Dr. rer. nat. Julia Erb

Maria-Goeppert-Str. 9a
23562 Lübeck
Gebäude MFC 8, 1. OG, Raum 5

Phone:+49 451 3101 3631
Fax:+49 451 3101 3604


Research Interests

Auditory Perception and Cognition
Comparative Analyses of Primate Auditory Function
Computational Modelling of Neuroimaging Data
Translational Neuroscience in Hearing Loss and Aging


Research Experience

2018Postdoctoral researcherInstitute of Psychology, University of Lübeck, DE, lab of Prof. Jonas Obleser
2014–2017Postdoctoral researcherDepartment of Cognitive Neuroscience, Maastricht University, NL, lab of Prof. Elia Formisano
2014Research fellowInstituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino, Rio de Janeiro, BR, in the  lab of Prof. Jorge Moll
2010–2014PhD studentMax Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, DE, Referees: Prof. Jonas Obleser, Prof. Erich Schröger and Prof. Mark Eckert
2010–2010MSc thesisFMRIB Center, Department of Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford, UK, lab of Dr. Kate Watkins
2009–2009Research internLaboratoire de Neurobiologie, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, FR, lab of Prof. Stéphane Supplisson
2007–2008BSc thesisRudolf-Virchow Center, University of Würzburg, DE, lab of Dr. Heike Hermanns




Doctor rer. nat. (Psychology), University of Leipzig, DE(magna cum laude)

2008–2010Master of Science (Integrative Biology and Physiology /Neuroscience), University Paris VI, FR
2005–2008Bachelor of Science (Biomedicine), University of Würzburg, DE
2005Abitur (A-Level equivalent)



Published in peer-reviewed journals

Erb J, Kreitewolf J, Pinheiro AP, & Obleser J (2020). Aberrant perceptual judgements on speech-relevant acoustic features in hallucination-prone individuals. Schizophrenia Bulletin Open.

Erb J, Schmitt LM, & Obleser J (2020). Temporal selectivity declines in the aging human auditory cortex. Elife, 9:e55300. doi: 10.7554/eLife.55300. *selected for an eLife digest.

Erb J, Armendariz M, De Martino F, Goebel R, Vanduffel W & Formisano E (2019). Homology and specificity of natural sound-encoding in human and monkey auditory cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 29 (9), 3636-3650.

Erb J, Ludwig AA, Kunke D, Fuchs M, & Obleser J (2019). Temporal sensitivity predicts six-month post cochlear-implant speech recognition. Ear and Hearing, 40 (1), 27-33.

Scharinger M, Henry MJ, Erb J, Meyer L, & Obleser J (2014). Thalamic and parietal brain morphology predicts auditory category learning. Neuropsychologia, 53C, 75-83.

Erb J & Obleser J (2013). Upregulation of cognitive control networks in older adults’ speech comprehension. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, Special issue: The effect of hearing loss on neural processing,7(116), 1-13.

Erb J, Henry MJ, Eisner F, & Obleser J (2013). The brain dynamics of rapid perceptual adaptation to adverse listening conditions. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33(26), 10688-10697.

Erb J, Henry MJ, Eisner F, & Obleser J (2012). Auditory skills and brain morphology predict individual differences in adaptation to degraded speech. Neuropsychologia, 50(9), 2154-2164.



Erb J (2014). The neural dynamics of adaptation to degraded speech. Der Fakultät für Biowissenschaften, Pharmazie und Psychologie der Universität Leipzig eingereichte Dissertationsschrift.


Book Chapters

Obleser J & Erb J (2020). Neural filters for challenging listening situations. In Gazzaniga MS (Ed.), The Cognitive Neurosciences, 6th edition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Erb J & Obleser J (2020). Coding of Spectral Information. In Grothe B (Ed.), The Senses Volume II Audition, 2nd edition. Amsterdam: Elsevier.