Research

Commitment to Open Science

We acknowledge and welcome current open science initiatives in our field. Overall, we are convinced that they will increase the quality of research and help to (re-)establish public trust in science. Following extensive discussions, we as a group decided that all new studies (starting effectively from July 2018) by the group will by default adhere to important open science principles:

  • Hypothesis and Methods: The main research questions and hypotheses will be stated in advance, along with a research design and methods to pursue these questions and hypotheses. All new studies will be therefore required to preregister these aspects of their study on the Open Science Framework (OSF), prior to data collection. Of course, given that collection of MEG data is expensive, we highly encourage the pursuit also of exploratory analysis. But a clearer distinction of a priori hypothesis and posthoc research questions is important.
  • Sharing data and code: Processed data and code producing the main results of a publication will be made available upon acceptance of a manuscript. Raw data can be obtained upon request. Practical note: Informed consent forms should include the field, asking permission of the participant to publically share the data in anonymized form.

Agreeing to these policies will be an employment requirement for individuals applying to our group for PhD / Postdoc positions or internships.

We understand that there may be studies with particular sensitive data or where preregistration may be problematic (e.g. industry collaborations). These issues however should be discussed with sufficient time in advance.

Research at the Salzburg Brain Dynamics Lab

A topical focus of the group is the question how (anticipatory) predictions are mediated by neural dynamics. We are particularly interested in characterizing in detail corticofugal processes, i.e. from cortex to cochlea. Translational and clinical implications are pursued by studying diverse hearing disordered groups, such as individuals with tinnitus or deafness.

Read more, if you are interested in the research by the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Group (PI: Nathan Weisz). 

Besides of this research, the accessible state-of-the-art infrastructure is increasingly attracting top emerging young scientists, that are bringing their own funding to establish their first steps towards careers as independent researchers. To find out more about the exciting research of these excellent young researchers we are hosting, follow the following links:

Auditory Neuroscience Group

How can we make sense of our acoustic environment, considering the fact that different sound sources in our complex environments (e.g. the classically cited "cocktail party") often activate the same receptors simultaneously?

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Seeing Objects in Rhythms

How many impressions can our brain hold in mind at any moment? How long lasts one moment? And do we see and think in a continuous flow or in discrete steps?

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Neurocognition & Distraction

Can distraction result in a shift of spatial attention? Does involuntary spatial attention (inevitably) engages visual processing? And can oscillatory alpha activity be seen as a neural signature of involuntary spatial attention?

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