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Exploring audio-motor integration: a novel approach to overcoming hearing impairment

English title Exploring audio-motor integration: a novel approach to overcoming hearing impairment
Applicant Hervais-Adelman Alexis
Number 163726
Funding scheme SNSF Professorships
Research institution Psychologisches Institut Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Psychology
Start/End 01.03.2018 - 28.02.2022
Approved amount 1'676'848.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Discipline
Psychology
Rehabilitation
Neurophysiology and Brain Research

Keywords (9)

Neuroimaging; Electroencephalography; Hearing Impairment; Diffusion Weighted Imaging; Degraded Speech; Speech Comprehension; Transcranial Electrical Stimulation ; Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Perceptual Adaptation

Lay Summary (French)

Lead
Le système de compréhension de la parole possède une capacité de compensation pour les dégradations acoustiques auxquelles fait face la parole que nous entendons tous les jours. Malgré le bruit de fond, la présence de voix concurrentes, les échos, les accents, ou bien encore les appels téléphoniques avec un réseau inadéquat, la plupart des humains sont capables de comprendre leurs interlocuteurs sans effort cognitif.
Lay summary

Contenu et objectifs du travail de recherche

Les troubles auditifs représentent une source de perturbation du son que nous percevons. Ceux-ci entraînent des difficultés de compréhension de la parole, car le signal sonore atteignant le système cérébral langagier est dégradé. Pour les personnes atteintes de tels troubles, les mécanismes de compensation qui permettent de "reconstituer" le sens de la parole des interlocuteurs sont d'autant plus essentiels.

Lorsque nous sommes confrontés à de la parole qui est acoustiquement troublée, le cerveau recrute d'avantage de ressources cognitives afin d'en décrypter le contenu. Plusieurs récentes études ont démontrés que ce processus engage le système de production de la parole. Le lien entre la production et la perception est postulé depuis l'ère d'Aristote, mais son existence et sa nature demeurent controversés. Ce projet a pour but d'élucider ce lien, non seulement par intérêt théorique, mais afin de développer des interventions cognitives qui permettront de le renforcer la compréhension de la parole chez les personnes souffrantes de troubles auditifs.

Contexte scientifique et social du projet de recherche

L'organisation mondiale de la santé estime que plus 5% de la population mondiale souffre de déficiences auditives incapacitantes, et qu'un tiers des personnes de plus de 65 ans sont touchées par une perte d'audition incapacitante. Les troubles auditifs représentent un problème croissant et de plus en plus coûteux pour la société - environs 1,1 milliard de jeunes âgés de 12 à 35 ans risquent une déficience auditive par exposition au bruit dans un cadre récréatif. Le coût annuel à l'échelle mondiale de déficiences auditives non prises en charge est de 750 milliards de dollars. Ainsi, le développement de nouvelles interventions exploitant les dernières théories et méthodes pourra avoir d'importants bienfaits non seulement pour la qualité de vies des personnes touchées par les déficiences auditives, mais aussi pour la société.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 04.09.2017

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
The Predictive Value of Individual Electric Field Modeling for Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation Induced Brain Modulation
Preisig Basil C., Hervais-Adelman Alexis (2022), The Predictive Value of Individual Electric Field Modeling for Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation Induced Brain Modulation, in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 16, online.
Selective modulation of interhemispheric connectivity by transcranial alternating current stimulation influences binaural integration
Preisig Basil C., Riecke Lars, Sjerps Matthias J., Kösem Anne, Kop Benjamin R., Bramson Bob, Hagoort Peter, Hervais-Adelman Alexis (2021), Selective modulation of interhemispheric connectivity by transcranial alternating current stimulation influences binaural integration, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(7), e201548811-e201548811.
When the ear leads the eye – the use of text during simultaneous interpretation
Seeber Kilian G., Keller Laura, Hervais-Adelman Alexis (2020), When the ear leads the eye – the use of text during simultaneous interpretation, in Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 35(10), 1480-1494.
Resolving the Connectome, Spectrally-Specific Functional Connectivity Networks and Their Distinct Contributions to Behavior
Becker Robert, Hervais-Adelman Alexis (2020), Resolving the Connectome, Spectrally-Specific Functional Connectivity Networks and Their Distinct Contributions to Behavior, in eneuro, 7(5), ENEURO.010-ENEURO.010.
The noise-resilient brain: Resting-state oscillatory activity predicts words-in-noise recognition
Houweling Thomas, Becker Robert, Hervais-Adelman Alexis (2020), The noise-resilient brain: Resting-state oscillatory activity predicts words-in-noise recognition, in Brain and Language, 202, 104727-104727.
Bilateral Gamma/Delta Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation Affects Interhemispheric Speech Sound Integration
Preisig Basil C., Sjerps Matthias J., Hervais-Adelman Alexis, Kösem Anne, Hagoort Peter, Riecke Lars (2019), Bilateral Gamma/Delta Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation Affects Interhemispheric Speech Sound Integration, in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 1-9.
Learning to read recycles visual cortical networks without destruction
Hervais-Adelman Alexis, Kumar Uttam, Mishra Ramesh K., Tripathi Viveka N., Guleria Anupam, Singh Jay P., Eisner Frank, Huettig Falk (2019), Learning to read recycles visual cortical networks without destruction, in Science Advances, 1.
The neurobiology of simultaneous interpreting: Where extreme language control and cognitive control intersect
Hervais-Adelman Alexis, Babcock Laura (2019), The neurobiology of simultaneous interpreting: Where extreme language control and cognitive control intersect, in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 1-12.
Hemispheric specializations affect interhemispheric speech sound integration during duplex perception
Preisig Basil C., Sjerps Matthias J. (2019), Hemispheric specializations affect interhemispheric speech sound integration during duplex perception, in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145(3), EL190-EL196.
Global and localized network characteristics of the resting brain predict and adapt to foreign language learning in older adults
KlieschMaria, BeckerRobert, Hervais-AdelmanAlexis, Global and localized network characteristics of the resting brain predict and adapt to foreign language learning in older adults, in Scientific Reports, online.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Martin Meyer, International Normal Ageing and Plasticity Imaging Center / University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Volker Dellwo, Department of Phonetics, University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Ivan Toni, Donders Centre for Cognition, Radboud University, Nijmegen Netherlands (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Lars Riecke, Audition, Cognitive Neuroscience, Maastricht University Netherlands (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Olivier Macherey, Laboratoire de Mecanique et d'Acoustique / Aix-Marseille University France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Falk Huettig, Cultural Brain Group / Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Netherlands (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Nicolas Burra, FaPSE, University of Geneva Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Society for the Neurobiology of Language Talk given at a conference The influence of 2kHz Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) over the articulatory motor cortex on cortical excitability and categorical perception of speech sounds 05.10.2021 Online Virtual Meeting, Australia Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Jacobs Jessica; Preisig Basil Christoph;
Society for the Neurobiology of Language Talk given at a conference The syllable we hear during binaural integration is emerging in non-auditory cortical areas 05.10.2021 Online VIrtual Meeting, Australia Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Preisig Basil Christoph;
Society for the Neurobiology of Language Talk given at a conference Learning to write shapes literate speech perception 05.10.2021 Online Virtual Meeting, Australia Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Society for the Neurobiology of Language Talk given at a conference Pre-target alpha power predicts comprehension and subjective clarity of Digits-in-Noise 05.10.2021 Online Virtual Meeting, Australia Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Houweling Thomas; Becker Robert;
4th workshop of the Society for the Cognitive Science of Culture Talk given at a conference How does literacy affect speech processing? Not by enhancing cortical responses to speech, but by promoting connectivity of acoustic-phonetic and graphomotor cortices 01.10.2021 Frankenstein (Pfalz), Germany Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
27th Annual Meeting of the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping, Virtual, June 2021 Poster Distinct Phonemic vs Acoustic Representations of Dichotic Stimuli 21.06.2021 Online VIrtual Meeting, United States of America Preisig Basil Christoph; Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Salzburg Mind and Brain Meeting Poster The syllable we hear during binaural integration is emerging in non-auditory cortical areas 17.06.2021 Salzburg, Austria Preisig Basil Christoph; Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Seminar Series of the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading Individual talk The neural basis of simultaneous interpreting – Insights into extreme language control and perspectives for future research 03.06.2021 Reading (Online), Great Britain and Northern Ireland Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Masters and Doctoral Students' Colloquium, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich Poster "Pre-stimulus alpha predicts word in noise recognition 01.06.2021 Zurich, Switzerland Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Houweling Thomas; Becker Robert;
Brainbox Webinar Individual talk Selective Modulation of Connectivity in the Speech Network by Electric Brain Stimulation 17.02.2021 Online, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Preisig Basil Christoph; Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Donders Session: Cultural Brain Individual talk Rewriting the brain – Patterns of cortical connectivity associated with literacy 21.01.2021 Donders Centre, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Annual Speech in Noise Workshop Poster Pre-target α EEG power predicts intra-individual variability in Digit-in-Noise recognition 20.01.2021 Online vIrtual Meeting, Netherlands Becker Robert; Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Houweling Thomas;
Annual Speech in Noise Workshop Poster Individual variability of theta-band cortical entrainment to speech in quiet predicts word in noise comprehension and is mediated by top-down processes 20.01.2021 Online Virtual Meeting, Netherlands Becker Robert; Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language Poster Cerebro-acoustic coherence while listening to stories in quiet predicts word-in-noise recognition 21.10.2020 Online, United States of America Becker Robert; Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language Poster Hemispheric lateralization and interhemispheric effective connectivity predict binaural integration of phonemic information 21.10.2020 Online, United States of America Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Preisig Basil Christoph;
ZNZ Symposium Poster TACS induced modulation of interhemispheric connectivity predicts auditory integration 09.10.2020 Zurich, Switzerland Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Preisig Basil Christoph;
ZNZ Symposium Poster Cerebro-acoustic coherence while listening to stories in quiet predicts word-in-noise recognition 09.10.2020 Zurich, Switzerland Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Becker Robert;
Current advances in neurolinguistics - oscillations, language and the brain Talk given at a conference Altering connectivity within the speech network by means of electric brain stimulation 28.09.2020 Zuirch, Switzerland Preisig Basil Christoph;
Current advances in neurolinguistics - oscillations, language and the brain Talk given at a conference The role of neural oscillations for speech perception 28.09.2020 Zurich, Switzerland Becker Robert;
Brainbox Initiative Conference Talk given at a conference Selective modulation of interhemispheric connectivity by transcranial alternating current stimulation influences auditory perception 22.09.2020 London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Preisig Basil Christoph;
26th Annual Meeting of the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping Poster When Less is More - Unpicking the structural basis of speech in noise comprehension 23.06.2020 Online, Canada Becker Robert; Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Poster Phase difference of bilateral brain stimulation modulates interhemispheric connectivity during binaural integration 02.05.2020 Online, United States of America Preisig Basil Christoph; Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Poster "Function vs Structure: Factors Related to Speech In Noise Comprehension In A Thousand Young, Normally-Hearing Listeners" 02.05.2020 Online, United States of America Becker Robert; Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Advanced Seminars in Multilingualism Individual talk The Neurobiology of Simultaneous Interpreting - A window into extreme language control 05.03.2020 Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society for Neuroscience Poster The phase of bilateral auditory transcranial alternating current stimulationmodulates interhemispheric coupling 22.02.2020 Bern, Switzerland Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Preisig Basil Christoph;
2nd Swiss Early-career Researchers Symposium (young ssn) Talk given at a conference Modulating interhemispheric functional connectivity during auditory speech perception 21.02.2020 Bern, Switzerland Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Preisig Basil Christoph;
Speech in Noise Workshop 2020 Poster Cognitive factors contributing to speech-in-noise comprehension: insights from a thousand young, normally-hearing listeners 09.01.2020 Toulouse, France Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Becker Robert;
Eleventh Annual Society for the Neurobiology of Language Meeting Poster Patterns of structural covariation with left precentral gyrus predict words in noise performance 21.10.2019 Helsinki, Finland Becker Robert; Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
100 Years of Conference Interpreting Talk given at a conference 100 years of conference interpreting research 03.10.2019 Geneva, Switzerland Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
ZNZ Symposium Poster The noise-resilient brain: Resting-state oscillatory activity predicts words-in-noise recognition 12.09.2019 Zurich, Switzerland Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Houweling Thomas; Becker Robert;
ZNZ Symposium Poster Canonical correlation partitions oscillatory brain networks into spatio-spectrally distinct modules predictive of behaviour 12.09.2019 Zurich, Switzerland Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Becker Robert;
British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience Talk given at a conference Language Control In Action 02.09.2019 Cambridge, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Salzburg Mind-Brain Annual Meeting (SAMBA) Poster The neural bases of binaural speech cue integration 11.07.2019 Salzburg, Austria Preisig Basil Christoph; Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
2nd International Conference on Translation, Interpreting and Cognition Talk given at a conference The Neurobiology of Simultaneous Interpreting - A window into extreme language control 03.07.2019 Germersheim, Germany Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
International Symposium on Bilingualism 12 Talk given at a conference The Neurobiology of Simultaneous Interpreting - Where extreme language control and cognitive control intersect 24.06.2019 Edmonton, Canada Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Talk given at a conference Resting-State Perisylvian Beta-Gamma MEG Power Predicts Words-in-Noise Recognition 09.06.2019 Rome, Italy Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Becker Robert; Houweling Thomas;
Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Poster The neural basis of the binaural integration of speech: A combined tACS-fMRI 09.06.2019 Rome, Italy Preisig Basil Christoph; Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Poster Positive & negative individual traits are explained by spatio-spectrally distinct MEG brain networks 09.06.2019 Rome, Italy Becker Robert; Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
8th Symposium of Behavioral Neurology Talk given at a conference The impact of transcranial brain stimulation on speech perception and production 10.05.2019 Luzern, Switzerland Preisig Basil Christoph;
Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society for Neuroscience Poster Resting-State Perisylvian Beta-Gamma MEG Power Predicts Words-in-Noise Recognition 01.02.2019 Geneva, Switzerland Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Becker Robert; Houweling Thomas;
Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society for Neuroscience Poster Interhemispheric integration of speech: A combined tACS-fMRI study 01.02.2019 Geneva, Switzerland Preisig Basil Christoph; Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society for Neuroscience Poster Learning to read co-opts existing cortical visual feature representation in a non-destructive manne 01.02.2019 Geneva, Switzerland Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society for Neuroscience Poster Frequency-specific connectivity patterns at rest are associated with speech in-noise comprehension ability 01.02.2019 Geneva, Switzerland Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Becker Robert;
Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting Poster Frequency-specific connectivity patterns at rest are associated with speech in-noise comprehension ability 06.01.2019 Champéry, Switzerland Becker Robert; Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting Poster Resting-State Perisylvian Beta-Gamma MEG Power Predicts Words-in-Noise Recognition 06.01.2019 Champéry, Switzerland Becker Robert; Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Houweling Thomas;
Forschungskolloquium Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft Individual talk Degradation and Control - Tales of language and the motor system 02.11.2018 Zurich, Switzerland Hervais-Adelman Alexis;
Improving Neural Mechanisms underlying improved speech perception Poster Connectivity in resting-state MEG is related to speech-in-noise comprehension 24.09.2018 Delmenhorst, Germany Hervais-Adelman Alexis; Becker Robert;
Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Poster The functional and structural impact of acquiring literacy in adulthood 17.06.2018 Singapore, Singapore Hervais-Adelman Alexis;


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Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: radio, television Wieso wir nur hören, was wir sehen 20 Minuten German-speaking Switzerland 2020

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
206155 Exploring audio-motor integration: a novel approach to overcoming hearing impairment 01.03.2022 SNSF Professorships

Abstract

Human speech perception is robust in the face of adverse listening conditions, such as reverberation and background noise. Hearing loss imposes perceptual difficulty in speech perception by degrading incoming speech signals. It is an increasingly common disability and has large societal costs. Recent neuroimaging work has suggested that one mechanism of restoration of a degraded speech signal is couched in articulatory-motor representations. This project seeks to investigate, using multiple different methods, the neural substrates of degraded speech perception, and specifically the role of articulatory-motor representations. In addition to enhancing our understanding of the neurobiology of language, this can be applied to the development of novel training methods to enable hearing-impaired individuals to enhance and exploit articulatory-auditory links to improve their speech comprehension abilities.
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