The Department of Biomedicine

BBB Seminar: René Westerhausen

Cognitive control of auditory speech perception

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René Westerhausen
Department of Biological and Medical Psychology, University of Bergen

Our brains need to extract information from the environment in accordance with our internal goals. Thus, sensory input needs to be filtered and selectively processed in interaction with internalized representations of current aims. An example of a complex sensory input is attending to a single person's words in a multi-talker situation. The cognitive functions that allow us to do this are referred to as cognitive control. In this presentation, data from a series of studies is discussed, dealing with cerebral localization, temporal resolution and neurochemical underpinnings of cognitive control in speech perception.

Chair: Kenneth Hugdahl, Department of Biological and Medical Psychology