PhD Defense, Nawal El Boghdady, 24 June 2019, 11:00: “On the color of voices: The relationship between cochlear implant users’ voice cue perception and speech intelligibility in cocktail-party scenarios”

Nawal El Boghdady will defend her thesis: “On the color of voices: The relationship between cochlear implant users’ voice cue perception and speech intelligibility in cocktail-party scenarios” on 24 June 2019, 11:00.

The ceremony will take place at the Aula of the RUG Academy Building.

There will be a celebration seminar on 25 June, “Revisiting voice and speech perception in cochlear implant users.” Detailed info is here.

Auditory Seminar 25 June 2019: Revisiting Voice and Speech Perception in Cochlear Implant Users (Monita Chatterjee, Hartmut Meister, Nawal El Boghdady)


  • 10:00 Opening remarks
  • 10:10 Dr. Monita Chatterjee, Boystown National Research Hospital, USA, “Cochlear implants: adaptation and plasticity in voice pitch, emotional prosody and lexical tones.
  • 11:00 Prof. Hartmut Meister, University of Cologne, Germany, “Voice and speech perception in cochlear implant recipients
  • 11:50 Coffee Break
  • 12:00 drs. Nawal El Boghdady, RUG/UMCG, Netherlands, “On the Color of Voices: the relationship between speech-on-speech and voice perception in cochlear implant users”

Date: 25 June 2019, TUESDAY
Time: 10:00 hr
Location: Panoramazaal, UMCG
Organizer: Drs. Nawal El Boghdady
Link for broadcasting:

Auditory Seminar (double) 20 June 2019, Dr. David Moore, Dr. Lisa Hunter, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, University of Cincinnati, USA

Benefits of Extended High Frequency Hearing (EHF),
Dr. Dave Moore

Effects of Ototoxicity and Otitis Media on EHF Hearing
Dr. Lisa Hunter

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, University of Cincinnati, USA

Date: 20 June 2019, THURSDAY
Time: 12:30 hr
Location: Lokaal 10, Onderwijscentrum, UMCG
Organized by: Prof. Pim van Dijk

WAS-dag in Groningen, 29 May 2019

The next WAS-dag (Meeting Werkgemeenschap Auditief Systeem) will take place in Groningen, on 29 May 2019.


  • 10:25 Artificial mechanosensory lateral lines: from sensing principles to sensing applications, Ben Wolf, Sietse van Netten (RUG)
  • 10:55  Functional Organization of Excitatory and Inhibitory Neurons in the Mouse Dorsal Inferior Colliculus revealed by Two-Photon Microscopy, Aaron B. Wong, Alba M. Esteban, J. Gerard G. Borst (Erasmus MC)
  • 11:45 Assessing the level of consciousness for individual patients using complex, statistical sounds, B. Englitz, U. Gorska (Donders Institute, Nijmegen)
  • 12:15 Multisensory spatial recalibration of auditory localization after simulated conductive asymmetrical hearing loss. Nathan Van der Stoep, Stefan Van der Stigchel, & Mark T. Wallace. (UU, Utrecht)
  • 13:30 School-age children’s development in sensitivity to voice gender cues is dissociated. Leanne Nagels, Etienne Gaudrain, Debi Vickers, Petra Hendriks, and Deniz Başkent (Groningen, UCL)
  • 14:00 Neural coding of the sound envelope is changed in the inferior colliculus immediately following acoustic trauma. Amarins Heeringa en Pim van Dijk (Groningen, Oldenburg)
  • 14:50 Interaction between the ipsi- and contralateral inputs at the Medial Superior Olive. Yarmo Mackenbach, Gerard Borst en Marcel van der Heijden (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam)
  • 15:20 An Evaluation of A Psychoacoustic Model of The Changing-state Hypothesis. Toros Senan, Armin Kohlrausch (Eindhoven)


Auditory Seminar 29 March 2019, Dr. Thomas Koelewijn, VU University Medical Center

The effect of attention and reward on the pupil dilation response during speech processing in noise

Dr. Thomas Koelewijn
Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
VU University Medical Center

Date: 29 March 2019, FRIDAY
Time: 14:00
Location: P2.246, Blauwe Patio, UMCG
Broadcasting link:
Organized by: Drs. Leanne Nagels


Following a conversation in a noisy environment is often effortful, especially for people with a hearing impairment. The pupil dilation response is a well-validated measure to quantify mental effort. Studies show larger pupil dilations in response to more challenging listening conditions (e.g. with interfering speech) compared to easier listening situations (stationary noise). Recent research shows that processes like working-memory, attention, and extrinsic motivation are associated with the pupil dilation response. In this talk, I will briefly introduce pupillometry as a method for quantifying listening effort and I will show results of recent studies on the effect of attention and reward on the pupil dilation response during speech processing in noise. To what degree processes affect cognitive load differently in people with hearing loss compared to normally hearing adults with acquired brain injury will be addressed as well.

Auditory Seminar 9 November 2018: Dr. Rebecca Schaefer, Leiden University


Musical rhythm perception and movement: Neural, cognitive and kinematic findings

Dr. Rebecca Schaefer
Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC)
Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Leiden University

Date: 09 November 2018, FRIDAY
Location: UMCG, KNO Colloquium P3.210
Broadcasting link:
Organized by: Elif Kaplan (for inquiries:

Moving to music is not only intuitive, automatic, and often enjoyable; it also has great clinical potential, for instance in movement rehabilitation. However, the underlying mechanisms of cueing movement with musical rhythm, or indeed the effects of auditory cueing on learning a new movement, are still largely unknown. To better design effective clinical interventions, more knowledge is needed focusing on how to optimise opportunities for movement learning. This includes considering specific aspects of the musical cues that may matter, taking into account the difficulty or complexity of the movement, and the cognitive resources that may be needed to adequately make use of this cue. I will give a brief overview of some recent work focusing on this topic, using measures of neural function, cognitive functioning and movement registration.