The Predictive Auditory System Through the Lens Of Magnetoencephalography


Department of Psychologie & Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS), Austria

Thursday 30 November 2023 | 17:15 and 18:15 h | online and in presence | Atelier im KunstQuartier, Bergstraße 12a | 5020 Salzburg | Austria | In English

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Our brains are exquisitely specialized in extracting statistical regularities from incoming sensory inputs to predict future events. Especially in the visual system, it has been shown that this process involves an anticipatory engagement of sensory “templates“ of the predicted events. Such purely top-down-driven and anticipatory (predicted) feature-specific activation has been less established in the auditory system. In the first part of the talk, Nathan Weisz will introduce an experimental approach developed by our group to eavesdrop on these processes, including concrete applications in normal and hearing-disordered groups. In the second part of the talk, Thomas Hartmann visualizes what happens when musicians anticipate that an upcoming tone is not „in tune“. The results show what happens when a highly interalized rule (correct intonation of notes in a chord) is in conflict with a second rule, derived from the current stimulation sequence.

The lecturers

  • Nathan Weisz is Professor of Physiological Psychology at Department of Psychology and part of the team of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg
  • Thomas Hartmann is Senior Scientist at Department of Psychology and part of the team of the  Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg

Lecture series “Music & Medicine” (in German)

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