Dr Andrew Kolarik

Andrew Kolarik

University position

Research Associate


Department of Psychology



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Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


I am a Research Associate at Cambridge University in Professor Brian Moore’s research group. My work looks at auditory perception among hearing impaired and blind listeners. I am interested in how sensory impairment affects spatial awareness, and to what extent supra-normal performance for auditory spatial tasks among blind listeners, such as distance discrimination and azimuthal localization, can be explained by cross-modal cortical reorganization. My work uses virtualization techniques and self-report to investigate whether accurate internal representations of auditory space are formed in the absence of a visual signal, and under what conditions blind individuals demonstrate supra-normal hearing abilities.

Research Focus



Hearing impairment




Clinical conditions

Hearing and balance deficits


Behavioural analysis



Brian Moore

United Kingdom

Silvia Cirstea Web: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/...

John Marsh Web: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/staff_p...

Shahina Pardhan Web: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/...

Mat Timmis Web: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/...

Associated News Items

    Key publications

    Kolarik AJ, Moore BCJ, Zahorik P, Cirstea S, Pardhan S (2016), “Auditory distance perception in humans: a review of cues, development, neuronal bases, and effects of sensory loss” Atten Percept Psycho 78: 373-395 PDF

    Kolarik AJ, Scarfe AC, Moore BCJ, Pardhan S (2016), “An assessment of auditory-guided locomotion in an obstacle circumvention task” Exp Brain Res 234: 1725–1735 PDF

    Kolarik AJ, Cirstea S, Pardhan S (2013), “Evidence for enhanced discrimination of virtual auditory distance among blind listeners using level and direct-to-reverberant cues.” Exp Brain Res 224(4):623-33 Details


    in press

    Kolarik AJ, Pardhan S, Cirstea S, Moore BCJ (in press), “Auditory spatial representations of the world are compressed in blind humans” Exp Brain Res PDF


    Moore BCJ, Kolarik AJ, Stone MA, Lee Y (2016), “Evaluation of a method for enhancing interaural level differences at low frequencies” J Acoust Soc Am 140(4): 2817-2828


    Kolarik AJ, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, Moore BC (2014), “A summary of research investigating echolocation abilities of blind and sighted humans.” Hear Res 310C:60-68 Details

    Kolarik AJ, Timmis MA, Cirstea S, Pardhan S (2014), “Sensory substitution information informs locomotor adjustments when walking through apertures.” Exp Brain Res 232(3):975-84 Details


    Kolarik A, Cirstea S, Pardhan S (2013), “Discrimination of virtual auditory distance using level and direct-to-reverberant ratio cues.” J Acoust Soc Am 134(5):3395-8 Details

    Kolarik AJ, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, Moore BCJ (2013), “An assessment of virtual auditory distance judgments among blind and sighted listeners” Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA) 19: pp050043

    Kolarik AJ, Pardhan S, Cirstea S, Moore BC (2013), “Using acoustic information to perceive room size: effects of blindness, room reverberation time, and stimulus.” Perception 42(9):985-90 Details


    Kolarik AJ, Culling JF (2010), “Measurement of the binaural auditory filter using a detection task.” J Acoust Soc Am 127(5):3009-17 Details

    Kolarik AJ, Margrain TH, Freeman TC (2010), “Precision and accuracy of ocular following: influence of age and type of eye movement.” Exp Brain Res 201(2):271-82 Details


    Kolarik AJ, Culling JF (2009), “The masking of interaural delays.” J Acoust Soc Am 125(4):2162-71 Details

    Kolarik AJ, Culling JF (2009), “Measurement of the binaural temporal window using a lateralisation task.” Hear Res 248(1-2):60-8 Details