The Beatles’ Surprising Contribution To Brain Science.