Graduate Student
Keith Doelling



Keith is a PhD candidate studying with Dr. Pesaran in the Center for Neural Science as well as Dr. David Poeppel in the Psychology Department. In his undergraduate education, studying Cognitive Neuroscience and Music at Harvard University, he conducted research on the role of rhythm perception and production in dyslexia and linguistic ability. After graduating, he worked in Dr. Poeppel’s lab, studying interactions between neural oscillations in the brain and rhythms in speech and music and demonstrating the necessity of such interactions for speech comprehension. As a current PhD candidate, he is now working on interactions between sensory and motor systems during speech perception.  The role for such interactions in this context is an intensely debated topic and must be settled in order to understand the nature of speech representations in the brain and, further, how those representations make contact with meaning. He is beginning his PhD research using both psychophysics and electrocorticography (ECoG) to gauge the influence of motor planning on sensory predictions of incoming speech.  Keith is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.