Gavin M. Bidelman, Ph.D.

Gavin M. Bidelman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

4055 N. Park Loop, Room 3035
Office Hours
By appointment

About Gavin Bidelman

Dr. Bidelman joined the faculty in 2012. Dr. Bidelman directs the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory located in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Memphis. The lab uses a multifaceted approach to study the neural encoding of complex sound (e.g., speech and music) at both pre-attentive and cognitive levels of brain processing. Methods include a coordinated blend of auditory evoked potentials (AEPs), psychoacoustics, and computational modeling. Current lab projects are focused on understanding the neurocomputations involved in generating basic psychoacoustic phenomena and during complex music/speech listening. A special focus of the lab is to better understanding the connection between neuroelectric brain activity elicited by auditory events and human behavior. Complementary work examines how different listening experiences and/or training (e.g., music lessons, bilingualism) influence an individual's auditory skills and how these benefits might transfer to improve seemingly unrelated cognitive abilities. We are particularly interested in how musical training improves speech- and language-related skills.


  • Ph.D. Hearing Science - Purdue University - 2011
  • B.S. Sound Engineering - University of Michigan - 2007
  • B.M. Music Theory - University of Michigan - 2007



Assistant Professor, Institute for Intelligent Systems - University of Memphis - 2012-present
Assistant Professor, School of Communication, Sciences, & Disorders - University of Memphis - 2012-present
Postdoctoral Fellow, Rotman Research Institute - Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care - 2011-2012
NIH Predoctoral Fellow, Department of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences - Purdue University - 2008-2011

Honors and Awards

Sigma Xi (elected full member) - - 2012
Ismail Interdisciplinary Doctoral Research Travel Award - Purdue University - 2011
Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship - Purdue University - 2010-2011
Robert L. Ringel Research Award - Purdue University - 2010
Weinburg Research Award - Purdue University - 2010
Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences Alumni & Friends Scholarship - Purdue University - 2008-2009
NIDCD/NIH Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (T32 DC 00030) - - 2008 – 2010
Ross Fellowship, Purdue University - - 2007 – 2008

Research and Scholarly Activities

Research Interests

Brainstem and cortical auditory evoked potentials,  Experience-dependent auditory neural plasticity and perceptual learning,  Neural correlates of psychoacoustic, speech/music, and auditory scene analysis phenomena, Cognitive and perceptual transfer effects between music and language processing,  Computational modeling of normal and impaired peripheral auditory nerve physiology


See CV.


Coming soon.



  • PI. "Minimizing noise-induced hearing loss with musicianship" - GRAMMY Foundation - $20,000 - 5/14 - 4/16
  • PI. "Central neurophysiological markers underlying speech-in-noise perception" - American Academy of Audiology Foundation - $10,000 - 5/14 - 5/15
  • PI. "Central neurophysiological markers underlying degraded speech recognition" - American Hearing Research Foundation - $20,000 - 1/14–12/14
  • PI. "The impact of music on speech processing in older adults" - GRAMMY Foundation - $20,000 - 2011-2012
  • Co-PI. (PI: Sunghee Tak, UofM School of Nursing). "Therapeutic Computer-Assisted Stimulating Activity in Dementia" - Grant-in-aid from the FedEx Institute of Technology, University of Memphis - $129,629 - 1/14–12/16


  • University of Memphis - Van Fleet Doctoral Fellowship Selection Committee - 2015
  • University of Memphis - Appointments Committee - (Chair, 2014-present)
  • University of Memphis - IIS Strategic Planning Committee - 2014 - present
  • University of Memphis - HIPAA Implementation/Review Committee - (2014 - present)
  • University of Memphis - CSD Library Committee - (Chair 2013 – present)
  • University of Memphis - Website Oversight Committee - (2012-present)
  • University of Memphis - Future Planning Task Force Committee - (2013 – 2014)
  • University of Memphis - Audiology Subcommittee - (2012 – present)
  • University of Memphis - PhD Program Policies Committee - (2012 – present)
  • Editorial Assistant, Ear & Hearing - - 2010-present
  • Session Chair, "Music Therapy & Cognitive Processing," Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC 2013), Toronto, ON, Canada, August 11, 2013.
  • Program Committee, Society for Music Perception and Cognition Annual Meeting (SMPC 2015), Nashville TN, 2015.
  • Session Chair, "Publishing & Grant Applications," ARO student mentoring session, 37th Annual meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, San Diego, CA, February 2014.
  • Session Chair, "Young Investigator Symposium: Computational Modeling," 38th Annual meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Baltimore, MD, February 2015.
  • Ad hoc Journal Reviewer - American Journal of Psychology Applied Psycholinguistics Biomedical Signal Processing & Control Brain & Cognition Brain & Language Brain Research Brain Topography Cerebral Cortex Cognition Cognitive Science Ear & Hearing European Journal of Neuroscience Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Hearing Research International Journal of Audiology Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience Journal of Memory and Language Journal of Neuroscience Journal of the Acoustical Society of America JoVE - 2008 - present
  • Ad hoc Journal Reviewer - J. Association for Research in Otolaryngology Medical Principles and Practice Memory & Cognition Music Perception NeuroImage Neuropsychologia NeuroReport Neuroscience Letters Physiological Research PLoS One Psychology of Music Psychophysiology - 2008-present
  • Grant Reviewer - National Science Foundation, USA Graduate Women in Science, USA Medical Research Council (MRC), UK Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), UK -
  • Scholarship Reviewer - American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship - 2013