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Dr. Manon Grube


"Acquiring language is typically accomplished by hearing and reproducing it. All sound events, including speech and music, are a function of time. My research looks into the role for rhythm and timing as a shared basis between hearing, language and music by investigating the processing of the underlying “beat” in the human brain."


Scientific career

Since 2014: IPODI fellow at TU Berlin, Germany

2005–2014: Research Associate in the Newcastle Auditory Group, Medical School, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK

2011–2012: ERASMUS Mundus postdoctoral stipend (10 months) for research stay at BRAMS (International Laboratory for Brain and Music Research), Montreal, CA

2001–2005: PhD on “The Where and When of Auditory Space: Evidence from Patients with acquired Brain Lesions” at the University of Leipzig and the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

1994–2000: Biology degree, with specialization in Neuroscience, at University of Göttingen (1994–1996), Germany; University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA (1996–1997: 1 year Educational Abroad Program stipend) and University of Leipzig, Germany (1997–2000)


Research Interests

  • Auditory perception in adults and children in the healthy and the disordered brain
  • Specifically: Time and rhythm processing, and their role in language skills



Email: manon.grube[at]tu-berlin.de



IPODI Research Project

A temporal framework for auditory rhythm processing and language skills assessed in behavioural and brain measures

Duration: 4 November 2014 – 31 October 2016

Mentor: Prof. Dr. Klaus‐Robert Müller, Faculty IV, Institut für Softwaretechnik und Theoretische Informatik, FG Maschinelles Lernen

Abstract: The normal, successful acquisition of speech and language skills typically depends heavily on hearing. This suggests a strong link between hearing and language, whilst the specific mechanisms remain matter of debate. My current research supports a significant relationship between auditory sequence processing and language skills in early-adolescence and early adulthood. In line with other recent findings, rhythmic sequence processing is proposed to play a particular role (over aspects of pitch for instance) that is universal across languages and has a functional brain basis. This project will firstly systematically test the relationship between rhythm processing and language skills in German-native speaking young adults, in comparison to my previous UK work in English-speakers. The behavioural testing will use a range of tasks from single-interval timing to generic rhythmic stimuli and those matching the spectro-temporal structure of speech. Secondly, correlates of neural mechanisms underlying rhythm processing will be measured using electroencephalography, providing the temporal resolution needed to track event-related components and more importantly, rhythmic entrainment in the brain. The outcome will be a significant gain in understanding the role for auditory rhythm processing in language skills, providing the basis for further cross-lingual work in younger ages and informing the design of training strategies for humans and brain-computer interfaces.

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