Auditory perceptual learning via decoded-EEG neurofeedback: a novel paradigm


On March 19th, 2014 at 12:30p, I’ll defend my doctoral thesis ‘Auditory perceptual learning via decoded-EEG neurofeedback: a novel paradigm’ at the Aula of the Radboud University Nijmegen. After many years of hard work, the big day has finally arrived! The research presented in the book covers the development of a new form of neurofeedback […]

Decoding of single-trial auditory mismatch responses for online perceptual monitoring and neurofeedback


A third publication from my PhD dissertation came out at the end of 2013, which presents a formal description of the neurofeedback method developed during the course of my project. Specifically, it presents a series of steps through which the pattern classification analysis of EEG data collected in an auditory mismatch negativity paradigm can be […]

Decoding Speech Perception by Native and Non-Native Speakers Using Single-Trial Electrophysiological Data


Last July, the second article written during my PhD research was published in the open source journal PLOS One. The article presents the results of a series of pattern classification analyses carried out using electroencephalographic (EEG) data collected from native and non-native speakers of English while they listened to speech sounds. The results show that […]

‘Auditory Cognition’ group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences


Starting in January 2014, I’ve begun working in the ‘Auditory Cognition’ research group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. Led by Dr. Jonas Obleser, the group’s research focuses on investigating the neural mechanisms through which the auditory sense is able to decode and encode information in our […]

Cascade of asymmetric resonators with fast-acting compression


This past spring I took a trip to the US to visit several research groups and attend some conferences. During the trip, I visited the Machine Perception group at Google Research and got involved in an open source project implementing a C++ version of an auditory image model. The model was designed by Richard Lyon, […]

EEG sonification demonstration


This month a special event called ‘Brainfest‘ was organized here in Nijmegen as part of the closing meeting for the BrainGain consortium project. During the event, the public was invited for a series of lectures and demonstrations of the latest developments in the neuroscience research being conducted here in the Netherlands. As part of this […]

PracticeSpace project featured in De Volkskrant


We were recently visited by Malou van Hintum, a reporter for De Volkskrant (one of the Netherland’s best newspapers), to talk about the PracticeSpace project and to give her a demonstration of the different real-time visual feedback systems which we developed. Aside from being a lot of fun (as can be seen in the photos […]

Training expression with real-time visual feedback


When I came to Nijmegen back in 2005, I was involved in the PracticeSpace project as both a technician and as a researcher. We developed several systems for training expressive performance skills using real-time visual feedback. The first experiment which we conducted was published in the Journal of New Music Research back in 2008. You […]

Effects of native language on perceptual sensitivity to phonetic cues


This last summer, I published an article together with my supervisors James McQueen and Peter Desain on an EEG study which was conducted as part of my doctoral research at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior. The study investigated differences in brain responses to speech sounds between native and non-native speakers of English. […]

Lecture Slides: Music and the Brain


On August 13, 2012, I gave a lecture entitled “Music and the Brain” at the Orlando Festival in Kerkrade, the Netherlands. The slides from my talk are available here. Feedback is always welcome!

Real-time visual feedback for percussionists


This year saw the publication of my first ever academic article! It reports the results of an experiment I ran during my time as a Masters student here in Nijmegen on the effects of different types of visual feedback on percussion performances. You can read all the exciting details here.