Dr. Mark Steadman is a Research Associate in the Department of Bioengineering. He is investigating the neural representation of complex sound in the auditory cortex. The auditory system must represent sounds selectively; the representation of ‘cat’ must be different to ‘hat’. At the same time, it enables us to recognise sounds despite acoustical variations; ‘cat’ still sounds like ‘cat’ no matter who says it. Understanding the neural mechanisms underlying both this selectivity and invariance is a central question in sensory neuroscience.
Before joining Dr. Andrei Kozlov’s lab, Mark obtained a PhD in Auditory Neuroscience at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research where his research focussed on the neural representation of speech. Since graduating in 2015, he has been involved in the Horizon 2020 project 3D Tune-In, investigating the perception of 3D audio.