Principal Investigator: Adrian KC Lee, ScD

What’s on your mind?

This is what we want to know while you are communicating and interacting with the world. We combine magneto- and electro-encephalography (M-EEG) along with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to map the spatio-temporal dynamics of the cortical network involved in

  1. Attention: object selection and scene analysis (e.g., listening to your friend in a crowded restaurant);
  2. Executive control: decision making and error monitoring (e.g., real-time control of a wheel-chair through a Brain-Computer Interface).

Searching for neural biomarkers

We seek to discover distinct brain signatures that can be used to classify different brain states (coined as “neural biomarkers”). Our goal is to combine this neuroscience knowledge with state-of-the-art engineering approaches to design next-generation Brain-Computer-Interface devices that enable users to dynamically tune their prosthetic devices using only their minds. Imagine!


If you're interested in participating as a subject:

Please see our audio subjects informational flyer.

If you do not have known hearing loss, but have difficulty understanding speech in background noise or in reverberant rooms, or difficulty determining the location of a sound - please see our listening difficulty subjects informational flyer.


09/30/2014: Accepted: Larson, E, RK Maddox, AKC Lee (2014). “Improving spatial localization in MEG inverse imaging by leveraging intersubject anatomical differences,” Frontiers in Neuroscience, 8: Article 330. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2014.00330
02/28/2014: Accepted: Larson E, AKC Lee (2014). “Potential use of MEG to understand abnormalities in auditory function in clinical populations,” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
02/11/2014: Now in press: Maddox, RK, DA Pospisil, GC Stecker, AKC Lee (2014). “Directing Eye Gaze Enhances Auditory Spatial Cue Discrimination,” Current Biology.
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02/11/2014: Adrian KC Lee will be giving an invited talk at the 1st International Symposium on Innovative Paediatric Hearing Science, Lake Como, Italy, June 4, 2014.
12/05/2013: Adrian KC Lee was an invited speaker at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University.
05/18/2013: Adrian KC Lee gave an invited talk at the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, VA Rehabilitation Research & Development, Portland.
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1/05/2015: This quarter Karl Marrett, a senior in the lab studying neurobiology with emphasis on computational neuroscience, received the Mary Gates Research Scholarship and was named a Levinson Emerging Scholar.
Mary Gates Research Scholarships are competitive scholarships intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington while they are engaged in research guided by faculty. With these research scholarships, students may focus more attention and time, deeping their inquiry into a discipline or project with a reduced financial burden.
The Levin­son Emerg­ing Schol­ars Pro­gram sup­ports tal­ented and highly moti­vated UW juniors and seniors who want to pur­sue cre­ative and advanced research. As Levin­son Emerg­ing Schol­ars, selected out­stand­ing UW under­grad­u­ates will receive fund­ing to sup­port their research in these dis­ci­plines, includ­ing fund­ing to present their find­ings at a pro­fes­sional conference. By fund­ing ten schol­ars each year, the Levin­son Emerg­ing Schol­ars Pro­gram nur­tures a grow­ing cadre of high cal­iber aca­d­e­mic researchers who, in turn, will fur­ther inno­va­tion in biotechnology-related fields and enrich the future of academe.
Karl received these scholarships for his work in Adrian KC Lee's lab and Michael Tangermann's lab at the University of Freiburg on a project to assess the cognitive load of users of an auditory P300 speller paradigm. Visual P300 speller devices remain one of the most widespread medical applications of brain computer interfaces, by assessing cognitive load, we hope to expand the ultimate practicality of these devices in the auditory domain.
10/14/2014: Karl Marrett was just selected for the UW Levinson Scholarship. Congratulations Karl!
08/14/2014: Dr Daniel McCloy has received a Loan Repayment Program (LRP) award from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to study speech processing and auditory attention in listeners with normal auditory periphery function who nonetheless struggle to hear in multitalker environments, titled "Decoupling the linguistic and attentional aspects of auditory processing deficits."
05/16/2014: Congratulations to Rona Ding, Mary Gates Scholar, for presenting her poster at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.


04/24/2014: Lab alumnus Ka Young Lee has just been awarded a scholarship by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. Congratulations, Ka Young!
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04/03/2014: We are excited to welcome Stephen Lee to our lab this summer through the 2014 CSNE Young Scholars Program.
03/31/2014: Kaitlyn Casimo, joins [LABS]N as a NEUBEH student on her spring quarter lab rotation. Welcome!
09/23/2013: Susan McLaughlin, PhD, joins [LABS]N as a Research Scientist. Welcome!
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