Intentional control of shifting auditory selective attention, funded by the DFG

  • Funding agency: German Research Foundation, DFG
  • Applicants: Prof. Dr. Iring Koch, Institute for Psychology, and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Janina Fels, Institute for Technical Acoustics
  • Responsible staff member: M.Sc. Julia Seibold
  • Duration: 36 months, 2016-2019


The aim of this joint project of Technical Acoustics and Cognitive Psychology is the study of auditory selective attention. Traditional studies for selective listening have usually used either subjective perceptual impressions, threshold detection, or so-called offline memory measurements.

In contrast, in this project a newly developed experimental paradigm is used to detect so-called online performance measurements such as reaction times and error rates related to selective attention in an auditory categorization task. From a cognitive psychology perspective, the mechanisms of the intentional shifting of auditory attention are investigated with the method of dichotic presentation.

Selected references

Koch, I. & Lawo, V. (2014a). Exploring temporal dissipation of attention settings in auditory task switching. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 76, 73-80. doi: 10.3758/s13414-013-0571-5

Koch, I. & Lawo, V. (2014b). The flip side of the auditory spatial selection benefit: Larger attentional mixing costs for target selection by ear than by gender in auditory task switching. Experimental Psychology. doi:10.1027/1618-3169/a000274 (online first publication)

Lawo, V., Fels, J., Oberem, J., & Koch, I. (2014). Intentional attention switching in dichotic listening: Exploring the efficiency of nonspatial and spatial selection. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. doi:10.1080/17470218.2014.898079 (online first publication)

Lawo, V. & Koch, I. (2014a). Attention and action: The role of response mappings in auditory attention switching. (under revision)

Lawo, V. & Koch, I. (2014b). Dissociable effects of auditory attention switching and stimulus-response compatibility. Psycholocial Research [Special Issue Auditory Attention], 78, 379-386. doi: 10.1007/s00426-014-0545-9

Lawo, V. & Koch, I. (2014c). Examining age-related differences in auditory attention control using a task-switching procedure. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 69, 237-244. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbs107

Oberem, J., Lawo, V., Koch, I., & Fels, J. (2014). Intentional switching in auditory selective attention: Exploring different binaural reproduction methods in an anechoic chamber. Acta Acustica united with Acustica. (in press)

Koch, I., Lawo, V., Fels, J., & Vorländer, M. (2011). Switching in the cocktail party: Exploring intentional control of auditory selective attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 1140-1147. doi:10.1037/a0022189

Fels, J., Vorländer, M., Horn, J., Dott, W., Koch, I., & Lawo, V. (2010). Einfluss von Lärm auf die Gesundheit von Kindern. Lärmbekämpfung, 4, 157-158.