About Us

The Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory (Brainvolts) investigates sound processing in the brain. Seeing first-hand the potential for biological change—from single neurons in animal models to aggregate neural activity in humans—galvanizes us to apply the principles of neuroscience to the study of human communication.

Through studies involving thousands of research participants from birth to age 90, we have found that our lives in sound, for better (musicians, bilinguals) or worse (language disorders, noise, hearing loss), shape the biological infrastructure of the auditory system. Partnerships with sports medicine reveal how sound processing in the brain is disrupted by concussion.

Brainvolts has discovered how to measure the biology of auditory processing with unprecedented precision. We extend science beyond the laboratory to schools, community centers, and clinics.

Using the principles of neuroscience to improve human communication, we advocate for best practices in education, health, and social policy.