Faculty Profile

Areas of Research: Neurobiology of auditory perception, attention, and memory; human electrophysiology; neural adaptation; multisensory interactions in perception; changes in auditory cognition across the lifespan; neurodevelopmental disorders.

Professional Interests

My research is in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience and is focused on understanding the neural bases of auditory information processing in adults and children. Our laboratory's research uses a combination of non-invasive recordings of human brain activity in conjunction with behavioral performance measures, to specify the processes and brain structures that contribute to the organization, storage, and perception of a coherent sound environment.

Selected Publications

Rahne, T. & Sussman, E. (2009). Neural representations of auditory input accommodate to the context in a dynamically changing acoustic environment. European Journal of Neuroscience, 29(1), 205-11.

Sussman E., & Steinschneider, M. (2009). Attention effects on auditory scene analysis in children. Neuropsychologia, 47, 771–785.

Wang, J., Staffaroni, L., Reid, E., Steinschneider, M., & Sussman, E. (2009). Effects of musical training on pattern perception in adolescents. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 73(5), 751-5.

Dinces, E., Chobot-Rodd, J., & Sussman, E. (2009). Behavioral and electrophysiological measures of auditory change detection in children following late cochlear implantation: A preliminary study. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 73, 843-841.

Lepistö, T., Kuitunen, A., Sussman, E., Saalasti, S., Jansson-Verkasalo, E., Nieminen-von Wendt, T., &  Kujala, T. (2009). Auditory stream segregation in children with Asperger’s syndrome. Biological Psychology, 82(3), 301-7.

Hisagi, M., Shafer, V.L., Strange, W., and Sussman, E. (2010).  Perception of a Japanese Vowel Length Contrast by Japanese and American English listeners: Behavioral and Electrophysiological Measures. Brain Research, 1360, 89-105.

Shafer, V.L., & Sussman, E. (2011). Predicting the future: ERP markers of language risk in infancy. Clinical Neurophysiology, 122, 213-214. 

Rimmele, J., Jolsvai, H., & Sussman, E. (2011). Auditory target detection is affected by implicit temporal and spatial expectations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(5), 1136–1147.

Sussman, E.S. & Steinschneider, M. (2011). Attention modifies sound level detection in young children. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 1, 351-360.

Horvath, J., Sussman, E., Winkler, I., & Schröger, E. (2011). Preventing distraction: assessing stimulus-specific and general effects of the predictive cueing of deviant auditory events. Biological Psychology, 87(1), 35-48.

Dinces, E., & Sussman, E. (2011). Effects of acoustic complexity on processing sound intensity in 10-11-year-old children: Evidence from cortical auditory evoked potentials. Laryngoscope, 121, 1785-1793.

Rimmele, J., Sussman, E., Keitel, C., Jacobsen, T. & Schröger, E. (2012). Electrophysiological evidence for age effects on sensory memory processing of tonal patterns. Psychology and Aging, 27(2), 384-98.

Li X, Sroubek A, Kelly MS, Lesser I, Sussman E., He Y, Branch C, Foxe JJ. (2012). Atypical pulvinar-cortical pathways during sustained attention performance in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 51(11), 1197-1207.

Sadia, G., Ritter, W., & Sussman, E. (2013). Category effects: Is top-down control alone sufficient to elicit the mismatch negativity (MMN) component? Biological Psychology, 92(2), 191–198.

Gulotta, B., Sadia, G., & Sussman, E. (2013). Emotional processing modulates attentional capture of irrelevant sound input in adolescents. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 88, 40-46.

Sussman, E. (2013). Attention matters: pitch vs. pattern processing in adolescence. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 4 (333), 1-8.

Chen, S., & Sussman, E. (2013). Context effects on auditory distraction. Biological Psychology, 94(2), 297–309.

Sussman, E., Chen, S., Sussman-Fort, J., & Dinces, E. (2014). Five Myths of MMN: Redefining how to use MMN in basic and clinical research. Brain Topography, 27(4), 553-64.

Näätänen, R., Sussman, E., Salisbury, D., & Shafer, V. (2014). Mismatch negativity (MMN) as an index of cognitive dysfunction. Brain Topography, 27, 451–466.

Sussman-Fort, J. & Sussman, E. (2014). The effect of stimulus context on the buildup to stream segregation. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 8, 93.

Sussman, E., Bregman, A.S., & Lee, W. (2014). Task-switching and neural representations of ambiguous sound input. Neuropsychologia, 64, 218-229.

Sussman, E.S. & Shafer, V.L. (2014). New Perspectives on the Mismatch Negativity (MMN) Component: An evolving tool in Cognitive Neuroscience. Brain Topography, 27(4), 425-427.

Deike, S., Denham, S.L., & Sussman, E. (2014). Probing auditory scene analysis. Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, 8, 293.

Pannese, A., Herrmann, C.S., & Sussman, E. (2015). Analyzing the auditory scene: Neurophysiologic evidence of a dissociation between detection of regularity and detection of change. Brain Topography, 28(3), 411-422.

Rimmele, J.M., Sussman, E., & Poeppel, D. (2015). The role of temporal structure in the investigation of sensory memory, auditory scene analysis, and speech perception: A healthy-aging perspective. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 95(2):175-83.

Sussman, E., Steinschneider, M., Lee, W., & Lawson, K. (2015). Auditory scene analysis in children with developmental language disorders. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 95(2), 113–124.

Sussman, E.S. & Steinschneider, M. (2015). Editorial: Advances in auditory neuroscience. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 95 (2), 63–64.

Miller, T., Chen, S., Lee, W., & Sussman, E.S. (2015). Multitasking: Effects of processing multiple auditory feature patterns. Psychophysiology, 52(9), 1140-8.

Hisagi, M., Shafer, V.L., Strange, W., & Sussman, E.S. (2015). Neural Measures of a Japanese Consonant Length Discrimination by Japanese and American English Listeners: Effects of Attention. Brain Research, 1626, 218-31.

Max, C., Widmann, A., Schröger, E., & Sussman, E. (2015). Effects of explicit knowledge and predictability on auditory distraction and target performance. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 98, 174-181.

Rankin, J., Sussman, E., & Rinzel, J. (2015). Neuromechanistic Model of Auditory Bistability. PLoS Computational Biology, 11(11):e1004555.

Ruhnau, P., Schröger, E., & Sussman, E. (2016). Implicit expectations influence target detection in children and adults. Developmental Science, in press.

Rota-Donahue, C., Schwartz, R.G., Shafer, V.L., & Sussman, E.S. (2016). Perception of small frequency changes in children with auditory processing disorder and specific language impairment. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 27, 489-497.

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