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

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).

Additionally, Adriana is part-time employed by the Linnaeus centre HEAD. HEAD stands for HEaring And Deafness; Linnaeus Centre HEAD is part of the Swedish Institute for Disability Research, which builds on a collaboration between the Swedish universities of Linköping and Örebro. For this “Mismatch in the Brain” study, she performs both behavioral and fMRI research on the influence of speech-to-noise ratio and informative cues on speech intelligibility and brain activation.
This study is part of a collaboration between HEAD and the Section Audiology, Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery & the EMGO+ Institute at the VU University medical center  Amsterdam.

Adriana is co-supervisor of the PhD student Lisa Kilman, who assesses the influence of language on speech perception.

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.