Bachelor of Cognitive Science (Honours), 1999. PhD, Swinburne University of Technology, 2012
Research Fellow, Bionics Institute
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Hamish is a recent recipient of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Peter Doherty Early Career Research Fellowship. He is interested in all aspects of how the mind perceives and builds up a representation of the outside world. He has a Bachelor of Cognitive Science (hons) from the University of Western Australia, and a PhD in neuroscience from Swinburne University. His research interests include:
1) The development of EEG-based objective measures of hearing. These can be used to detect and diagnose hearing problems in infants, improve the fitting of cochlear implants and hearing aids, and also have uses in e-heath for remote fitting of hearing devices.
2) Understanding the variability in outcomes between people who gain a great deal of benefit from their hearing devices, and the many people who gain little to no benefit.
3) Improving the enjoyment that cochlear implant recipients get from listening to music through their hearing device.
Perceiving sounds properly is crucial for communication and function in complex social, education, and work environments.
Hamish is always interested in hearing from potential PhD students who are interested in working in the area of translational hearing research (especially if you have an interest in EEG, psychophysics, and speech or music perception!). Please get in touch any time if you want to discuss potential supervision.
The Bionics Institute conducts research to develop and improve the function of medical bionic devices. These include the bionic ear, the bionic eye, and implants to control epileptic seizures and Parkinson's disease. My own work is aimed at improving the way the bionic ear operates, to allowusers to function more successfully in complex social and working environments.
In these situations, being able to perceive subtle differences in sound is crucial to understanding the difference between a question and a statement in a job interview, understanding the teacher's voice in a noisy classroom, or makes it possible to enjoy and participate in music throughout the lifespan. Being unable to perceive sound properly results in withdrawalfrom social, working, and educational environments from youth to old age. This work takes place in the medical research sector, and the Institute has close contacts with hospitals, universities, and commercial partners in Victoria, nationally, and internationally.
As the population ages and exposure to noise increases, these problems will become more prevalent. Our work with the bionic ear hasalready directly improved the lives of nearly 250,000 people world-wide. This is a large number, but is very small compared to the number of people who could potentially benefit. Improving the technology so that it is more accessible and useful in all possible listening environments will increase social and economic benefits throughout the lifespan.
See more publications by Hamish Innes-Brown in Pubmed, Research Gate, and Google Scholar.
Innes-Brown H, Barutchu A & Crewther DP (2013). Neural responses in parietal and occipital areas in response to visual events are modulated by prior multisensory stimuli. PLoS ONE (in press).
Marozeau J, Innes-Brown H and Blamey PJ (2013). The acoustic and perceptual cues affecting melody segregation for listeners with a cochlear implant. Frontiers in Psychology – Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00790.
Lazard D, Innes-Brown H, & Barone P (2013) Adaptation of the communicative brain to post-lingual deafness. Evidence from functional imaging. Hearing Research (in press).
Au, A., Marozeau, J. M., Innes-Brown, H., Schubert, E., & Stevens, C. J. (2013). Music for the cochlear implant: Audience response to six commissioned compositions. Seminars in Hearing, Special Issue on Music Appreciation in Cochlear Implants. 33(4): p. 335-345.
Henshall, K. R., Sergejew, A. A., McKay, C. M., Rance, G., Shea, T. L., Hayden, M. J., Innes-Brown, H., & Copolov, D. L. (2012). Interhemispheric transfer time in patients with auditory hallucinations: An auditory event-related potential study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 84(2), 130–139.
Innes-Brown, H., Marozeau, J. M., Storey, C. M., & Blamey, P. J. (2013). Tone, rhythm, and timbre perception in school-aged children using cochlear implants and hearing aids. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. 24(9): 789-806.
Marozeau, J. M., Innes-Brown, H., & Blamey, P. J. (2013). The effect of timbre and loudness on melody segregation. Music Perception. 30(3): 259-274.
Innes-Brown, H., J. Marozeau, and P. Blamey, The effect of visual cues on difficulty ratings for segregation of musical streams in listeners with impaired hearing. PloS one, 2011. 6(12): p. e29327.
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Innes-Brown, H., A. Barutchu, M.N. Shivdasani, D.P. Crewther, D.B. Grayden, and A. Paolini, Susceptibility to the flash-beep illusion is increased in children compared to adults. Developmental Science, 2011. 14(5): p. 1089-99.
Barutchu, A., Danaher, J., Crewther, S. G., Innes-Brown, H., Shivdasani, M. N., & Paolini, A. G. (2010). Audiovisual integration in noise by children and adults. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 105(1-2), 38-50.
Innes-Brown H. The new Leonardo’s: New music for the bionic ear. Inaugral Music, Mind and Health Conference, 2013. Melbourne Australia.
Gavrilis J, Innes-Brown H and Marozeau J. Relationships between temporal fine structure sensitivity and the cABR. Inaugral Music, Mind and Health Conference, 2013. Melbourne Australia.
Marozeau J, Vannson N, Peretz I and Innes-Brown H. Bimodal and bilateral cochlear implant users prefer fast tempos: aesthetic responses to dichotic, binaural and monaural melodies. Inaugral Music, Mind and Health Conference, 2013. Melbourne Australia.
Innes-Brown H, Vannson N, Peretz I and Marozeau J. Improved aesthetic responses to music in bimodal and bilateral cochlear implant users. 3rd International Conference on Medical Bionics, 2013. Philip Island, Australia.
Innes-Brown H, Au A, Schubert E, Stevens C and Marozeau J. New music for the Bionic Ear. An assessment of the enjoyment of six new works composed for cochlear implant recipients. 3rd International Conference on Medical Bionics, 2013. Philip Island, Australia.
Innes-Brown, H, Vannson, N, Peretz, I, and Marozeau, J. Improved aesthetic responses to music in bimodal and bilateral cochlear implant users. Conference on Implantable Auditory Prostheses. 2013. Lake Tahoe, California.
Marozeau, J and Innes-Brown, H. Creating New Musical Rules for Listeners with a Cochlear Implant. Acoustics 2012. 2012. Nantes, France.
Marozeau, J, Innes-Brown, H, and Blamey, PJ. The effect of perceptual cues on auditory streaming in cochlear implant listeners. Conference on Implantable Auditory Prostheses. 2011. Asilomar, USA.
Marozeau, J, Innes-Brown, H, and Blamey, PJ. Improving music perception in cochlear implant recipients by enhancing auditory streaming cues. The 2nd International Conference on Medical Bionics: Neural interfaces for damaged nerves. 2011. Phillip Island, Australia.
Innes-Brown, H, Marozeau, J, and Blamey, PJ. The effect of visual cues on musical stream segregation in listeners with impaired hearing. The 2nd International Conference on Medical Bionics – neural interfaces for damaged nerves. 2011. Phillip Island, Australia.