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Vision, Hearing, Eye Movements, and the Brain

Jennifer M. Groh, Ph.D.

 
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OUR MISSION

How do our senses work together? Our eyes and ears cooperate to help us understand our environment. We frequently perceive visual and auditory stimuli as being bound together if they seem likely to have arisen from a common source. That's why we tend not to notice that the speakers on TV sets or in movie theatres are located beside, and not behind, the screen. Research in my laboratory is devoted to investigating the question of how the brain coordinates the information arising from the ears and eyes. Our findings challenge the historical view of the brain's sensory processing as being automatic, autonomous, and immune from outside influence.

JOB OPENINGS

Interested in joining our research team?  We have openings.  

THE BRAIN AND SPACE

I believe space is so important to brain function that I've written a whole book about it! Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are, Harvard University Press, November 2014. For a general audience, including interested students. Supported by a Guggenheim fellowship. See Table of Contents and Index. Reviews in Nature and the New Scientist. Also Amazon.

Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are

You can also take my free online course The Brain and Space on Coursera. Open now on Coursera's "on demand" platform (posted May 2016).

MEDIA COVERAGE

Our latest discovery regarding the connections between the senses reaches down into the ear itself.  There are no safe spaces... Coverage of our biorxiv preprint at the New Scientist.

I was on BBC World Service: The Forum on October 18, 2014: Natural Navigation. Audio here. And on WUNC (NPR) "The State of Things" with Frank Stasio on Dec 5, 2014. Audio here. Also Ideas Roadshow and CBC radio's IDEAS .

What timing! Maybe the Nobel committee took my online course. Video of lecture explaining the work honored by the 2014 Medicine Nobel can be seen here.

Ventriloquism and the Brain on CBC's Quirks and Quarks. More here. Article in Telegraph.

Another ventriloquism study. Article in Raleigh News and Observer. Interview on. WPTF radio.

And our study showing that the superior colliculus uses a map for visual stimuli and a meter for sounds - and this is even true for the motor-related activity. Coverage here and here.

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LATEST STUDIES- JOIN THE LAB!

We are currently working on time division multiplexing, a strategy the brain may use to enhance its processing capacity and permit representation of more than one object or event at once. This is collaborative work with Prof Surya Tokdar (Duke Statistics).

We are also working on eardrum movements that accompany eye movements, in collaboration with Kurtis Gruters, PhD (lab alum) Christopher Shera (USC) and David Smith (Univ Florida).

We are hiring for both of these projects at the research assistant and postdoctoral levelsApplicants should email cover letter describing relevant experimental and computational experience, CV, and names of reference to jmgroh [at] duke [dot] edu .  

GRADUATE STUDENT OPENINGS

I anticipate an opening for a graduate student for the fall of 2018. Most of my students come from one of the following programs: Psychology and Neuroscience, Neurobiology, or the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. I encourage interested applicants to contact me at: .contact and to consider taking my Coursera course on "The Brain and Space". This course will give you a taste of how I like to think about the brain as well as an introduction to some of our scientific discoveries and those of other researchers.

COMMUNICATING ABOUT SCIENCE

I occasionally tweet about science, education, and policy as @JMGrohNeuro. Here is my ResearchGate profile

ANNE'S LIST

(Last updated Feb 2017)

 
 
 

 THE BRAIN AND SPACE
What Copernicus and your brain have in common.

NEURAL CODES
Does your brain think in digital or analog?

SEEING EARS AND HEARING EYES
How your brain combines what you see with what you hear.

BRAIN STIMULATION AND AUDITORY PROSTHESES
What monkeys hear when activity is electrically evoked in the auditory pathway, and what that means for designing auditory brain prostheses for hearing-impaired humans.
 
 
   
  
             
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Jennifer Groh
 

JENNIFER M. GROH, PH.D

LAB DIRECTOR

Professor
Dept. of Psychology and Neuroscience

Dept. of Neurobiology
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

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LAB DIRECTOR
Professor
Dept. of Psychology and Neuroscience
Dept. of Neurobiology
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

(CV)

   

           
Valeria Caruso
  VALERIA CARUSO   POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW    
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  STEPHANIE SCHLEBUSCH
  LAB MANAGER    
Shawn Willett
  SHAWN WILLETT   GRADUATE STUDENT    

           

David Murphy
   DAVID MURPHY
   
 GRADUATE STUDENT
   
  JEFF MOHL   GRADUATE STUDENT    

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