Geiser Eveline, PD PhD


  • Research scientist at MIT
  • Post-doctoral researcher at MIT
  • PhD in Neuroscience at the UZH and the ETH Zurich
  • MSc in Psychology at University of Zurich (UZH)

Research interests and methods
I investigate the brain organization of high-level auditory perception. Specifically, I am interested in the neural mechanisms of auditory global timing perception and their influence on general perception and cognition across the human life span.
Depending on the research question at hand I apply neuroimaging such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Electroencephalography (EEG) as well as behavioral research paradigms (psychoacoustics).

Neural correlates of auditory timing perception


Nipype, Nipype Beginners guideSPM, Freesurfer, FSL, EEGLAB, ERPLAB, Cartool, MIT, LINE

Forthcoming Publications

Notter, M., Gabrieli, J.D.E., & Geiser, E. (under review). Neural correlates of individual differences in temporal Gestalt perception.> A study combining psychometric measures of our temporal grouping illusion (Geiser et al. 2013) with fMRI.

Key Publications (full list)

Notter, M., Hanke, M., Murray, M.M., & Geiser, E. (in press). Where the rhythm plays:     Machine learning decodes rhythm-sensitive cortices. Cerebral Cortex. link

Geiser, E., Retsa, C., Knebel, J.-F.,  Ferrari, C., Clarke, S., Conus, Ph., Do, K.Q., &        Murray, M.M. (in press). The coupling of low-level auditory dysfunction and        oxidative stress in psychosis patients. Schizophrenia Research. link

Sameiro-Barbosa, C. & Geiser, E. (2016). Sensory entrainment mechanisms in auditory perception: neural synchronization and cortico-striatal activation. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 10:361. pubmed

Clarke, S. & Geiser, E. (2015). Roaring lions and chirruping lemurs: how the brain encodes sound objects in space. Neuropsychologia75, 304-313. pubmed

Geiser, E., Walker, K. & Bendor, D. (2014). Global timing: a conceptual framework to investigate the neural basis of rhythm perception in humans and non-human species. Frontiers in Psychology. pubmed

Geiser, E., Kjelgaard Rockcastle, M, & Gabrieli J.D.E. (2013). Auditory temporal structure processing in dyslexia: Processing of prosodic phrase boundaries is not impaired in children with dyslexia. Annals in Dyslexia. 64(1):77-90. pubmed

Geiser, E. & Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2013). Influence of rhythmic grouping on duration perception: A novel auditory illusion. PLoS One, 8(1): e54273. pubmed

Geiser, E., Notter, M., & Gabrieli J.D.E. (2012). A cortico-striatal neural system enhances auditory perception through temporal context processing. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(18), 6177-82. pubmed

Geiser, E., Gabrieli, J.D.E. & Shattuck-Hufnagel, S. (2012). Temporal regularity in speech perception: Is regularity beneficial or detrimental? Proceedings of Meetings in Acoustics. 14. pubmed

Geiser, E. & Kaelin-Lang, A. (2011). The function of dopaminergic neural signal transmission in auditory pulse perception: Evidence from dopaminergic treatment in Parkinson’s Patients. Behavioral Brain Research, 225, 270-275. pubmed

Geiser, E., Sandmann, P., Meyer, M., & Jancke, L. (2010). Refinement of meter perception – training increases hierarchical metre processing. European Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 1979-1985. pubmed Erratum in: Eur J Neurosci. 2011 Dec;34(12):2064. correction

Geiser, E., Ziegler, E., Jancke, L., & Meyer, M. (2009). Early electrophysiological correlates of meter and rhythm processing in music perception. Cortex, 45(1), 93-102. pubmed

Geiser, E., Zaehle, T., Jancke, L., & Meyer, M. (2008). The neural correlate of speech rhythm as evidenced by meter processing: an fMRI study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 20(3). 541-552. pubmed

Schmidt, C.F., Meyer, M., Zaehle, T., Geiser, E., Boesiger, P., & Jancke, L. (2008). Silent and continuous scanning differentially modulate activation in an auditory language comprehension task. Human Brain Mapping. 29(1), 46ff. pubmed

Zaehle T., Geiser E., Alter K., Jancke L., Meyer M. (2008). Segmental processing in the human auditory dorsal stream. Brain Research, 1220, 179-90. pubmed

Scientific Services

Reviewer: National Science Foundation (NSF, USA); Experimental Brain Research; Brain; Music Perception; Neuroimage; Hearing Research; Neuropsychologia; Behavioral Brain Functions; Journal of Neuroscience Methods; Neuropsychology; Brain Topography; Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research; Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain; Acta Psychologica; European Journal of Neuroscience; Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews; Journal of Neuroscience and Behavioral Health; Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA); Cogent Psychology; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; Frontiers in Psychology; PLOSOne; Neuropsychologia; Neuroscience and Behavioral Reviews; Journal of Neuroscience Methods; Attention, Perception & Psychophysics

Journal Editor: Associate Editor for Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience (Frontiers in Neuroscience and Psychology); editor for Advances in Parkinson’s Disease; review editor for Frontiers in psychology and neuroscience; review editor Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; reviewer editor for Speech Language and Hearing Research

Awards and Grants

Department of Radiology, CHUV – Research funding 2013-2017                                       Swiss National Science Foundation – Award for own research group 2013-2017
McGovern Institute at MIT – Fellowship 2012-2013
Swiss National Science Foundation – Career fellowship 2010-2012
SAGW – Conference grant 2010
Swiss National Science Foundation – Career Fellowship 2008-2010
Janggen-Pöhn-Stiftung – Offer of PhD-sponsorship 2008
University of Zurich – Fellowship 2007

Current Classroom Teaching (fall -spring 2017/18)

  •      Neurosciences: système auditive (UNIL, école de médecine B2.3)
  •      Neurosciences: Auditory system (UNIL, Master de Neuroscience module 2)