Jennifer M. Groh

Jennifer M. Groh

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

External Address: 
LSRC B252, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90999, Durham, NC 27708-0999


Research in my laboratory concerns how sensory and motor systems work together, and how neural representations play a combined role in sensorimotor and cognitive processing (embodied cognition). Most of our work concerns the interactions between vision and hearing. We frequently perceive visual and auditory stimuli as being bound together if they seem likely to have arisen from a common source. That's why we tend not to notice that the speakers on TV sets or in movie theatres are located beside, and not behind, the screen. Research in my laboratory is devoted to investigating the question of how the brain coordinates the information arising from the ears and eyes. Our findings challenge the historical view of the brain's sensory processing as being automatic, autonomous, and immune from outside influence. We have recently established that neurons in the auditory pathway (inferior colliculus, auditory cortex) alter their responses to sound depending on where the eyes are pointing. This finding suggests that the different sensory pathways meddle in one another's supposedly private affairs, making their respective influences felt even at very early stages of processing. The process of bringing the signals from two different sensory pathways into a common frame of reference begins at a surprisingly early point along the primary sensory pathways.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1993

  • M.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1989

Kopco, Norbert, et al. “Reference frame of the ventriloquism aftereffect.The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, vol. 29, no. 44, Nov. 2009, pp. 13809–14. Epmc, doi:10.1523/jneurosci.2783-09.2009. Full Text

Mullette-Gillman, O’Dhaniel A., et al. “Motor-related signals in the intraparietal cortex encode locations in a hybrid, rather than eye-centered reference frame.Cereb Cortex, vol. 19, no. 8, Aug. 2009, pp. 1761–75. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/cercor/bhn207. Full Text

Werner-Reiss, Uri, and Jennifer M. Groh. “A rate code for sound azimuth in monkey auditory cortex: implications for human neuroimaging studies.J Neurosci, vol. 28, no. 14, Apr. 2008, pp. 3747–58. Pubmed, doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5044-07.2008. Full Text

Porter, Kristin Kelly, et al. “Visual- and saccade-related signals in the primate inferior colliculus.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, vol. 104, no. 45, Nov. 2007, pp. 17855–60. Pubmed, doi:10.1073/pnas.0706249104. Full Text

Bulkin, David A., and Jennifer M. Groh. “Seeing sounds: visual and auditory interactions in the brain.Current Opinion in Neurobiology, vol. 16, no. 4, Aug. 2006, pp. 415–19. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.conb.2006.06.008. Full Text

Metzger, Ryan R., et al. “Effects of reward and behavioral context on neural activity in the primate inferior colliculus.The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, vol. 26, no. 28, July 2006, pp. 7468–76. Epmc, doi:10.1523/jneurosci.5401-05.2006. Full Text

Porter, Kristin Kelly, et al. “Representation of eye position in primate inferior colliculus.Journal of Neurophysiology, vol. 95, no. 3, Mar. 2006, pp. 1826–42. Epmc, doi:10.1152/jn.00857.2005. Full Text

Werner-Reiss, Uri, et al. “Long lasting attenuation by prior sounds in auditory cortex of awake primates.Experimental Brain Research, vol. 168, no. 1–2, Jan. 2006, pp. 272–76. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s00221-005-0184-x. Full Text

Porter, Kristin Kelly, and Jennifer M. Groh. “The "other" transformation required for visual-auditory integration: representational format.Progress in Brain Research, vol. 155, Jan. 2006, pp. 313–23. Epmc, doi:10.1016/s0079-6123(06)55018-6. Full Text

Mullette-Gillman, O’dhaniel A., et al. “Eye-centered, head-centered, and complex coding of visual and auditory targets in the intraparietal sulcus.Journal of Neurophysiology, vol. 94, no. 4, Oct. 2005, pp. 2331–52. Epmc, doi:10.1152/jn.00021.2005. Full Text