Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Biomedical Sciences

Content Description

1 online resource (xi, 155 pages) : color illustrations.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Gerwin Schalk

Committee Members

Jonathan Carp, Jonathan R. Wolpaw, Valerie Bolivar, Bradly Voytek, Abigail Snyder-keller


Electrocorticography (ECoG), Perception threshold, Phase reset, statistical methods, variability in response, Auditory perception, Auditory pathways, Electroencephalography, Cerebral cortex, Statistics, Auditory Perception, Auditory Pathways, Cerebral Cortex

Subject Categories

Electrical and Electronics | Neuroscience and Neurobiology


Behavioral responses to auditory stimuli have a critical role in our daily activities. The perception of these stimuli and the generation of appropriate behavioral responses requires the interaction of thousands of neurons in the auditory-motor pathways in the brain. Despite their importance, still many neuroscientific questions about these interactions are remained to be answered. This may result from the limitations of brain recordings as well as statistical methods to analyze brain recordings. In this dissertation, I investigated underlying mechanisms that govern these neural interactions in the auditory-motor pathways using novel statistical techniques applied to the brain recordings from the surface of the cortex (electrocorticography). Specifically, I aimed to answer some of the highly interesting neuroscientific questions about auditory perception and information transmission in these pathways in our two studies.