Former Max Planck Research Group Auditory Cognition


  • Strauß, A., Henry, M.J., Scharinger, M., Obleser, J. (2015) Alpha phase determines successful lexical decision in noise. Journal of Neuroscience. In press.
  • Wilsch, A., Henry, M.J., Herrmann, B., Maess, B., Obleser, J. (2015) Slow-delta phase concentration marks improved temporal expectations based on the passage of time. Psychophysiology. In press.
  • Wöstmann, M., Herrmann, B., Wilsch, A., Obleser, J. (2015) Neural alpha dynamics reflect acoustic challenges and predictive benefits in adverse listening situations. Journal of Neuroscience. In press.
  • Wöstmann, M., Schröger, E., Obleser, J. (2015) Acoustic detail cues allocation of attention in a selective listening task. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. In press.
  • Henry M.J., Her­rmann B., & Obleser J. (2014) Entrained neural oscil­la­tions in mul­ti­ple fre­quency bands co-modulate behav­ior. PNAS. In press.
  • Wöstmann M., Schröger E., Obleser J. (2014) Acoustic Detail Guides Attention Allocation in a Selective Listening Task. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. In press.
  • Strauß A., Kotz S., Scharinger M., Obleser J. (2014) Alpha and theta brain oscil­la­tions index dis­so­cia­ble processes in spo­ken word recognition. Neu­roim­age. 2014 Apr 18.
  • Hartwigsen G., Golombek T., & Obleser J. (2014) Repet­i­tive tran­scra­nial mag­netic stim­u­la­tion over left angu­lar gyrus mod­u­lates the pre­dictabil­ity gain in degraded speech com­pre­hen­sion. Cor­tex. In press.
  • Wilsch, A., Henry, M.J., Herrmann, B., Maess, B., Obleser, J. (2014) Alpha oscillatory dynamics index temporal expectation benefits in working memory. Cerebral Cortex. In press.
  • Herrmann, B., Schlichting, N., & Obleser, J. (2014). Dynamic range adaptation to spectral stimulus statistics in human auditory cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience. 34(1):327-31.
  • Bendixen, A., Scharinger, M., Strauß, A., Obleser, J. (2014) Prediction in the Service of Speech Comprehension: Modulated Early Brain Responses to Omitted Speech Segments. Cortex. In press.
  • Erb, J. & Obleser, J. (2013) Upregulation of cognitive control networks in older adults’ speech comprehension. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. 7:116.
  • Henry, M.J. & Obleser, J. (2012) Frequency modulation entrains slow neural oscillations and optimizes human listening behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (P N A S). 109(49): 20095–20100
  • Herrmann, B., Henry, M.J., Grigutsch, M., Obleser, J. (2013) Oscillatory Phase Precision in Neural Entrainment Underpins Illusory Percepts of Time. The Journal of Neuroscience. In press.
  • Henry, M.J., Herrmann, B., Obleser, J. (2013) Selective attention to temporal features nested in time. Cerebral Cortex. In press.
  • Scharinger, M., Henry, M.J., Erb, J., Meyer, L., Obleser, J. (2013) Thalamic and parietal brain morphology predicts auditory category learning. Neuropsychologia. In press.
  • Erb, J., Henry, M.J., Eisner, F., Obleser, J. (2013) The brain dynamics of rapid adaptation to adverse listening conditions. The Journal of Neuroscience. 33(26):10688–10697.
  • Herrmann, B., Henry, M.J., Scharinger, M., Obleser, J. (2013) Auditory filter width affects response magnitude but not frequency specificity in auditory cortex. Hearing Research. 304:128–136.
  • Strauß, A., Kotz, S.A., Obleser, J. (2013) Narrowed expectancies under degraded speech: Revisiting the N400. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. In press.
  • Herrmann, B., Henry, M.J., Obleser, J. (2013) Frequency-specific adaptation in human auditory cortex depends on the spectral variance in the acoustic stimulation. Journal of Neurophysiology. 109(8):2086–96.
  • Scharinger, M., Henry, M.J., Obleser, J., (2013). Prior experience with negative spectral correlations promotes information-integration during auditory category learning. Memory & Cognition. In press.
  • Obleser, J., Wöstmann, M., Hellbernd, N., Wilsch, A., Maess, B. (2012). Adverse listening conditions and memory load drive a common alpha oscillatory network. Journal of Neuroscience. 32(36):12376–83.
  • Obleser J, Weisz N (2012) Suppressed alpha oscillations predict intelligibility of speech and its acoustic details. Cerebral Cortex. 22(11):2466-2477.
  • Erb, J., Henry, M.J., Eisner, F., Obleser, J. (2012) Auditory skills and brain morphology predict individual differences in adaptation to degraded speech. Neuropsychologia. 50(9):2154–64.


  • Obleser, J., Kotz, S.A. (2010) Expectancy constraints in degraded speech modulate the speech comprehension network. Cerebral Cortex, 20(3): 633–640
  • Obleser, J., Wise, R.J.S., Dresner, M.A., Scott, S.K. ( 2007) Functional integration across brain regions improves speech perception under adverse listening conditions. Journal of Neuroscience, 27:2283–2289.
  • Obleser, J., Eisner, F., Kotz, S.A. (2008) Bilateral speech comprehension reflects differential sensitivity to spectral and temporal features. Journal of Neuroscience, 28(32):8116–8124.
  • Obleser, J., Zimmermann, J., Van Meter, J., Rauschecker, J.P. (2007) Multiple stages of auditory speech perception reflected in event-related fMRI. Cerebral Cortex, 17(10):2251–2257.
  • Obleser, J., Lahiri, A., Eulitz, C. (2004) Magnetic brain response mirrors extraction of phonological features from spoken vowels. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16(1):31–39.


  • Weisz, N., Obleser, J. (2013) Synchronisation signatures in the listening brain: a perspective from noninvasive neuroelectrophysiology. Hearing Research. In press.
  • Obleser, J., Herrmann, B. and Henry, M.J. (2012) Neural oscillations in speech: Don’t be enslaved by the envelope. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 6:250.
  • Obleser, J., Eisner, F. (2009) Pre-lexical abstraction of speech in the auditory cortex. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13(1):14–19.
  • Petkov, C., Logothetis, N., Obleser, J. (2009) Where are the human speech and voice regions and do other animals have anything like them? The Neuroscientist, 15(5):419–429.
  • Weisz N, Hartmann T, Müller N, Obleser J (2011) Alpha Rhythms in Audition: Cognitive and Clinical Perspectives. Front Psychology 2:73.
  • Henry, M., & Herrmann, B. (2012). A precluding role of low-frequency oscillations for auditory perception in a continuous processing mode. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(49), 17525-17527.

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