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Neural and Environmental Rhythms lab

The "Neural and Environmental Rhythms" lab explores how synchrony between brain rhythms and environmental rhythms shapes our perception of the world. We use psychophysics, M/EEG, and noninvasive brain stimulation to do this. 

We're based at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt and at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) in Toronto. 

Interested in getting involved? If you are local to Frankfurt and want to participate in our experiments, you can find a list of active studies here. You can also check for job openings and volunteer opportunities on our Get Involved page. 

We've been inviting authors to (virtually and very informally) discuss their own work with us during our journal clubs. Have a paper you think we'd enjoy? Want some feedback on an undercooked project? Get in touch!


  • Great news! Our Stage 1 Registered Replication of Hickok et al. 2015 has been accepted! And you are invited to participate! If you are interested in contributing to our multi-site replication of this seminal study on auditory entrainment, please check out the project page here

  • Welcome to Antonio Criscuolo! Antonio comes from the BAND Lab in Maastricht and will be visiting for three months working on an EEG project on rhythm perception. 

  • Welcome to Yue Ren! Yue will be with the group for six months, and will head up a project examining how aging brains entrain to music. 

  • New paper out! Work spearheaded by postdoc Yuranny Cabral-Calderin shows that neural entrainment to auditory rhythms is reliable across repeated measurements. You can find the e-pub ahead of print here, or check the updated pre-print until the paper becomes open access. 

  • Peter Lakatos memorial symposium. Our field lost a gentle giant this year when Peter Lakatos passed away. Although it was not a talk I would have ever wanted to give, it was an honor to speak at his memorial symposium on his contribution to auditory attention. Sincere thanks to the organizers (Jonas Obleser and Maria Chait) and to APAN for hosting the session. You can read a beautiful obituary here

  • Highlights from the Max Planck Society Yearbook 2020. Each year, the Max Planck Society submits a scientific research report in the form of a yearbook to provide an account of the scientific research performed at its Institutes to the public and its funding providers. The central questions addressed are: where do we stand, and where do we want to go? We were thrilled to have our work – "Better Hearing through Brain Stimulation" – featured as a 2020 Highlight


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