Allman Lab

Brian AllmanResearch in the Allman Lab focuses on basic questions investigating how the cortex integrates information from more than one sense (e.g., sight and hearing), as well as on clinically-relevant questions as to how the cortex adapts to hearing loss and its perceptual implications. The Allman Lab investigates::

Multisensory Processing

Simply by considering our own daily experiences, we become keenly aware that the processing of information from each of our senses does not occur solely in isolation; rather, our brains naturally merge information from our different senses to provide us with a more complete sensory experience.

Cortical Plasticity Following Hearing Loss

How does the brain adapt (or mal-adapt) when it is deprived one of its senses?

Tinnitus and Its Risk Factors

It is well known that excessive exposure to loud noise can result in permanent hearing loss. A common corollary to this noise-induced hearing loss is tinnitus, the subjective perception of a phantom sound which is often described as a “ringing in the ears.” For ~10% of the general population, tinnitus is a constant disturbance that can lead to sleep problems, difficulty concentrating and, in some cases, severe forms of depression, all of which can negatively affect one’s quality of life.