AdrianaZekveldAdriana Zekveld (PhD) is a senior researcher at the Section Ear & Hearing, Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, VU medical center, Amsterdam.

Zekveld currently focuses on the application of pupillometry to assess listening effort during speech perception tasks. She is project manager of the ZonMW project REAL-HEARING and the associated HANSA project that assess the relationship between hearing loss and physiological measures of listening effort and stress in laboratory and real-world (ambulatory) conditions. She also manages a Marie Curie ITN EC project (HEAR-ECO) that aims to develop and assess ecologically valid conditions for the evaluation of hearing-aid benefit using physiological measures including pupillometry.

Zekveld recently finished a study to the relationships between listening effort and hearing-related stress: “The Pupil Response and Individual Listening Load (PupILL): Towards the development of a clinically applicable measure of cognitive processing load in daily life hearing”. This study was performed at the Section Ear & Hearing, Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Amsterdam Public Health research institute at the Amsterdam University Medical Centers, location VUmc, in Amsterdam. The study focused on the validation of pupillometric research to study processing load during listening.

Between 2009 and 2017, Zekveld has been working as a senior lecturer at the Linnaeus centre HEAD, Linköping University, Sweden. She assessed the contribution of semantic context on speech perception using behavioral methods, fMRI and pupillometry. She co-supervised Lisa Kilman (PhD, finished in 2015), who focused on the influence of language (Swedish versus English) on speech perception.

Research focus:

  • Physiological measures of cognitive processing during listening (pupillometry, cardiovascular measures, skin conductance, 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.