Faculty Profiles

G. Christopher Stecker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

  • Psychophysics of spatial hearing

  • Functional neuroimaging of auditory cortex
Dept. of Speech & Hearing Sciences
       (For Campus Mail only: Box 354875)
University of Washington
1417 NE 42nd St.
Seattle, WA 98105-6246

Office: (206)543-7561 Fax:(206) 543-1093
Education & Research: Normal Processes Division
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Professor Stecker joined the UW Speech and Hearing Sciences Department in the fall of 2005.  He obtained his doctorate in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley (2000) and served in post-doctoral appointments at the University of Michigan (2001-2004) and VA Northern California Health Care System (2004-2005).
Professor Stecker directs the SPACElab, which uses two main approaches to explore how the brain uses sound to understand the complex and ever-changing world around us. First, behavioral experiments study how listeners perceive auditory space and the particular kinds of acoustic information they use to do so. Second, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is used to map out the brain regions involved in processing that information. Professor Stecker also maintains ongoing collaborations with cortical neurophysiologists (computer studies of information coding by auditory cortical neurons) and audiologists (psychophysics in hearing-impaired listeners and simulated cochlear-implant use).

Selected Publications

Stecker, G. C., Harrington, I. A., Macpherson, E. A., and Middlebrooks, J. C. (2005). Spatial sensitivity in the dorsal zone (area DZ) of cat auditory cortex. J Neurophysiology 94:1267-80. doi:10.1152/jn.00104.2005

Stecker, G. C., Harrington, I. A., and Middlebrooks, J. C. (2005). Location coding by opponent neural populations in the auditory cortex. PLoS Biology 3:e78 (0520-0528). doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0030078

Stecker, G. C. and Middlebrooks, J. C. (2003). Distributed coding of sound locations in the auditory cortex. Biological Cybernetics 89:341-349. doi:.1007/s00422-003-0439-1

Stecker, G. C., Mickey, B. J., Macpherson, E. A., and Middlebrooks, J. C. (2003). Spatial sensitivity in field PAF of cat auditory cortex. J. Neurophysiology 89:2889-2903. doi:10.1152/jn.00980.2002

Stecker, G. C.and Hafter, E. R. (2002). Temporal weighting in sound localization. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 112:1046-1057. doi:10.1121/1.1497366

Stecker, G. C. and Hafter, E. R. (2000). An effect of temporal asymmetry on loudness. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 107:3358-3368. doi:10.1121/1.429407