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Prof. Dr. David Poeppel

Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience
Deutschordenstr. 46
60528 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: 49 (0)69-96769 101


Scientific Focus

The overall goal of my research program is to develop a theoretically motivated, computationally explicit, and biologically realistic perspective on auditory cognition, speech perception, and language comprehension.


The principal methods used in the lab include psychophysics, MEG, EEG, ECoG, and fMRI.

Selected Publications

Sun, Y., & Poeppel, D. (2023). Syllables and their beginnings have a special role in the mental lexicon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 120(36), e2215710120.

Gwilliams, L., King, J. R., Marantz, A., & Poeppel, D. (2022). Neural dynamics of phoneme sequences reveal position-invariant code for content and order. Nature Communications, 13(1), 6606.

Poeppel, D., & Assaneo, M. F. (2020). Speech rhythms and their neural foundations. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 21(6), 322-334.

Assaneo, M. F., Ripollés, P., Orpella, J., Lin, W. M., de Diego-Balaguer, R., & Poeppel, D. (2019). Spontaneous synchronization to speech reveals neural mechanisms facilitating language learning. Nature Neuroscience, 22(4), 627-632.

Ding, N., Melloni, L., Zhang, H., Tian, X., & Poeppel, D. (2016). Cortical tracking of hierarchical linguistic structures in connected speech. Nature Neuroscience, 19(1), 158-164.

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