We are interested in human hearing, including the perception of phantom sounds and tinnitus. Our aim is to understand the neuronal mechanisms behind audition and to disentangle how our brain and especially non-auditory networks such as emotions or attentional demands define what we hear. Relevant neuronal processes are studied in normal hearing participants and participants experiencing tinnitus. Besides the investigation of auditory perception in patients suffering from chronic tinnitus, we are strongly interested in examining neuronal conditions defining a vulnerability for developing tinnitus and in disclosing neurophysiological processes explaining the transition from acute to chronic tinnitus.
We are part of the Center for Biomagnetism, located at the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Erlangen. We have access to a MEG scanner (4D Neuroimaging, 248 channels), a MRI scanner (Cooperation with the Neuroradiology, University Hospital Erlangen) and to intracranial data sets (Cooperation with the Epilepsy Center, University Hospital Erlangen). Our research is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Emmy-Noether Junior Research Group).
Please have a look at the following links for more specific information on our projects:
Hearing as a product of the brain: How do non-auditory processes affect what and how we hear?
Development of tinnitus: Which neurophysiological processes take place when tinnitus emerges? Can specific brain states inhibit the emergence of tinnitus?
Chronification of tinnitus: Which neurophysiological processes make tinnitus persistent?
If you are interested in helping our research by participating in our experiments, please feel free to contact us any time!
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If you are interested in working with us, please contact Nadia Müller-Voggel via e-mail.
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