Our lab is interested in various aspects of human perception and cognition. We investigate how the brain analyzes and interprets complex auditory and visual stimuli that our senses extract from the surrounding environment. In our research, we use behavioral experiments, computational modeling, and neural imaging. The basic science that we perform has many applications in fields such as hearing aids, auditory displays, human-computer interaction, virtual environments, and machine perception.

Recent updates and upcoming events

We are preparing the 3rd Workshop on Cognitive neuroscience of auditory and cross-modal perception, to be held on May 29-31, 2017 in Kosice
(download the Workshop announcement).

PhD position available to work on game development in ALT project.

May 2017 We are hosting Erick Gallun, from Portland VA/OHSU.
April 2017 New conference papers by Tomoriová et al. (2017), Šebeňa et al. (2017), and Lokša & Kopčo (2017) , to be presented at Kognícia a umelý život (Cognition and Artificial Life), 31.5. – 2.6.2017, Trenčianske Teplice.

April 2017 Gabika Andrejkova was awarded the Large Medal of St. Gorazd by the Minster of Education of Slovakia for her educational work on the Olympiad in Informatics.


March 2017 New paper “Streaming and sound localization with a preceding distractor” by Norbert Kopčo, Gabriela Andrejková, Virginia Best and Barbara Shinn-Cunningham was accepted for publication in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Express Letters.


Feb 2017 Eleni Vlahou was awarded a Short-Term Scientific Mission grant to work on a videogame that improves tinnitus symptoms using spatial hearing training with virtual auditory display techniques, in collaboration with colleagues from the TINNET consortium.

Feb 2017 We were awarded a new grant to study Plasticity of spatial processing in normal and cochlear implant hearing, in collaboration with our colleagues at the Austrian Academy of Science and Charles University.

Nov 9 Invited talk by Kopco at the HKP conference.

Oct 2016 Erick Gallun awarded a SAIA travel grant to visit our lab in May 2017.

Oct 4 Seminar “Developing games to improve auditory processing abilities” by Aaron Seitz and Erick Gallun
Sept 2016
A new paper “Intracortical depth analyses of frequency-sensitive regions of human auditory cortex using 7T fMRI” by Ahveninen, Chang, Huang, Keil, Kopco, Rossi, Bonmassar, Witzel, and Polimeni accepted for publication in NeuroImage.

Jun 2016 Invited talk (Kopco) and and 2 presentations (Andrejkova, Loksa) at the Cognition & AL conference.

May 2016

We gained access to powerful computational infrastructure within the Slovak national project Data center for science and research (a multi-cpu cluster with Matlab and SAS)

Our lab joins TINNET: An Action for Better Understanding the Heterogeneity of Tinnitus to Improve and Develop New Treatments, a European research network funded by the COST program under the Action number BM1306.

PhD position available.

New paper on “ITD-based modeling of speech localization in a multi-talker mixture usingperiodicity and energy-based auditory features” by Josupeit, Kopco, and Hohmann accepted for publication in JASA.

March 2016 New grant on “Dynamic processes in spatial hearing” funded by the Slovak Science Grant Agency.

February 2016 Poster presented at the Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology in San Diego, CA. Poster title: “Modeling the Integration of Audio-Visual Distance Information”.

January 2016
Ľuboš Hládek successfully defended his dissertation. Thesis title: Learning Auditory Distance Perception: Experimental Studies and Computational Models.

Sept 2015 New grant funded by the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-RISE-2015 program (ALT:  Adaptation, learning and training for spatial hearing in complex environments).
Eleni Vlahou starts as a postdoc on Technicom.
Peto Loksa defends his dissertation prospectus.
Lubos Hladek will leave us for a postdoc at MRC Institute of Hearing Research in Glasgow in October.

Apr – Jul 2015 Auditory Neuroscience video-seminar series from Germany (poster, Cex page)

April  23-24 2015  Symposium on university spin-offs and start-up companies,

April  20-24 2015  The second workshop and lecture series on: “Cognitive neuroscience of auditory and cross-modal perception”

March 2015 New Paper: Kopčo N, Marcinek Ľ, Tomoriova B, Hládek Ľ (2015)­­­­­ Contextual plasticity, top-down, and non-auditory factors in sound localization with a distractor

Open postdoc, PhD., MSc. and Bc. Positions/Projects (grant support for more positions is available, feel free to contact us)

February 2015 Batman. Episode of This American Life show about echo-location and visual substitution by hearing in humans.

January 23 2015 16:00 video-seminar by Inyong Choi, Boston University ” Selective attention in a dynamic auditory scene”


For more news and older updates see the Seminars and Events section.


Jesenná 5,
04001 Košice

Room: 2.16T, tel: +421 55 234 2450

Room: 4.03T, tel: +421 55 234 2461

EEG lab:
Room: B26, tel: +421 55 234 2583

US Google voice number:
+1 617 299 1253

fax: +1 484 727 9884