Marquee Middle Image

Faculty Profile

Elyse S. Sussman, Ph.D.

Dr. Elyse S. Sussman

Professional Interests

My research is in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience and is focused on understanding the neural bases of auditory information processing in adults and children. Our laboratory's research uses a combination of non-invasive recordings of human brain acitivity (event-related potentials [ERPs]) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), in conjunction with behavioral performance measures, to specify the processes and brain structures that contribute to the organization, storage and perception of a coherent sound environment.

Selected Publications

Rahne, T. & Sussman, E. (2009). Neural representations of auditory input accommodate to the context in a dynamically changing acoustic environment. European Journal of Neuroscience, 29(1), 205-11.

Sussman E., & Steinschneider, M. (2009). Attention effects on auditory scene analysis in children. Neuropsychologia, 47, 771–785.

Wang, J., Staffaroni, L., Reid, E., Steinschneider, M., & Sussman, E. (2009). Effects of musical training on pattern perception in adolescents. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 73(5), 751-5.

Dinces, E., Chobot-Rodd, J., & Sussman, E. (2009). Behavioral and electrophysiological measures of auditory change detection in children following late cochlear implantation: A preliminary study. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 73, 843-841.

Lepistö, T., Kuitunen, A., Sussman, E., Saalasti, S., Jansson-Verkasalo, E., Nieminen-von Wendt, T., &  Kujala, T. (2009). Auditory stream segregation in children with Asperger’s syndrome. Biological Psychology, 82(3), 301-7.

Hisagi, M., Shafer, V.L., Strange, W., and Sussman, E. (2010).  Perception of a Japanese Vowel Length Contrast by Japanese and American English listeners: Behavioral and Electrophysiological Measures. Brain Research, 1360, 89-105.

Shafer, V.L., & Sussman, E. (2011). Predicting the future: ERP markers of language risk in infancy. Clinical Neurophysiology, 122, 213-214. 

Rimmele, J., Jolsvai, H., & Sussman, E. (2011). Auditory target detection is affected by implicit temporal and spatial expectations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(5), 1136–1147.

Sussman, E.S. & Steinschneider, M. (2011). Attention modifies sound level detection in young children. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 1, 351-360.

Horvath, J., Sussman, E., Winkler, I., & Schröger, E. (2011). Preventing distraction: assessing stimulus-specific and general effects of the predictive cueing of deviant auditory events. Biological Psychology, 87(1), 35-48.

Dinces, E., & Sussman, E. (2011). Effects of acoustic complexity on processing sound intensity in 10-11-year-old children: Evidence from cortical auditory evoked potentials. Laryngoscope, 121, 1785-1793.

Rimmele, J., Sussman, E., Keitel, C., Jacobsen, T. & Schröger, E. (2012). Electrophysiological evidence for age effects on sensory memory processing of tonal patterns. Psychology and Aging, 27(2), 384-98.

Li X, Sroubek A, Kelly MS, Lesser I, Sussman E., He Y, Branch C, Foxe JJ. (2012). Atypical pulvinar-cortical pathways during sustained attention performance in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 51(11), 1197-1207.

Sadia, G., Ritter, W., & Sussman, E. (2013). Category effects: Is top-down control alone sufficient to elicit the mismatch negativity (MMN) component? Biological Psychology, 92(2), 191–198.

Gulotta, B., Sadia, G., & Sussman, E. (2013). Emotional processing modulates attentional capture of irrelevant sound input in adolescents. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 88, 40-46.

Sussman, E. (2013). Attention matters: pitch vs. pattern processing in adolescence. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 4 (333), 1-8.

Chen, S., & Sussman, E. (2013). Context effects on auditory distraction. Biological Psychology, 94(2), 297–309.

Sussman, E., Chen, S., Sussman-Fort, J., & Dinces, E. (2013). Five Myths of MMN: Redefining how to use MMN in basic and clinical research. Brain Topography, in press.

Näätänen, R., Sussman, E., Salisbury, D., & Shafer, V. (2014). Mismatch negativity (MMN) as an index of cognitive dysfunction. Brain Topography, in press.

Pannese, A., Herrmann, C.S., & Sussman, E. (2014). Analyzing the auditory scene: Neurophysiologic evidence of a dissociation between detection of regularity and detection of change. Brain Topography, in press.

Sussman, E., Steinschneider, M., Lee, W., & Lawson, K. (2014). Auditory scene analysis in children with developmental language disorders. International Journal of Psychophysiology. in press.

Sussman-Fort, J. & Sussman, E. (2014). The effect of stimulus context on the buildup to stream segregation. Frontiers in Neuroscience, in press.

Rimmele, J.M., Sussman, E., & Poeppel, D. (2014). The role of temporal structure: In sensory memory, in auditory scene analysis, and in speech perception. International Journal of Psychophysiology.


More Information About Dr. Elyse Sussman

Dept. of Neuroscience page

Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory webpage

Material in this section is provided by individual faculty members who are solely responsible for its accuracy and content.


Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Rose F. Kennedy Center
1410 Pelham Parkway South , Room 210
Bronx, NY 10461

Tel: 718.430.3313

Pubmed Search
Collexis Research Profiles
Einstein Research Profiles (ERP) is one of the innovative technologies to create collaborative bridges within and across the entire bench-to-bedside-to-population spectrum of research. The ERP website has been developed in partnership with Collexis to give investigators easy access to PubMed publications, coauthor networks, information about NIH grants, and research networks.