Sanne Rutten, PhD
Email: Sanne [dot] Rutten [at] unige [dot] ch
PhD in Psychology, University of Geneva (Switzerland)
M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience, Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
B.Sc. in Psychology, Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
We live in a dynamic and complex auditory environment, and yet we can comfortably move around and interact with the various sounds we encounter in our daily life. I am interested in exploring which acoustical elements are fundamentally important for the brain to encode these natural sounds and how the auditory system is cable of quickly anticipating this continuous flow of input. I am looking at the structural basis of auditory processing and at functional variations that are induced by contextual differences. For this I am using ultra-high field (7T) functional and structural magnetic imaging in combination with computational modeling. On top of this I try to link structural and functional inter-individual differences with auditory abilities.
Bonte, M., Frost, M. A., Rutten, S., Ley, A., Formisano, E., and Goebel, R. (2013). Development from childhood to adulthood increases morphological and functional inter-individual variability in the right superior temporal cortex. Neuroimage 83, 739–750. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.07.017