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Lab Mission

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.


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PBS aired a video segment and published an article for PBS Newhour on Tinnitus research. Click here for the interview with Dr. Josef Rauschecker.

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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’.

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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.

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Check out this podcast in Dr. Rauschecker’s native German language; a Hessischer Rundfunk interview with Dr. Rauschecker regarding his research in the US.

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Beat Deafness

As part of their section on rhythm, NPR aired an interview with Dr. Jessica Phillips-Silver on her research with beat deafness

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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. 

NEWS

2019

September 24-25, 2019

Dr. Rauschecker co-organizes 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 presented 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. 
https://www.tinnitustalk.com/podcast/episode/searching-tinnitus-cure-josef-rauschecker/

2018

December 2, 2018

Josef Rauschecker was appointed 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.

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.

October 22-24,2018

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

Dr. 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.

2017

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’s 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.

2016

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!

April 2016

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.

2015

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.

October 2015

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.

2014

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.

2013

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

2012

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.

April 5, 2012:
New article published in Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience: Cortico-limbic morphology separates tinnitus from tinnitus distress. See our publications page for details.

February 15, 2012:
New article published in Journal of Neurophysiology: Sound-identity processing in early areas of the auditory ventral stream in the macaque. See our publications page for details.