Context dependence in pitch coding: employing novel electroencephalography(EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) measures to investigate the neural mechanisms involved in human pitch processing

PhD student

Karima Susi

Supervisory team

Professor Deborah Hall

Dr Andrew Dunn (Nottingham Trent University)
Dr Preethi Premkumar (Nottingham Trent University)


Nottingham Trent University

Study period


This research has been building on a series of ongoing high-profile pitch studies using neuroimaging methods (Hall and Plack, 2009). In Karima’s PhD work she explored how generalisable is pitch coding by investigating the relationship between the brain areas involved in pitch processing, and those involved in extracting features of pitch-evoking stimuli not specific to pitch per se (e.g. pitch salience, timbre, and spatial location). She used a combination of brain imaging methods and laboratory tests of listening performance. Her findings have enhanced our understanding of normal pitch perception, hearing problems and tinnitus.