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!

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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.


09/2016 Wronkiewicz, M, E Larson, AKC Lee (2016). “Incorporating modern neuroscience findings to improve brain–computer interfaces: tracking auditory attention.” Journal of Neural Engineering. doi: 10.1088/1741-2560/13/5/056017
03/2016: McCloy D, Larson E, Lau B, & Lee AKC (2016). "Temporal alignment of pupillary response with stimulus events via deconvolution." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 139(3), EL57–EL62. doi: 10.1121/1.4943787
01/2016: Bizley J, RL Maddox, AKC Lee (2016). “Defining Auditory-Visual Objects: Behavioral Tests and Physiological Mechanisms.” Trends in Neuroscience
06/2015: McCloy D, AKC Lee (2015). “Auditory attention strategy depends on target linguistic properties and spatial configuration.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
06/2015: Wronkiewicz, M, E Larson, AKC Lee (2015). “Leveraging anatomical information to improve transfer learning in brain-computer interfaces.” Journal of Neural Engineering.
ILABS Q&A digest
05/2015: Maddox, RK, H Atilgan, J Bizley, AKC Lee (2015). “Auditory selective attention is enhanced by a task-irrelevant temporally coherent visual stimulus in human listeners.” eLife, 4:e04995. PMC4337603.
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07/11/2016 Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
07/06/2016 Keynote at the 22nd annual International Conference on Auditory Display, Canberra, Australia
05/09/2016 The Brain and Mind Institute, Chinese University of Hong Kong
04/19/2016 Center for Hearing Research, UC Irvine, April 19, 2016.
02/29/2016: Behavioral Neuroscience Program and Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Feb 29, 2016.
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09/2016Congratulation to Mark Mronkiewicz for having a figure from his recent paper chosen as the cover image for the October 2016 issue of the Journal of Neural Engineering!
05/31/2016Congratulations to Dr. Susan McLaughlin on her grant proposal, entitled “Characterizing Auditory Processing in Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder,” selected for funding at the UW Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.
05/20/2016Congratulations to LABS^N alum Katherine Pratt as being honored by the inaugural >Husky 100.
04/22/2016 Congratulations to Mark Wronkiewicz for winning a CSNE Student Travel Award and a BCI Meeting Travel Award to attend the Sixth International BCI Meeting
03/30/2016 Congratulations to Lindsey Kishline for her research fellowship award from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program. We are very proud of our LABSN trainees (past and present) who have received this prestigious honor from NSF: Dean Pospisil (now in Neuro program); Katherine Ingle (now in EE); Mark Wronkiewicz and now Lindsey Kishline.
03/16/2016 Congratulations to Mark Wronkiewicz and his fellow graduate participants for publishing their work from their summer camp on computational neuroscience.
10/2015: Nick Foti has joined the lab. Welcome!
6/29/2015: Congratulations to Lindsey Kishline on being awarded a competitive position on the Auditory Neuroscience Training Grant at the University of Washington, funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (of the National Institutes of Health). This grant supports a wide range of research topics, including neuroanatomy, development, genetics, cell and molecular biology, neuropharmacology, and electrophysiology of the peripheral and central auditory system as well as psychoacoustics, language perception and processing, and communication behavior.
6/13/2015: Adrian KC Lee will be presenting "In Search of Neural Correlate of Audio-Visual Binding" at the 16th International Multisensory Research Forum
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10/03/2016: Nicole Whittle and Rayna Yang have joined the lab. Welcome!
09/15/2016: Welcome to the lab, Sarah Baum!
03/15/2016: Welcome back from Thailand, Nadja!
10/2015: Nick Foti has joined the lab. Welcome!
07/09/2015: We are excited to welcome Nadja Li for the summer!
04/02/2015: Bonnie Lau has joined the lab. Welcome!
10/07/2014: We welcome Tiffany Waddington to the lab!
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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