International Workshop on Neural Mechanisms Underlying Improved Speech Perception

Part of the HWK Postdoc-Program

September 24 - 25, 2018


Lehmkuhlenbusch 4
27753 Delmenhorst


Dr. Inga Schepers
Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
HWK Associate Junior Fellow

In verbal communication, humans continuously process incoming auditory and visual speech with a dynamic and time varying structure. These speech signals are often challenging to comprehend in natural situations, for example, due to environmental noise or multiple speakers talking at the same time. Individual speech comprehension greatly varies in difficult listening situations and speech perception can be improved in normal hearing and impaired individuals when additional information is made available to the listener. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers studying the neural mechanisms underlying successful speech perception and to identify key factors for improved speech processing in normal hearing and impaired individuals.

Confirmed speakers

  • Michael Beauchamp (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)
  • Adeen Flinker (NYU School of Medicine, USA)
  • Usha Goswami (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Joachim Gross (University of Münster, Germany)
  • Christoph Kayser (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
  • Sonja Kotz (Maastricht University, Netherlands)
  • Chris Petkov (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Ediz Sohoglu (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Katharina von Kriegstein (TU Dresden, Germany)


Monday, September 24, 301

09:00 - 09:20                   Arrival and registration

09:20 - 09:30                   Inga Schepers
                                          Introduction to workshop

09:30 - 10:15                   Sonja Kotz
                                          Common ground for action-perception coupling: Consequences for speech

10:15 - 11.00                   Katharina von Kriegstein
                                          The role of the sensory thalamus in speech recognition

11:00 - 11:30                   Coffee break

11:30 - 12:15                   Usha Goswami
                                          Language acquisition, rhythmic entrainment, phonology and dyslexia          

12:15 - 12:30                   Interim discussion

12:30 - 13:15                   Chris Petkov
                                          Evolution of cognition and language: Perspectives from human and
                                          nonhuman primate neural systems

13:15 - 14:45                   Lunch at HWK

14:45 - 15:30                   Adeen Flinker
                                          Intracranial electrophysiology of speech perception and production

15:30 - 16:15                   Michael Beauchamp
                                          Eye movements, attention and multisensory speech

16:15 - 16:30                   Interim discussion

16:30 - 18:30                   Poster session and coffee break

18:30 - 20:00                   Dinner at HWK

Tuesday, September 25, 301

09:00 - 09:45                   Inga Schepers
                                          Subcortical and cortical contributions to speech perception

09:45 - 10:30                   Ediz Sohoglu
                                          Improving speech perception by minimizing prediction error

10:30 - 11:00                   Coffee break

11:00 - 11:45                   Christoph Kayser
                                          Audio-visual mechanisms of speech integration

11:45 - 12:30                   Joachim Gross
                                          What can brain oscillations tell us about speech processing?

12:30 - 13:00                   Final discussion

13:00 - 14:00                   Lunch at HWK

14:00                                Departure