Josef Rauschecker


Josef Rauschecker, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Georgetown Institute for Cognitive and Computational Sciences
Director, Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition 

Ph.D., Munich Institute of Technology (1980) 
D.Sc., Neurophysiology, Tubingen University (1985) 
Postdoc: Department of Neurophysiology, Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry 


Dr. Rauschecker's research interests are functional organization and plasticity in the central nervous system. His research aims to explicate the brain's means of implementation for auditory perception and language. His laboratory is one of only a handful in the country engaged in the neurophysiology of auditory cortex in nonhuman primates. In parallel studies, he is using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in humans for the study of the neural bases of language, music and other higher auditory processing. This work should lead to a deeper understanding of brain function in autism, dyslexia, aphasia, agnosia and tinnitus, and more intelligently designed hearing aids and neural prostheses.  In this context his laboratory is also interested in the effects of sensory deprivation during brain development, relating to the question of how the brain of individuals with early blindness or deafness gets reorganized.  These studies of brain plasticity have relevance for the understanding of degenerative diseases of the brain, such as Alzheimer's disease. 

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Faculty Appointments

1995-present   Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC. Professor, Georgetown Institute for Cognitive and Computational Sciences; Professor of    Physiology and Biophysics, Neurology, and Psychology, Georgetown University

1981-1989       Adjunct Faculty appointments, University of Tübingen, Germany: Departments of Physiology (Faculty of Medicine), Biology (Faculty of Sciences), and Physiological Psychology (Faculty of Arts)

Other Professional Appointments

2012-date        Animal Research Oversight Committee, GUMC

2010-2012       Middle States Steering Committee, Georgetown University

2010-2011       Mind/Brain Working Group, Georgetown University Medical Center

2009                Centers and Institutes Committee, Georgetown University Medical Center

2006-2009       Member, Executive Council, Georgetown College

2006-2009       Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science, Georgetown University

1995-2012       Guest Researcher, Section on Cognitive Neuroscience, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, NIMH

1989-1995       National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Bethesda and Poolesville, Maryland; Senior Investigator, Laboratories of Neuropsychology and Neurophysiology

1981-1989       Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany: Research Scientist with permanent career status

Public Service

2011- present Member, Editorial Board “Neurotherapeutics”

2010-present  Associate Editor, Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience

1998-present Associate, Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS)

1998-2011       Member, Editorial Board “Audiology and Neurootology”, Karger-Verlag

1997-present  Member, Editorial Board “Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience”, Elsevier Science Publishers; since 2011 Reviewing Editor

1984-1995       Editor, Wiley Series in Neuroscience, John Wiley & Sons, New York

1984-1988       Committee Member, European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS)

Ad-Hoc Reviewer for Journals

Nature, Science, Proc. National Academy of Sciences USA, Bioessays, Biological, Cybernetics, Brain and Behavioral Sciences, Brain Research, Brain Research Reviews, Behavioural Brain Research, Cerebral Cortex, Cognitive Brain Research, Current Biology, Developmental Brain Research, European Journal of Neuroscience, European Journal of Physiology (Pflüger's Archiv), Experimental Brain Research, Hearing Research, Human Brain Mapping, Journal of Comparative Neurology, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Neuroscience, Nature Medicine, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Reviews, Neural Computation, Neuroimage, Neuron, Neuropsychologia, Neuroscience Letters, Physiological Reviews, Public Library of Science (Biology, Medicine, ONE), Psychophysiology, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Trends in Neuroscience, Vision Research, Visual Neuroscience.

Professional Societies

2000-present  New York Academy of Sciences

1990-present Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO)

1988-present Society for Neuroscience

1986-present  International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)

1981-present International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS)

Grant Support

National Science Foundation

National Eye Institute

National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Tinnitus Research Consortium