Questrom Building

                                              595 Commonwealth Avenue

                                                       Boston MA 02215

The final program of the workshop is now available !

The Frequency-Following Response (FFR) is an auditory evoked neural response at the level of the brainstem. It has gained much popularity over the past few years and is applied to examine auditory processing at the level of the brainstem in a wide range of (clinical) groups. The FFR has been used, for instance, as a tool to assess changes in brainstem plasticity following musical or linguistic experience, and to study the effects of ageing, hearing loss, or learning difficulties on subcortical auditory processing. Despite its popularity, a lot remains unknown about the FFR: what are the underlying processes involved in generating the response and what do the components making up the FFR reflect exactly? What kind of analyses are most appropriate to characterize the response? And what does inter-individual variability in the FFR signify? The aim of this workshop is to bring the FFR community together and to open up the discussion on the origins and interpretation of the response, explore new recording and analysis techniques, and discuss hot topics in this rapidly evolving field.


The second edition of this workshop will take place in Boston, MA (USA), May 19-20 2016.

The following speakers have confirmed their contributions (titles subject to change):

  • Prof. E. Bartlett (Purdue University, USA): “Overcompensation in older males — for hearing”
  • Prof. M. Malmierca (University of Salamanca, Spain): “Subcortical stimulus-specific adaptation
  • Dr. D. Ruggles (University of Minnesota, USA): “Complex auditory processing through the lens of simultaneous subcortical and cortical sustained EEG responses
  • Dr. V. Easwar (The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada): “Speech-evoked envelope following responses as a hearing aid outcome measure
  • Prof. N. Kraus (Northwestern University, USA): “FFR to inform listening disorders in the clinic and the classroom
  • Dr. H. Bharadwaj (Massachusetts General Hospital, USA): “Factors contributing to EFR variability
  • Dr. L. Varghese (Boston University, USA): “Why your EFR experiment probably won’t work

All participants are invited to present their research in poster sessions. Abstracts must be received no later than March 15 2016. Notification of abstract acceptance/rejection will be made no later than April 10 2016. 

Registration fees are $50 for students and postdocs and $80 for all others. No registration fee refunds, either partial or in full, will be provided for any reason. Online registration is now available. Please make sure to register before May 10.

Participants who are interested can book their accommodation at the BU Overnight Accommodation.

The first edition of the workshop was held in 2014 in London (UK) and gathered around 50 people.

If you like to receive updates about the upcoming FFR workshop, please send an email to Axelle Calcus.

Looking forward to seeing you in Boston,


The organizing team:

Tim Schoof (Northwestern University), Axelle Calcus & Barbara Shinn-Cunningham (Boston University)