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/...

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    Key publications

    Kolarik AJ, Scarfe AC, Moore BCJ, Pardhan S (2017), “Blindness enhances auditory obstacle circumvention: Assessing echolocation, sensory substitution, and visual-based navigation” PLoS ONE 12(4): e0175750

    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), “Echoic Sensory Substitution Information in a Single Obstacle Circumvention Task” PloS One e0160872 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



    Kolarik AJ, Pardhan S, Cirstea S, Moore BCJ (2017), “Auditory spatial representations of the world are compressed in blind humans” Exp Brain Res 235(2): 597-606 PDF

    Kolarik AJ, Raman R, Moore BCJ, Cirstea S, Gopalakrishnan S, Pardhan S (2017), “Partial Visual Loss Affects Self-reports of Hearing Abilities Measured Using a Modified Version of the Speech, Spatial, and Qualities of Hearing Questionnaire” Front Psychol 8: 561 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