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Welcome to the ACN Lab!

We conduct research on hearing and speech perception, as well as the disorders (e.g., hearing loss, tinnitus) associated with them.  This is done by using a combination of computational modeling, brain imaging experiments, and behavioral experiments. Computational modeling allows for the generation of detailed, elaborate computer programs that simulate auditory and speech perception in the brain, specifically the cerebral cortex. The modeling allows us to describe the essence of a phenomenon being studied and to make testable predictions. The predictions made by the model are tested using behavioral and imaging tools. We use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to obtain detailed images of the structure and function of the brain, in particular, to investigate the differences between patient populations and healthy controls. This will allows us to evaluate therapies and to propose novel treatment methods for a particular disorder.

Our research is conducted at the Department of Speech and Hearing Science and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are in the process of updating our website, please check back again.


ACNLab in the News

We are about to start a brand new project to better understand the neural correlates of tinnitus! Read more about it here: http://illinois.edu/lb/article/2953/92444

If you have severe or bothersome tinnitus and wish to participate in our studies, please see: Participants needed


Link to papers from our lab (continually updated): Via  Pubmed


Read about our emotional processing paper here: http://illinois.edu/emailer/newsletter/54927.html

 Jenise Chappell obtained a student ATA reesarch grant under the mentorship of Dr. Husain: http://illinois.edu/lb/article/2953/85300

ACNLab Research Reported on Futurity


Combined VBM and DTI Imaging Study: Hearing Loss May Lead to Permanent Changes in the Brain


ACN Lab fMRI Study Outlines Possible Differences in Neural Bases of Tinnitus and Hearing Impairment


A video explaining part of our research can be found here.



We are looking for participants with severe or bothersome tinnitus who can travel to our lab in Urbana-Champaign, IL for a study. 

If you have tinnitus and would like to participate, please contact us. For more details see: Participants needed

Help us understand tinnitus better by completing our surveys, if you have tinnitus yourself or are an audiologist


Looking for a few good PhD students


Tinnitus Symposium - 2013, organized by the ACN Lab


Lab Presentations for 2012/13 Academic Year


Tinnitus Information Session, April 11 2012



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