Jonathan E. Peelle, PhD

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology

Peelle Lab Website

Research in our lab is focused primarily on understanding how the brain understands speech, and how this is affected by changes in cognitive and hearing ability. We study speech and auditory processing in adults of all ages and varying levels of hearing. We use a combination of behavioral testing and brain imaging to investigate the cognitive processes involved in speech comprehension and how cognitive demands vary between listeners. Some of the brain imaging techniques we rely on are structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI, and high-density diffuse optical tomography (HD-DOT).


  • PhD (Neuroscience), Brandeis University, 2005
  • MA (Cognitive Psychology), Brandeis University, 2002
  • BA (Psychology), BMus (Horn performance), Houghton College (with honors) 1999


  • Royal Society International Travel Award, 2010
  • Brain Travel Grant, 2009
  • Career Development Fellowship, UK Medical Research Council, 2008–2010
  • American Psychological Assoc. Dissertation Research Award, 2003
  • American Psychological Assoc. Div. 20 Award for Proposed Doctoral Research, 2003

Selected Publications

  1. Roland LT, Lenze EJ, Hardin F-M, Kallogjeri D, Nicklaus JE, Wineland A, Fendell G, Peelle JE, Piccirillo JF (2015) The effects of mindfulness based stress reduction on subjective bother and neural connectivity in chronic tinnitus. Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery 152:919–926. doi:10.1177/0194599815571556

  2. Peelle JE (2014) Methodological challenges and solutions in auditory functional magnetic resonance imaging. Frontiers in Neuroscience 8:253. doi:10.3389/fnins.2014.00253

  3. Van Engen KJ, Peelle JE (2014) Listening effort and accented speech. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8:577. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00577

  4. Peelle JE, Gross J, Davis MH (2013) Phase-locked responses to speech in human auditory cortex are enhanced during comprehension. Cerebral Cortex 23:1378-1387. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhs118

  5. Peelle JE (2012) The hemispheric lateralization of speech processing depends on what "speech" is: A hierarchical perspective. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 6:309. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2012.00309

  6. Peelle JE, Davis MH (2012) Neural oscillations carry speech rhythm through to comprehension. Frontiers in Psychology 3:320. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00320

  7. Wingfield A, Peelle JE (2012) How does hearing loss affect the brain? Aging Health 8:107–109. doi:10.2217/AHE.12.5

  8. Peelle JE, Troiani V, Grossman M, Wingfield A (2011) Hearing loss in older adults affects neural systems supporting speech comprehension. Journal of Neuroscience 31:12638–12643. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.2559-11.2011

  9. Peelle JE, Johnsrude IS, Davis MH (2010) Hierarchical processing for speech in human auditory cortex and beyond. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 4:51. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2010.00051

  10. Peelle JE, Troiani V, Wingfield A, Grossman M (2010) Neural processing during older adults' comprehension of spoken sentences: Age differences in resource allocation and connectivity. Cerebral Cortex 20:773–782. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhp142