Jennifer M. Groh

Jennifer M. Groh

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1993

  • M.S., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1989


Research in my laboratory concerns how sensory and motor systems work together, and how neural representations play a combined role in sensorimotor and cognitive processing (embodied cognition). Most of our work concerns the interactions between vision and hearing. We frequently perceive visual and auditory stimuli as being bound together if they seem likely to have arisen from a common source. That's why we tend not to notice that the speakers on TV sets or in movie theatres are located beside, and not behind, the screen. Research in my laboratory is devoted to investigating the question of how the brain coordinates the information arising from the ears and eyes. Our findings challenge the historical view of the brain's sensory processing as being automatic, autonomous, and immune from outside influence. We have recently established that neurons in the auditory pathway (inferior colliculus, auditory cortex) alter their responses to sound depending on where the eyes are pointing. This finding suggests that the different sensory pathways meddle in one another's supposedly private affairs, making their respective influences felt even at very early stages of processing. The process of bringing the signals from two different sensory pathways into a common frame of reference begins at a surprisingly early point along the primary sensory pathways.


Perception, Vision, Hearing, Neuroscience, Space, brain stimulation

Caruso, VC, Mohl, JT, Glynn, C, Lee, J, Willett, SM, Zaman, A, Ebihara, AF, Estrada, R, Freiwald, WA, Tokdar, ST, and Groh, JM. "Single neurons may encode simultaneous stimuli by switching between activity patterns." Nature Communications 9.1 (July 13, 2018): 2715-null. Full Text Open Access Copy

Gruters, KG, Murphy, DLK, Jenson, CD, Smith, DW, Shera, CA, and Groh, JM. "The eardrums move when the eyes move: A multisensory effect on the mechanics of hearing." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115.6 (February 2018): E1309-E1318. Full Text Open Access Copy

Pages, DS, Ross, DA, Puñal, VM, Agashe, S, Dweck, I, Mueller, J, Grill, WM, Wilson, BS, and Groh, JM. "Effects of Electrical Stimulation in the Inferior Colliculus on Frequency Discrimination by Rhesus Monkeys and Implications for the Auditory Midbrain Implant." The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience 36.18 (May 2016): 5071-5083. Full Text Open Access Copy

Zucker, NL, Merwin, RM, Bulik, CM, Moskovich, A, Wildes, JE, and Groh, J. "Subjective experience of sensation in anorexia nervosa." Behaviour Research and Therapy 51.6 (June 2013): 256-265. Full Text Open Access Copy

Gruters, KG, and Groh, JM. "Sounds and beyond: Multisensory and other non-auditory signals in the inferior colliculus." Frontiers in Neural Circuits NOV (November 15, 2012): 1-39. (Review) Full Text Open Access Copy


Groh, JM, and Pai, DK. "Looking at Sounds: Neural Mechanisms in the Primate Brain." Primate Neuroethology. February 1, 2010. Full Text

Kelly, KA, Metzger, R, Mullette-Gillman, OA, Werner-Reiss, U, and Groh, JM. "Representation of sound location in the primate brain." Primate Audition: Ethology and Neurobiology. January 1, 2002. 177-197.

Groh, JM. Making Space: How the Brain Knows Where Things Are. Harvard University Press, November 5, 2014.

Selected Grants

Multisensory Processes in the Mechanics of Hearing awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2024

Spatial Information Codes awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2022

Information in Limited-Capacity Neural Codes awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2019

Basic predoctoral training in neuroscience awarded by National Institutes of Health (Training Faculty). 1992 to 2018

Training in Fundamental &Translational Neuroscience awarded by National Institutes of Health (Training Faculty). 2005 to 2016

Neural Basis of the Perception of Sound Location awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2015

CRCNS: Integrative Information Processing awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2015

Visual Signals in Auditory Midbrain awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2011

Visual Responses in the Monkey Inferior Colliculus awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2010

Eye Position and the Neural Basis of Sound Localization awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2010