Helen Blank

I am interested in how prior expectations influence our perception. I combine behavioural, neuroimaging, and computational methods to investigate how the human brain integrates prior evidence from different sensory sources to make sense of new incoming information during human communication.

Currently, I am a Marie Curie fellow at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf with Christian B├╝chel. During my post-doc with Matt Davis at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK I combined computational modelling and multivariate fMRI measurements to investigate how prior expectations improve perception of degraded speech. During my PhD with Katharina von Kriegstein at the the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany I investigated multisensory integration of faces and voices during human communication.