The CoNCH lab uses psychophysical and neuroimaging methods such as fMRI and EEG to study the neural basis of hearing; particularly how the brains of listeners transform the noisy and variable sounds of everyday conversations into meaningful language. The group is also exploring how the brain develops expectations about what it will hear, and how these expectations influence perception. In another line of research that capitalizes on Dr Johnsrude’s training in clinical neuropsychology and neuroimaging, the group is exploring the potential of novel functional-imaging based methods for evaluation of subtle brain abnormalities in epilepsy, concussion and other brain disorders.​


Some of the research conducted by the CoNCH Lab has been funded by NSERC and CIHR.