Neal F Viemeister

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The general interest area of my research group is auditory psychophysics and perception. Our research seeks to determine the basic properties of hearing, to describe them using quantitative models, and to relate them to physiology. An example is our work on dynamic processes. It is well-known that dynamic changes in the amplitude and frequency of sound are crucially important in auditory perception. Our experiments ask basic questions, such as how well we can detect and discriminate these dynamic changes. How should we refine the model we have proposed to account for these data? To what extent is are the dynamic properties we observe determined by processing in the auditory periphery, i.e., if we did experiments similar to our psychophysical experiments but using responses from the auditory nerve, how would the results compare?

Although most of our research is concerned with normal hearing, we also have a long-standing interest in the effects of hearing loss. The general goal is to better understand the perceptual consequences of hearing loss and thereby to provide a solid basis for the design of auditory prosthetic devices. This research, like most of our research, is multi-disciplinary and involves collaborations with faculty and students in Otolaryngology, Speech Language and Hearing Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, and Electrical Engineering.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1970.


  • auditory neuroscience
  • auditory perception
  • models of perceptual process
  • psychophysics
Courses Taught
  • Psy 5037 - Psychology of Hearing
  • Psy 8993 - Directed Studies: Special Areas of Psychology and Related Sciences: Journal Seminar on Hearing
  • Psy 5993 Laboratory course on auditory perception
  • Psy 5960 Detection Theory in Psychology
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • department affiliations with Program in Neuroscience; Program in Biomedical Engineering:
  • Fellow, Acoustical Society of America:
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science:
  • National Institute of Health Grant