Faculty of Human Sciences: Linguistics - How the brain creates a sense of auditory space

Faculty of Human Sciences: Linguistics - How the brain creates a sense of auditory space



Project Name

How the Brain Creates a Sense of Auditory Space

Project Description

Humans are sensitive to tiny differences in the timing of a sound at each ear (interaural time differences, ITDs),enabling them to determine the location of the sound source. This project asks the question ‘What is the representation of ITDs in the human brain?'. Employing a combination of state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques-magneto-encephalography (MEG), functional near- infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and electro-encephalography (EEG), this project will explore how the brain's representation of this auditory spatial cue is transformed from brainstem to cortex. This project forms part of a broad research programme investigating mechanisms of spatial hearing that link cellular, systems and perceptual investigations. Ultimately, it will lead to an understanding of the human auditory brain that will facilitate novel technologies and interventions to improve hearing function.

Other Important Information

This project is a collaboration as part of an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship awarded to Professor David McAlpine. The successful candidate will work at Macquarie University with Professor McAlpine and Assoc. Prof. Blake Johnson using MEG and EEG to explore brain function in human listeners. Professor McAlpine's research team, located in Macquarie's Australian Hearing Hub, spans researchers linking data from in vivo recordings in experimental animals with data from neural models, to investigations of human brain function and cochlear implantation. A/P Johnson's research laboratory investigates a broad range of cognitive brain function related to hearing and communication. The project will also involve a collaboration with Dr Hamish lnnes-Brown of the Bionics Institute in Melbourne, combining EEG with fNIRS to assess the utility of this emerging technique for understanding human brain function.

Professor David McAlpine
+61 2 9850 8796

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a:

* Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 Scholarship followed by a possible ARC scholarship for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD 'bundle offer


* Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program. The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

$26,694 rate listed on ARC website -salaries and stipends 2017

The MRes Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26,694 per annum (2017 rate) tax exempt

* The PhD full-time stipend rate is $26,694 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines.

Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the scholarship code (HDR Scholarship McAlpine Laureate Fellowship) on your application .

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