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Cognitive Sciences Virtual Colloquia Series – Josh McDermott, Ph.D.
November 18, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.Free
Understanding Auditory Cortical Computation
Just by listening, humans can determine who is talking to them, whether a window in their house is open or shut, or what their child dropped on the floor in the next room. This ability to derive information from sound is enabled by a cascade of neuronal processing stages that transform the sound waveform entering the ear into cortical representations that are presumed to make behaviorally important sound properties explicit. Although much is known about the peripheral processing of sound, the subsequent computations that support behavior are less understood. This talk will describe our recent efforts to develop new models of auditory computation that can account for auditory behavior, illuminate function within auditory cortex, and help people hear better.
Josh McDermott studies sound and hearing in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, where he is an Associate Professor and heads the Laboratory for Computational Audition. His research addresses human and machine audition using tools from experimental psychology, engineering, and neuroscience. McDermott obtained a BA in Brain and Cognitive Science from Harvard, an MPhil in Computational Neuroscience from University College London, a PhD in Brain and Cognitive Science from MIT, and postdoctoral training in psychoacoustics at the University of Minnesota and in computational neuroscience at NYU. He is the recipient of a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a Troland Research Award, and the BCS Award For Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.