Auditory perception and visual-auditory integration
Sound is a rich source of information about the 3D layout of the world. Members of the PAA group investigate how the human brain uses sound to compute spatial layout and how processing of auditory information may interact with processing of visual information. Dr. Lore Thaler also investigates the human ability to process acoustic reverberations, i.e. the ability to echolocate. Lore uses techniques such as fMRI and TMS, works with neuropsychological patients, and conducts lab-based studies is sighted and non-sighted participants. The investigation of auditory abilities in the blind, in neuropsychological patients, and in development, is particularly relevant to better understanding the ability of the human brain to adapt to injury or sensory deprivation, and has applications for management of sensory deficits.