Vanessa Frei, M.Sc.
I completed my Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Zurich in the field of psychology with a focus on cognitive neuroscience. My Master Thesis focused on the bodily plasticity in the form of embodiment and which socio-cognitive attitudes are associated with altered bodily states and whether they can be influenced by them. I mainly worked with virtual bodily illusions via virtual reality and electroencephalography.
Since June 2021 I am a Ph.D. student in the Computational Neuroscience of Speech & Hearing group at the Phonetics and Speech Sciences unit at the Department of Computational Linguistics. My research currently focuses on the underlying relationship between auditory perception and individual cognitive capacity in older individuals with hearing loss. I am particularly interested in how this relationship can be modified by a realistic, natural, and immersive training situation. Using EEG, I am investigating neural speech processing in a naturalistic immersive training presented through virtual reality.
Besides a possible insight into the potential of an immersive auditory-cognitive training, I further hope to gain an understanding about the possibility to use individual prerequisites, environmental and motivational factors that allow valuable considerations for future trainings, particularly regarding transferability and generalizability, while enabling increased engagement of individuals.