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Our lab holds regular journal clubs, we participate in various seminars, and, occasionally, we organize workshops.

Workshops:

The fourth workshop and lecture series on: “Cognitive neuroscience of auditory and cross-modal perception”, Kosice, 03 – 05 June 2019

The third workshop and lecture series on: “Cognitive neuroscience of auditory and cross-modal perception”, Kosice, 29 – 31 May 2017

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

The first workshop and lecture series on: “Cognitive neuroscience of auditory and cross-modal perception”, Kosice, 26 – 30 May 2014

Symposia:

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

Media coverage of our research / Informácie o našom výskume v médiách

Media coverage of our ALT grant:
25 Aug 2020 CORDIS EU web: “The brain’s ability to listen when it’s very noisy”. (UPJŠ announcement in Slovak and English).

Media coverage of the Cognitive neuroscience workshop we organized in 2014 (link) and 2015 (link)

12 Aug 2015 Fulbright Alumni Association newsletter

26 May 2014 Živý vstup (RTVS Rádio Regina Košice Deje sa v regióne)

Media coverage of the PNAS “distance” paper

12 Nov 2013 Tlačová správa UPJŠ k Týždňu vedy a techniky

13 Nov 2012 Nový čas Odhalil tajomstvo vnímania zvuku

7 Nov 2012 Rozhovor v TV Naša (video záznam časti rozhovoru)

5 Nov 2012 Hospodárske noviny Slovák má na svedomí svetový objav. Kvôli sluchu

3 Nov 2012 Košický večer / Korzár / sme.sk Vedec z košickej univerzity stojí na čele svetového objavu .

Oct 2012 Universitas Safarikiana Úspech vedcov z Ústavu informatiky Prírodoveckej fakulty UPJŠ

Aug 2012 Audiology.org interview Spatial Hearing, Interaural Loudness Differences, and Distance Hearing

9 Jul 2012 Scientific American blog How does your brain hear distance?

Jun 2012 Highlights of the July 3, 2012 issue of PNAS, MGH press release, oznam UPJŠ pre tlač, and elsewhere 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Media coverage of the “ventriloquism” paper

2 Sept 2013 Duke Chronicle Durham researchers investigate ‘ventriloquism effect’

Media coverage of the PNAS “switching” paper

25 Aug 2008 Science Daily Picking Out Specific Sounds In A Complex Scene: Researchers Study ‘Cocktail Party Effect’, Measure Auditory Dynamics Of Selective AttentionAug 2008 BU press release and online coverage 1, 2

Seminars:

4 Oct 2016 Seminar “Developing games to improve auditory processing abilities” by Aaron Seitz (University of California, Riverside) and Erick Gallun (Erick Gallun, National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland and Oregon Health Science University), location: P3, time: 15:30.
Apr – Jul 2015 Auditory Neuroscience video-seminar series from Germany (poster, Cex page)
Hearing seminars: Using videoconference, we participate live in the weekly seminars on the “Active Auditory System” organized by the Universities of Oldenburg and Magdeburg. Location: room 32 (old building) or SJ2S10 (P10 – new building 2. floor) Prírodovedecká Fakulta UPJŠ,Jesenná 5, Time: 14h-16h.
23 Jan 2015 16:00 video-seminar by Inyong Choi, Boston University ” Selective attention in a dynamic auditory scene”
see also Faculty of Science and University Calendar of Events

Journal club:

Oct 20 Dahmen, J. C., Keating, P., Nodal, F. R., Schulz, A. L., and King, A. J. (2010). “Adaptation to Stimulus Statistics in the Perception and Neural Representation of Auditory Space,” Neuron 66, 937-948. (PetoT)
Oct 13 Poldrack et al. “Handbook of Functional MRI Data Analysis” Chapters 9 & 10 (Jana)

Older updates:

Oct 2022
We organize a Mini-workshop on Adaptability in spatial hearing
We gave a talk at the 18th Panhellenic Conference on Psychological Research

Sept 2022
Myroslav Fedorenko joined the lab as a new PhD student.

June 2022
Lucia Huckova successfully defended her Bc. thesis. Congratulations!

May 2022
We have two presentations at the Cognition and Artificial Life conference (KUZ XX) (Loksa & Kopco abstract, Linkova et al. abstract).
Stanka Linkova successfully defended her MSc. thesis. Congratulations! (photo)

Feb 2022
We were awarded a new grant to host experts from the US through the Fulbright Specialists Program.
New grant on “Computational assessment of plasticity in spatial hearing” funded by the Slovak Science Grant Agency.
We are presenting poster at the virtual meeting of Association for Research in Otolaryngology.
Stanislava Linkova is presenting our research at AABBA (Aural Assessment By means of Binaural Algorithms) meeting in Vienna.

Nov 2021

Our new paper on “Auditory-visual interactions in egocentric distance perception: Ventriloquism effect and aftereffect” by Hladek et al. is now published in JASA.

Oct 2021
We presented two talks at the BASH 2021 conference (Virtual).
A new paper on “Auditory-visual interactions in egocentric distance perception: Ventriloquism effect and aftereffect” by Hladek et al. has been accepted for publication in JASA. (see the accepted manuscript).

August 2021
We are presenting two talks at the DAGA 21 conference in Vienna.
Udbhav Singhal and Ondrej Spisak joined the lab as researchers, and will continue as PhD students.

July 2021
The new paper on “Calibration of Consonant Perception to Room Reverberation” by Vlahou et al. is now published in Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR).

Jun 2021
Congratulations to Dr. Peter Loksa.  Peter successfully defended his thesis ‘Modeling of the reference frame of the ventriloquism aftereffect’ and passed with flying colors. (Photos: 12345).

May 2021
Ondrej Spisak successfully defended his MSc. thesis. Congratulations! (photos).
The new paper on “Reweighting of Binaural Localization Cues Induced by Lateralization Training” by Klingel et al. is now published in JARO with open access.

Apr 2021
A new paper on “Calibration of consonant perception to room reverberation” by Vlahou et al. has been accepted for publication in  Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR). Preprint is available here.
A new preprint “A model of the reference frame of the ventriloquism aftereffect” is available in our preprints.

March 2021
A new paper on “Reweighting of Binaural Localization Cues Induced by Lateralization Training” by Klingel et al. has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (JARO). Preprint is available here.

Feb 2021
We are presenting 3 posters at the virtual meeting of Association for Research in Otolaryngology. The posters and audio narrations are available here.

Dec 2020
We have two presentations at Forum Acusticum 2020. Both papers and video presentations are available here.

Nov 2020
We participated in the Institute of Informatics online workshop on Data Analysis in Theory and Practice as part the the Week of science and technology in Slovakia (whole workshop is recorded here ). Our video presentation is available here (in Slovak). Na tejto linke sa nachádza naša prezentácia z workshopu o Analýze údajov: od teórie k praxi, ktorý sa konal v rámci Týždňa vedy a techniky (celý záznam je tu).

Sept 2020
The new paper on “Sound externalization: a review of recent research” by Best et al. is now published in Trends in Hearing.
A new preprint on “Calibration of consonant perception to room reverberation” is available in our preprints.
We have a new joint lab in the UPJS Psych Dept. co-supervised by Norbert and Rene (Photo)

Aug 2020

EU published an article about our recently finished grant ALT“The brain’s ability to listen when it’s very noisy” (UPJŠ announcement in Slovak and English).
A new preprint on “Audio-visual interactions in egocentric distance perception: Ventriloquism effect and aftereffect” is available in our preprints.
A new preprint on “Reweighting of Binaural Localization Cues Induced by Lateralization Training” is available in our preprints.

July 2020

A new paper on “Sound externalization: a review of recent research” by Best et al. has been accepted by Trends in Hearing.
Keerthi Doreswamy received an extraordinary scholarship for publishing activities from the Institute of Informatics, UPJS.
Ondrej Spišák received “Annual Rector’s Award for representing UPJS in professional, scientific and research activities”
We were awarded a new internal UPJS grant to study auditory cortical processing using multi-variate pattern analysis.

June 2020

Stanislava Linkova defended her Bachelor’s thesis under supervision of Norbert Kopco and Peter Loksa. (Photos)

May 2020

Keerthi Doreswamy passed the state examinations and received the title RNDr.
Norbert presented a poster at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, Boston, 2020.

Mar 2020

Two papers to be presented at Forum Acusticum, Lyon, 2020 are now published on our web. (Papers)
We were awarded a Danube Partnership grant ASH in collaboration with University of Lyon and Austrian Academy of Science (Details).

Jan 2020

Keerthi Doreswamy presented our research on auditory distance perception at AABBA (Aural Assessment By means of Binaural Algorithms) meeting, 2020 held at the Acoustics Research Institute (ARI) , Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. (Slides, Photo 1, Photo 2).

Dec 2019

A new paper on “Cortical auditory distance representation based on direct-to-reverberant energy ratio” is now published in the NeuroImage.

Nov 2019

Abstract with title “Build-up of Contextual Plasticity in Anechoic and Reverberant Rooms” is submitted for Forum Acusticum, Lyon, 2020. (Abstract)
Abstract with title “Reweighting of Binaural Localization Cues Induced by Discrimination Training” is submitted for Forum Acusticum, Lyon, 2020. (Abstract)

Oct 2019

Our lab members participated in the Binaural Bash 2019, organised by BU Hearing Research Center, Boston. (Group photo)

Sept 2019

We participated in the European Researchers’ Night in Kosice . Check out a couple of pics (1, 2).
Keerthi Doreswamy used props to illustrate how auditory distance perception works at the MGH Science Slam 2019, Boston.
A new preprint on “Cortical auditory distance representation based on direct-to-reverberant energy ratio” is available at biorXiv . (Here is a link to preprints)

Aug 2019

New student Stanislava Linkova joined our lab !!
A new paper on “Hemisphere-Specific Properties of the Ventriloquism Aftereffect” by N Kopčo, P Lokša, I Lin, J Groh, B Shinn-Cunningham is now published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America – Express Letters (a preprint is available here).

Jul 2019

A new section with Preprints has been added to the Publications page. Also, the first biorXiv preprint has been added.

Jun 2019

We successfully organized the 4th Workshop on Cognitive neuroscience of auditory and cross-modal perception

Apr 2019
Ondrej Spišák  will present his new results at the Kognícia a umelý život(Cognition and Artificial Life), May 29-31, 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia.(paper)
Maike Ferber will present her new results at the Learning and Plasticity Meeting (LaP2019) Finland. (abstractposter)

Feb 2019
Mukul Agarwal (formerly from Boston University) is visiting the lab until April 2019 to work on “Distance perception by the Human Ear: An approach via multivariate analysis of fMRI data”, supported by a grant from SAIA.
Norbert gave a talk at the the 42nd MidWinter meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology in Baltimore (abstractpresentation).

Jan 2019
A new paper on “Nonnative Implicit Phonetic Training in Multiple Reverberant Environments”  by Vlahou, Seitz and Kopčo accepted for publication in Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.

Sept 2018
A new paper on “A “buildup” of speech intelligibility in listeners with normal hearing and hearing loss” by Best, Swaminathan, Kopčo, Roverud and Shinn-Cunningham accepted for publication in Trends in Hearing.Students Keerthi Doreswamy (PhD), Ondrej Spisak (Bc) and Zoltan Szoplak (intern) joined the lab.

May 2018
We’re presenting a poster at the 175th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Minneapolis.

March 2018
We’re presenting a poster in the 25th meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in Boston.

Feb 2018
Noro presents our research at the 2018 Cognitive School in the Czech Rep.

Jan 2018
Our lab joins the Aural Assessment by Means of Binaural Algorithms (AABBA) group and Noro and Rene participate in a 2-day workshop in Vienna Jan 30-31.

Nov 2017 A new paper on “Temporal characteristics of contextual effects in sound localization” by Hládek, Tomoriová and Kopčo accepted for publication in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
Sept 2017
Maike Ferber started working in our lab as an ALT researcher.
Bernadeta Hrebenarova defended her MSc. thesis at the Safarik University Faculty of Medicine.
Veronika Pikova started work on her Bc. thesis in our lab.
June 2017 We presented 3 posters at the Acoustics ’17 conference in Boston (view posters by Hládek et al., Loksa & Kopčo and Kopčo et al.).

We have just finished another very successful workshop. Many thanks to all participants, speakers and poster presenters! We hope to see you all in 2 years in Košice.


June 2017 Carlos Trenado from Duesseldorf University Hospital visits us on a Short-Term Scientific Mission grant to work on “Stochastic resonance in auditory spatial discrimination and its possible implications for tinnitus”, supported by the TINNET grant.
We are preparing the 3rd Workshop on Cognitive neuroscience of auditory and cross-modal perception, to be held on May 29-31, 2017 in Košice
(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”

November 28 2014 through December 2014 (almost every Friday from 2pm) – Hearing seminar Using videoconference, we participate live in the weekly seminars on the “Active Auditory System” organized by the Universities of Oldenburg and Magdeburg. See our Seminars and Events or the University of Oldenburg web.

June 18 2014 New paper: Chelazzi L, Eštočinová J, Calletti R, Lo Gerfo E, Sani I, Della Libera C, Santandrea E (2014) Altering Spatial Priority Maps via Reward-Based Learning

May 26-31 2014 we organized a very successful workshop on Cognitive neuroscience of auditory and cross-modal perception.

April 2014 – July 2014 (almost every Friday from 2pm) – Hearing seminar Using videoconference, we participate live in the weekly seminars on the “Active Auditory System” organized by the Universities of Oldenburg and Magdeburg. Location: 33 (old building) or SJ2S06 (P6 – new building 2. floor) Prírodovedecká Fakulta UPJŠ,Jesenná 5, Time: 14h-16h.

November 2013 – January 2014 (almost every Friday from 2pm) – Hearing seminar Using videoconference, we participate live in the weekly seminars on the “Active Auditory System” organized by the Universities of Oldenburg and Magdeburg. Location: SJ2S06(P6) Prírodovedecká Fakulta UPJŠ,Jesenná 5, 2. posch. Time: 14h-16h.

February 2013 Three posters presented by the lab at the Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

February 2013 Milan Jovovic joins the lab as a researcher supported by the Slovak National Stipends Program.

September 2013 Peter Loksa joins the lab as a PhD student.

September 2013 A short interview about our Ventriloquism research with collaborators at Duke published in Duke Chronicle.

July 2013 New grant on “Spatial Attention and Listening in Complex Environments” awarded by APVV – The Slovak Research and Development Agency.

July 2013 New paper: Ahveninen, Kopčo, Jääskeläinen (2013) Psychophysics and Neuronal Bases of Sound Localization in Humans. Hearing Research (in press)

July 2013 Bea Tomoriová relocates to UPJS, starting as a postdoc in the lab. Karol Presovsky is a new researcher in the lab.

June 2013 Beata Tomoriová defended her PhD. thesis. Gratulujeme, Dr. Bea.

June 2013 We are a participating lab in three new EU grants starting this month: CELIM (7FP EU Regional Potential; our budget 60k EUR, total 3mil EUR) and TECHNICOM (EU Structural Funds, OP Research and Development; our budget 313k EUR; total 39mil EUR). , SOFOS (EU Structural Funds, OP Education; our budget 167k EUR; total 2.2mill EUR) (info v slovenčine CELIM, Technicom).

June 2013 Poster presentation at the joint International Congress on Acoustics / Acoustical Society of America meeting in Montreal, Canada.

February 2013 Poster presentation at 36th MidWinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

December 4 2012 14:15 SJ2S06: Eleni Vlahou: Implicit and explicit learning of nonnative speech sounds and speech components

November 2012 Our German colleagues from Oldenburg were awarded a German presidential prize for Binaural hearing research.

November 2012 Every Friday at 2pm: Hearing seminar Using videoconference, we participate live in the weekly seminars on the “Active Auditory System” organized by the Universities of Oldenburg and Magdeburg. Location: SJ2S06(P6) Prírodovedecká Fakulta UPJŠ,Jesenná 5, 2. posch. Time: 14h-16h. original link

July 2012 New paper on the neural representation of auditory distance published in PNAS and selected as one of the highlights of the July 3, 2012 issue. The paper is available here. Also see media coverage.

Spring 2012 Transfer of lab from TU Kosice to UPJS Kosice.

February 25-29 2012 Poster presentation at 35th MidWinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology San Diego, California, USA.

February 20/21 2012 Poster presentation at: Making sesnse of sounds, Workshop on Sounds and Sound Processing in Natural and Artificial Systems, Plymouth UK.

Every Friday at 2pm: Hearing seminar Using videoconference, we participate in the weekly seminars on the “Active Auditory System” organized by the Universities of Oldenburg and Magdeburg. Schedule available here.

December 2011: New books on Computational and cognitive neuroscience by Norbert Kopčo (nové knižky o Výpočtovej a kognitívnej neurovede od N Kopča).