Over the past five decades, the John C. and Edward Coleman Memorial Laboratory has focused its research initiatives on the search for the physiological and anatomical principles of brain organization that are the bases for how hearing sensation is established, transformed, and learned. From those principles, a series of ground-breaking treatments for hearing loss and related neurological disorders of language, cognition, and movement control have been developed.

The research groups in the Coleman Laboratory continue to collaborate on a number of projects aimed at developing an integrative, multi-level understanding of hearing function, with an emphasis on basic principles of cortical organization and plasticity. In addition, the laboratory continues to pioneer novel techniques to explore the causes and central nervous consequences of hearing loss and to restoring hearing in deafness. It has also broadened the scope of projects to include the development of perceptual training strategies designed to overcome impairments in hearing, in communication, in cognitive abilities, and in fluent motor control of speech and body movement in children with language impairments, in dyslexic children, in autistic syndrome children, in aging populations with and without significant hearing loss, and in aphasic and other hearing- and communication-related stroke patients.

Current Projects

A collaborative group of investigators from the fields of Neuroscience, Engineering and Clinical Otolaryngology continue to work on the basic and translational aspects of hearing science to advance our understanding of the hearing process and to continue to help patients with communications disorders.

Recent publications

Chronic reduction in inhibition reduces receptive field size in mouse auditory cortex.
Seybold BA, Stanco A, Cho KK, Potter GB, Kim C, Sohal VS, Rubenstein JL, Schreiner CE.

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