Annika Linke

Interests

I investigate how the brain encodes auditory information during perception as well as during higher-level cognitive processes such as short-term memory and imagery (see here). I am also interested in high-resolution fMRI, using new fMRI sequences that reduce scanner noise and Multi-Voxel Pattern Analysis which make it possible to study the human auditory system despite the small size of auditory cortex and large inter-individual variability in anatomy.

Qualifications

I studied Cognitive Psychology at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany, B.A. 2008) and did my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge.

I have been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Brain and Mind Institute, Western University, since August 2011.

Contact

alinke2 [at] uwo.ca
annikalinke [at] gmail.com

Publications

Cusack, R. , Veldsman, M. , Naci, L. , Mitchell, D. J. , Linke, A. C. (2011) Seeing Different Objects in Different Ways: Measuring Ventral Visual Tuning to Sensory and Semantic Features With Dynamically Adaptive Imaging. Human Brain Mapping. pdf

Linke, A. C. , Vicente-Grabovetsky, A. , Cusack, R. (2011) Stimulus-specific suppression preserves information in auditory short-term memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108(31). pubmed

Linke, A. C. , Vicente-Grabovetsky, A. , Mitchell, D. J. , Cusack, R. (2010) Encoding strategy accounts for individual differences in change detection measures of VSTM. Neuropsychologia. pubmedpdf

Recent Conference Abstracts

Linke, A.C. & Cusack, R. “Using fMRI and multivariate methods to study flexible neural representations of complex sounds in human auditory cortex.” Invited Talk. Association for Research in Otolaryngology MidWinter Meeting, Young Investigator Symposium, Baltimore, 2013.

Linke, A.C., & Cusack, R. “Decoding feature information in human auditory cortex – a comparison of auditory perception, short-term memory and imagery”. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131, 3386. Invited Talk, Acoustics, Hong Kong, China, 2012.

Linke, A.C., & Cusack, R. “Task-dependent feature representations of complex sounds in human auditory cortex.” Computational and Systems Neuroscience (Cosyne), Salt Lake City, 2012. 

Linke, A.C, & Cusack, R. “Remembering by imagining? Auditory short-term memory and imagery do not share the same neural mechanisms.” Human Brain Mapping, Quebec City, 2011.

Linke, A.C., Vicente-Grabovetsky, A., Mitchell, D.J., & Cusack, R. “Individual Differences in Change Detection Measures of Short-Term Memory Capacity can be explained by Encoding Strategy.” Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 2011.

Linke, A., & Cusack, R. “Complex sounds decoded – processing semantic and perceptual features in the auditory system.” Human Brain Mapping, Barcelona, 2010.

Cusack, R., Veldsman, M., Naci, L., Mitchell, D.J., & Linke, A. “Ventral visual tuning to sensory and semantic features differs by object.” Experimental Pyschology Society, Manchester, 2010.

Cusack, R., Veldsman, M., Naci, L., Mitchell, D.J., & Linke, A. “Rapidly characterising multidimensional neural tuning to sensory and semantic features of real-world objects using Dynamically Adaptive Imaging.” Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Montreal, 2010

Linke, A., & Cusack, R. “Assessing Tonotopy in Human Audition during a Change Detection Task – A Multi-Voxel Pattern Analysis Approach.” Association for Research in Otolaryngology MidWinter Meeting, Los Angeles, 2010.