We conduct research on audition and speech perception, as well as the disorders (e.g., 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.
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
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