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


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, 20(3). doi: 10.1111/desc.12402.

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.


Symonds, R, Lee, W., Kohn, A., Schwartz, O., Witkowski, S., & Sussman, E. S. (2017). Distinguishing stimulus specific adaptation and predictive coding hypotheses in auditory change detection. Brain Topography, 30, 136–148.

Yu, Y.H., Shafer, V.L., & Sussman, E.S. (2017). Neurophysiological and behavioral responses of Mandarin lexical tone processing. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 11:95 doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00095.

Sussman, E. (2017). Auditory scene analysis: An attention perspective. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, in press.

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Department of Neuroscience

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