BA, MSc, DPhil
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Biography Peter Keating obtained a BA in psychology and philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin before moving to the University of Oxford to do an MSc in Neuroscience. He subsequently completed a DPhil in physiology as a Newton Abraham scholar in the Oxford Auditory Neuroscience Group, where he is currently pursuing postdoctoral research funded by the Wellcome Trust.
Research Dr Keating combines behavioural, neurophysiological, computational, and virtual reality techniques to study the development of spatial hearing and its maintenance in adulthood. The complementary goals of this research are to provide basic insight into auditory processing and to use these insights to improve auditory function in specific environments or populations where it is compromised.
Spatial hearing requires the interpretation and integration of many different sensory inputs and needs to operate in very different acoustical environments. This makes it an excellent model system for understanding fundamental aspects of neural processing that relate to plasticity, adaptation and cue integration. Throughout the lifespan, spatial hearing is also dramatically affected by various forms of hearing loss, including 'glue ear' in children, noise-induced deafness in young adults, and age-related hearing loss in older people. This can impair speech perception in noisy environments, and may negatively affect social integration and educational attainment. Dr Keating is therefore particularly interested in research that can help rehabilitate auditory function in individuals with hearing loss.