Bernhard Ross - Neuromagnetic studies of auditory brain function

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Seminar Room
Event Type: 
Hearing Seminar

I'm happy to introduce Bernhard Ross to the Hearing Seminar community.  Bernhard uses MEG (magnetoencephalography) to study the response of the brain to auditory stimuli.  He'll be talking about his work to understand concious perception, and how they change with aging and injury.


MEG is an equisitely sensitive way to non-invasively measure cortical responses.  In past Hearing Seminars we've talked about fMRI (great spatial resolution and poor temporal resolution) and EEG (poor spatial resolution but good temporal selectivity, albeit noisy).  MEG is in the middle.

    Who:    Bernhard Ross (Rotman Research Institute in Toronto)

    What:    Neuromagnetic studies of auditory brain function

    When:    Tuesday, September 25 at 1:15PM  <<<<  Note different date

    Where:    CCRMA Seminar Room (Top floor of the Knoll)


Prof. Takako Fujioka, our newest CCRMA faculty member, is married to Bernhard so I hope we'll see more of him at Stanford in the coming years.  This will be an introduction to his work.


We've got other talks lined up in auditory attention and the cocktail party.. .and a number of open slots.  Let me know if there is something you want to hear about, or somebody we should invite.  The normal slot for the Hearing Seminar will remain on Friday at 1:15PM, but we do make accomodations for travel and out of town guests.


See you at CCRMA on Tuesday.  Bring your favorite auditory processor.  No cryogenics required (for the talk.)


Title: Neuromagnetic studies of auditory brain function.



The presentation introduces magnetoencephalography (MEG) as a noninvasive method for studying brain function of auditory perception and cognition. - With MEG we can obtain objective measures of specific auditory processing, which will be demonstrated with a study of binaural hearing for sound localization. - A brief overview of the possibilities of using MEG in music research will be provided.



Bernhard Ross is the director of the laboratory for magnetoencephalography at the Rotman research Institute in Toronto and an associate professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. He received his basic education in electrical engineering and a Ph.D in medical sciences. He was involved in the development of objective diagnostic measures of hearing function in clinical applications and he conducted pioneering work in developing the method of magnetoencephalography. Currently his research examines central brain function of auditory processing for understanding how the brain interprets sound information for conscious perception and how those auditory functions change during aging or as the effect of brain injury and disease.



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