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The listening challenge: How ageing brains adapt

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Project "AUDADAPT" data sheet

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Organization address
city: LUBECK
postcode: 23562

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙967˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙967˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2020-12-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAET zu LUEBECK DE (LUBECK) coordinator 1˙967˙000.00


 Project objective

Humans in principle adapt well to sensory degradations. In order to do so, our cognitive strategies need to adjust accordingly (a process we term “adaptive control”).The auditory sensory modality poses an excellent, although under-utilised, research model to understand these adjustments, their neural basis, and their large variation amongst individuals. Hearing abilities begin to decline already in the fourth life decade, and our guiding hypothesis is that individuals differ in the extent to which they are neurally, cognitively, and psychologically equipped to adapt to this sensory decline. The project will pursue three specific aims: (1) We will first specify the neural dynamics of “adaptive control” in the under-studied target group of middle-aged listeners compared to young listeners. We will employ advanced multi-modal neuroimaging (EEG and fMRI) markers and a flexible experimental design of listening challenges. (2) Based on the parameters established in (1), we will explain interindividual differences in adaptive control in a large-scale sample of middle-aged listeners, and aim to re-test each individual again after approximately two years. These data will lead to (3) where we will employ statistical models that incorporate a broader context of audiological, cognitive skill, and personality markers and reconstructs longitudinal “trajectories of change” in adaptive control over the middle-age life span. Pursuing these aims will help establish a new theoretical framework for the adaptive ageing brain. The project will further break new ground for future classification and treatment of hearing difficulties, and for developing individualised hearing solutions. Profiting from an excellent research environment and the principle investigator’s pre-established laboratory, this research has the potential to challenge and to transform current understanding and concepts of the ageing human individual.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Malte Wöstmann, Jonas Obleser
Acoustic Detail But Not Predictability of Task-Irrelevant Speech Disrupts Working Memory
published pages: , ISSN: 1662-5161, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00538
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10 2020-04-14
2016 Malte Wöstmann, Björn Herrmann, Burkhard Maess, Jonas Obleser
Spatiotemporal dynamics of auditory attention synchronize with speech
published pages: 3873-3878, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1523357113
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113/14 2020-04-14
2017 Jonas Obleser, Molly J. Henry, Peter Lakatos
What do we talk about when we talk about rhythm?
published pages: e2002794, ISSN: 1545-7885, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2002794
PLOS Biology 15/9 2020-04-14
2017 Malte Wöstmann, Sung-Joo Lim, Jonas Obleser
The Human Neural Alpha Response to Speech is a Proxy of Attentional Control
published pages: 3307-3317, ISSN: 1047-3211, DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhx074
Cerebral Cortex 27/6 2020-04-14
2017 Lorenz Fiedler, Malte Wöstmann, Carina Graversen, Alex Brandmeyer, Thomas Lunner, Jonas Obleser
Single-channel in-ear-EEG detects the focus of auditory attention to concurrent tone streams and mixed speech
published pages: 36020, ISSN: 1741-2560, DOI: 10.1088/1741-2552/aa66dd
Journal of Neural Engineering 14/3 2020-04-14
2017 Eline Borch Petersen, Malte Wöstmann, Jonas Obleser, Thomas Lunner
Neural tracking of attended versus ignored speech is differentially affected by hearing loss
published pages: 18-27, ISSN: 0022-3077, DOI: 10.1152/jn.00527.2016
Journal of Neurophysiology 117/1 2020-04-14
2018 Malte Wöstmann, Johannes Vosskuhl, Jonas Obleser, Christoph S. Herrmann
Opposite effects of lateralised transcranial alpha versus gamma stimulation on auditory spatial attention
published pages: 752-758, ISSN: 1935-861X, DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2018.04.006
Brain Stimulation 11/4 2020-04-14
2017 Mohsen Alavash, Christoph Daube, Malte Wöstmann, Alex Brandmeyer, Jonas Obleser
Large-scale network dynamics of beta-band oscillations underlie auditory perceptual decision-making
published pages: 166-191, ISSN: 2472-1751, DOI: 10.1162/NETN_a_00009
Network Neuroscience 1/2 2020-04-14
2018 Sarah Tune, Malte Wöstmann, Jonas Obleser
Probing the limits of alpha power lateralisation as a neural marker of selective attention in middle-aged and older listeners
published pages: , ISSN: 0953-816X, DOI: 10.1111/ejn.13862
European Journal of Neuroscience 2020-04-14
2018 Mohsen Alavash, Sung-Joo Lim, Christiane Thiel, Bernhard Sehm, Lorenz Deserno, Jonas Obleser
Dopaminergic modulation of hemodynamic signal variability and the functional connectome during cognitive performance
published pages: 341-356, ISSN: 1053-8119, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.01.048
NeuroImage 172 2020-04-14
2017 Leonhard Waschke, Malte Wöstmann, Jonas Obleser
States and traits of neural irregularity in the age-varying human brain
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-17766-4
Scientific Reports 7/1 2020-04-14

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