The University of Western Ontario
Brain and Mind Institute
London, Ontario N6A 5B7, Canada


Website: https://www.uwo.ca/bmi/

Björn Herrmann

Dr. rer. nat. (PhD)

I am a psychologist interested in Sensory and Cognitive Aging. My research combines neurophysiological with behavioral approaches to understand the sensory processes that enable humans to extract meaning from auditory signals, with the aim to understand the changes that explain the challenges older people experience with sounds in their everyday lives. Sensory impairments necessarily increase the load on cognitive capacities such as attention, which, in turn, takes a toll on the ability to engage in other tasks. My research aims to understand how listeners meet the cognitive challenges imposed by degraded sensory representations.

News & Updates

  • Neurobiology of Aging paper accepted- August 29, 2019

    Together with Chad Buckland and Ingrid Johnsrude, we show that aging is associated with changes in sensitivity to temporal regularity in sounds (bioRxiv). Neural snchronization tended to be larger, whereas sustained activity to be smaller in older compared to younger adults.

  • J Neurosci accepted our paper- July 2, 2019

    We just had our manuscript accept from J Neurosci (bioRxiv). Together with Alex Billig and the Iowa crew we use ECoG data to isolate a source of alpha oscillatory activity in the anterior-lateral auditory cortex. This was a fun project, check it out.

  • Paper accepted in BBR- October 16, 2018

    Behavioural Brain Research just accepted our manuscript (bioRxiv.) with dear colleagues from Western University. We show that alpha power, alpha frequency flexibility, and alpha long-range temporal correlations correlate with language abilities in 4 to 6 year old children.

  • Postdoc position available- September 19, 2018

    Postdoc position in Ingrid Johnsrude's lab (job ad). Come to Western University (at the Brain and Mind Institute) and work with us on human auditory perception/cognition using electrophysiology and neuroimaging in younger (and older) listeners.

  • Paper accepted in Neurobiology of Aging- August 27, 2018

    Great collaborative work with my friends and colleagues Ed Bartlett and Aravind Parthasarathy got accepted in Neurobiology of Aging. Using scalp and extracellular recordings, we show how temporal processing for speech-like sounds is altered in the aging rat. Check it out.

  • Recieved UWO BrainsCAN funding- July 20, 2018

    Good news: Our research grant is accepted for funding (UWO BrainsCAN). Ingrid S. Johnsrude and I will work on developing a new approach to assess cognitive challenges when listening to degraded auditory stimuli. This is very exciting and will hopeful provide us with interesting results.

  • New paper accepted- July 10, 2018

    The Journal of Neuroscience just accepted our new manuscript (Wilsch et al.), where we report work on the effects of temporal expectations on sensory memory using MEG. It will appear soon.

  • Journal of Neuroscience accepted paper- May 6, 2018

    I am happy to have heard back from J Neuroscience today. Our paper got accepted for publication. In three EEG experiments, we investigate the relation between neural synchronization and sustained neural activity for processing temporal patterns in sounds. Check it out.

  • Tuebingen symposium on audition and vision- March 4, 2018

    I look forward to the New Horizon Symposium on Vision and Hearing Research. If you are around, come and see great speakers. I will be talking about the processing of temporal regularities in aging on Tuesday the 6th.

  • First steps into bioRxiv- February 7, 2018

    We just made available on bioRxiv our new work on the neural signatures of temporal pattern processing (also at ARO in San Diego on Feb 13th, pdf). We investigate the relation between neural synchronization and sustained neural activity for processing temporal patterns in sounds.

  • Stimulus statistcial adaptation: J Neurosci acceptance- January 14, 2018

    The Journal of Neuroscience just accepted our manuscript (link) in which we show data on adaptation to stimulus statistics in aging. We show that adaptation to sound-level statistics is altered in auditory cortex of older people.