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.


06/2015: McCloy D, AKC Lee (in press). “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 (in press). “Leveraging anatomical information to improve transfer learning in brain-computer interfaces.” Journal of Neural Engineering.
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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12/11/2014: Adrian KC Lee was a speaker at the Multisensory Summit at Boston University.
07/23/2014: Adrian KC Lee was invited to give a lecture at the Joint Research Academy in Biomedical Engineering and Science of Hearing and Sensory Systems 2nd annual summer school in Lüneburg, Germany.
07/13/2014: Adrian KC Lee was a speaker at the Gordon Research Conferences in Lewiston, ME
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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
05/16/2015: Congratulations to Karl Marrett, UW Levinson Scholar, for presenting his poster at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.


4/07/2015: Congratulations to Lindsey Kishline for her Honorable Mention in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program!
4/07/2015: Congratulations to Willy Cheung on his acceptance to Ohio State University for his PhD program!
4/02/2015: Bonnie Lau has joined the lab. Welcome!
3/17/2015: Congratulations to Rona Ding on her acceptance to UW Med! We are all proud of you!
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. More news and events here


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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