Adriana Zekveld (PhD) performs the 4-year personal VENI project: “The eye as measure of listening effort”. This study is performed at the Section Ear and Hearing, Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and EMGO Institute at the VU University medical centre in Amsterdam, as well as at the dept. of Cognitive Psychology of Leiden University (May 2015-September 2015). The study focuses on the validation of pupillometric research to study processing load during listening.

In March 2015, Adriana Zekveld was awarded a “ReVanche” grant from the EMGO+ Institute for Health and Care Research of the VU University medical center. This program allows her to conduct an innovative 2-year follow-up study on the application of pupillometry within audiology.

Adriana co-supervises two PhD students, Barbara Ohlenforst and Yang Wang, in the context of a recently approved Marie Curie Initial Training Network EC project (LISTEN607373). The aim of the project is to further assess several aspects of the pupil response in relation to hearing and hearing loss. It is performed together with OTICON A/S, a leading hearing aid manufacturer. The main supervisor of this project is prof. Sophia Kramer, and we work closely together with dr. Graham Naylor and prof. Thomas Lunner (OTICON).

Adriana is co-supervisor of the PhD student Lisa Kilman, who assesses the influence of language on speech perception. Lisa is affiliated with the Linnaeus Centre HEAD, which is  is part of the Swedish Institute for Disability Research that builds on a collaboration between the Swedish universities of Linköping and Örebro.

Research focus:

  • Physiological measures of cognitive processing during listening (pupillometry and fMRI)
  • Speech comprehension, hearing loss, age, listening effort & cognition
  • Cognitive hearing science
  • Cognitive test development (Text Reception Threshold test)
  • Evaluation of the speech perception benefit obtained from telephone-applications during speech comprehension

See: list of publications for more information.