Dr Martin Vestergaard

Martin Vestergaard

University position

Research Associate


Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience



Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Systems and Computational Neuroscience


I investigate relationships among functional and theoretical constructs of decision theory and communication in humans. I use psychophysical paradigms and brain imaging techniques to identify behavioural and neural indices of reward processing and auditory specialization.

Research Focus


auditory perception


computational models

object normalization


Clinical conditions



Hearing and balance deficits

Menierre's disease

Obsessive compulsive disorder



Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetoencephalography (MEG)

Neuropsychological testing



Roy Patterson

Wolfram Schultz

United Kingdom

Sue Denham Web: http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/researc...

Katrin Krumbholz Web: http://www.ihr.mrc.ac.uk/researc...


Friedemann Pulvermüller Web: http://www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/v/brain...

Istwan Winkler Web: http://www.mtapi.hu/index.p...

Key publications

Vestergaard MD, Fyson NR, Patterson RD (2011), “The mutual roles of temporal glimpsing and vocal characteristics in cocktail-party listening.” J Acoust Soc Am 130(1):429-39 Details

Edmonds BA, James RE, Utev A, Vestergaard MD, Patterson RD, Krumbholz K (2010), “Evidence for early specialized processing of speech formant information in anterior and posterior human auditory cortex.” Eur J Neurosci 32(4):684-92 Details

Hailstone JC, Crutch SJ, Vestergaard MD, Patterson RD, Warren JD (2010), “Progressive associative phonagnosia: a neuropsychological analysis.” Neuropsychologia 48(4):1104-14 Details

Ives DT, Vestergaard MD, Kistler DJ, Patterson RD (2010), “Location and acoustic scale cues in concurrent speech recognition.” J Acoust Soc Am 127(6):3729-37 Details

Háden GP, Stefanics G, Vestergaard MD, Denham SL, Sziller I, Winkler I (2009), “Timbre-independent extraction of pitch in newborn infants.” Psychophysiology 46(1):69-74 Details

Vestergaard MD, Fyson NR, Patterson RD (2009), “The interaction of vocal characteristics and audibility in the recognition of concurrent syllables.” J Acoust Soc Am 125(2):1114-24 Details

Vestergaard MD, Háden GP, Shtyrov Y, Patterson RD, Pulvermüller F, Denham SL, Sziller I, Winkler I (2009), “Auditory size-deviant detection in adults and newborn infants.” Biol Psychol 82(2):169-75 Details

Vestergaard MD, Patterson RD (2009), “Effects of voicing in the recognition of concurrent syllables.” J Acoust Soc Am 126(6):2860-3 Details

Vestergaard MD (2006), “Self-report outcome in new hearing-aid users: Longitudinal trends and relationships between subjective measures of benefit and satisfaction.” Int J Audiol 45(7):382-92 Details

Vestergaard MD (2003), “Dead regions in the cochlea: implications for speech recognition and applicability of articulation index theory.” Int J Audiol 42(5):249-61 Details