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Prof Jennifer Bizley
UCL Ear Institute
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  • Professor of Auditory Neuroscience
  • The Ear Institute
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

I am currently a Wellcome Trust / Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow. I have an MA in Natural Sciences (Neuroscience) from the University of Cambridge, and completed my D.Phil within the physiology department at the University of Oxford. I established my lab at the UCL Ear Institute in 2011. 

Research Summary

Listening, as distinct from hearing, requires that the brain makes sense of the complex mixture of sound that enters our ear and arranges these sound elements into sources, such as the voice of your friend, or the hiss of a coffee machine. To listen effectively requires effective auditory processing, combined with selective attention and even multisensory integration. My lab asks how are complex sound features represented in and beyond auditory cortex, and how do non-auditory factors influence this. We combine behavioural work in humans and animals with neurophysiological recordings, perturbation of neural activity and computational methods.

Current research projects include: 
  • What role does visual information play in shaping the processing of sound? 
  • How, and in which coordinate frame, does auditory cortex represent space?
  • How does auditory cortex interact with other brain regions to perform auditory scene analysis?
  • Can we develop better listening tests for clinical investigations? 

Teaching Summary

I co-lead EARI0019: Research Methods and Statistics with Dr Jennifer Linden, (hosted @UCL Ear Institute), and contribute lectures to MSc programs across UCL on auditory cortical function and multisensory processing. 

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