Auditory Neuro Experience Lab

We are the Auditory Neuro Experience (ANEx) Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! Our research focuses on the development of the human auditory brain, over the course of both the individual and species lifetime. We study how experience with the acoustic environment, including acoustic communication (i.e., speech), shapes the auditory brain and affects our perceptual capabilities. One current focus is on premature infants – a vulnerable population whose premature birth and abnormal early auditory/sensory experience can put them at risk for cognitive deficits. Another focus is on extended high-frequency hearing loss – a common condition we each have experienced or likely will experience as we age. To learn more, please visit our Current Projects page

Lab News

November 29, 2021

We are accepting applications for a Lab Coordinator! Please find the job description and application here:

November 17, 2021

Today is World Prematurity Day! How can you get involved? Visit, to learn more!

November 1, 2021

We are excited to announce that the lab was awarded a five year R01 grant entitled “The ecological significance of extended high-frequency hearing in humans” from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders! To learn more, visit this link

November 19, 2020

Congratulations to Allison Trine for her new 2020 publication on extended high frequencies that improve speech-in-speech recognition! Her article has been published in the Trends in Hearing: SAGE Journals and helps researchers in understanding the benefits of extended high frequency hearing. This study provides implications to support extending the bandwidth of hearing aids and other devices!

October 1, 2020

Our lab was awarded a three year R21 Grant entitled “Auditory experience during the prenatal and perinatal period” from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders! This grant will be extremely helpful as we continue to strive to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes for infants born premature.