Tirdad Seifi Ala
Research fellow (ESR)
Hi, my name is Tirdad, one of the six ESR members of the HEAR-ECO project at the School of Medicine of the University of Nottingham, located in Glasgow.
I did my bachelor studies as a biomedical engineer at the Sahand University of Iran. Afterwards, I continued with my master’s program within biomedical engineering at the Amrikabir University of Iran. My M.Sc. thesis was about auditory stimulation of the brain called binaural beats and how it can alter the brain signals, which was evaluated by EEG recordings. The results indicated that brain can be entrained by binaural beats in theta frequency band.
In the HEAR-ECO project, I will be working with electroencephalography (EEG) to assess listening effort. Therefore, my focus is on conducting experiments with both In-Ear and scalp EEG and analyzing with regard to listening effort involved in speech processing. Meanwhile, I will combine other ambulatory effort measurement, such as pupillometry , with EEG to investigate the effect of fatigue and motivation and, furthermore, the impact of Hearing-aid signal processing on listening effort.
This project is supervised by Thomas Lunner and Carina Graversen at the Eriksholm Research Centre and William Whitmer at the University of Nottingham.