Meeting, Wednesday, May 25, 6:30PM EDT (via ZOOM)
Speaker: Dr. Josef Rauschecker, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Dr. Josef Rauschecker
Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Georgetown Institute for Cognitive and Computational Sciences
Director, Georgetown University Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition
Ph.D., Munich Institute of Technology (1980)
D.Sc., Neurophysiology, Tubingen University (1985)
Postdoc: Department of Neurophysiology, Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry
1995-present, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC. Professor, Georgetown Institute for Cognitive and Computational Sciences; Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Neurology, and Psychology, Georgetown University
1989-1995, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Bethesda and Poolesville, Maryland; Senior Investigator, Laboratories of Neuropsychology and Neurophysiology
1981-1989, Adjunct Faculty appointments, University of Tübingen, Germany: Departments of Physiology (Faculty of Medicine), Biology (Faculty of Sciences), and Physiological Psychology (Faculty of Arts)
Dr. Rauschecker’s research interests are centered on the functional organization and plasticity of the cerebral cortex.
Research in his lab focuses on the neural basis of auditory perception and auditory-motor integration in speech and music. These studies are using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in humans. Parallel studies are conducted in nonhuman primates. This work is intended to lead to a deeper understanding of brain function and dysfunction in auditory processing and speech disorders, aphasia, agnosia and apraxia of speech.
Research on hearing loss and tinnitus is aimed at understanding the brain mechanisms of this wide-spread disorder, and at the development of more intelligently designed hearing aids and neural prostheses.
Dr. Rauschecker’s laboratory is also interested in the effects of sensory deprivation during brain development, relating to the question of how the brain of individuals with early blindness or deafness is adaptively reorganized through sensory substitution. These studies of brain plasticity also have relevance for the understanding of degenerative diseases of the brain, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.