Josef Rauschecker

Josef Rauschecker

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

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 centered on the functional organization and plasticity of the cerebral cortex. Research in his lab focuses on the neural basis of auditory perception and auditory-motor integration in speech and music. These studies are using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in humans. Parallel studies are conducted in nonhuman primates. This work is intended to lead to a deeper understanding of brain function and dysfunction in auditory processing and speech disorders, aphasia, agnosia and apraxia of speech. Research on hearing loss and tinnitus is aimed at understanding the brain mechanisms of this wide-spread disorder, and at the development of more intelligently designed hearing aids and neural prostheses.  Dr. Rauschecker’s 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 is adaptively reorganized through sensory substitution.  These studies of brain plasticity also have relevance for the understanding of degenerative diseases of the brain, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’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

2020-present Member, Editorial Board “Aging Brain”

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