Gavin M. Bidelman, Ph.D.

Gavin M. Bidelman, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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

About Gavin Bidelman

Dr. Bidelman has been a member of the faculty since 2012. He 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 neuroimaging and data science approach (EEG/ERPs, psychophysics, computational modeling, machine learning) to investigate foundational problems in auditory perception and cognition. The work includes elements of both basic research and clinically motivated inquiry. Lab studies proceed on three main fronts: (1) understanding the neurocomputations involved in the perception-cognition and novel learning of speech and musical sounds—with current emphasis on auditory categorization; (2) a neuroethological approach characterizing the upper bounds of brain plasticity via study of listeners with extraordinary auditory expertise (e.g., musicians, bilinguals); and translational work (3) examining changes in neurophysiological coding across the lifespan in both normal and clinical populations (hard of hearing, mild cognitive impairment). The lab is funded by the NIH/NIDCD.


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



Full Professor, Institute for Intelligent Systems - University of Memphis - 2021-present
Full Professor, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders - University of Memphis - 2021-present
Associate Professor, Institute for Intelligent Systems - University of Memphis - 2018-2021
Associate Professor, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders - University of Memphis - 2018-2021
Faculty Affiliate, U. Tennessee Health Sciences, Dept. Anatomy & Neurobiology 2016
Assistant Professor, Institute for Intelligent Systems - University of Memphis - 2012-2018
Assistant Professor, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders - University of Memphis - 2012-2018
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 (selected)

  • PI Millionaire, University of Memphis – 2020
  • Early Career Research Award (ECRA), University of Memphis - 2016
  • Eye of the Tiger Award, University of Memphis Alumni Association - 2018
  • Ismail Interdisciplinary Doctoral Research Award, Purdue University - 2011
  • Robert L. Ringel Research Award, Purdue University - 2010

Research and Scholarly Activities

Research Interests

Neuroimaging of auditory perception/cognition in normal and hearing-impaired systems; experience-dependent plasticity; “cocktail party” listening; cognitive aging; individual differences in hearing skills; brainstem and cortical ERPs/EEG; hierarchical neurocomputation; neurobiology of music/language




  1. Co-I (PI: Claude Alain, Rotman Research Inst., Toronto). “The impacts of hearing aid use on auditory cognition: A functional connectivity analysis,” William Demant Foundation (Denmark), 8/20–7/23, $166,000 (USD).
  2. PI. “Neuroimaging biomarkers of speech processing deficits in Mild Cognitive Impairments,” National Institutes of Health (NIDCD/NIA) R01DC01626703-S1 (Supplement), 6/20–5/21, $296,259.
  3. Faculty Sponsor (PI: Kelsey Mankel, PhD student). “Neural bases of successful auditory learning,” NIH/NIDCD F31 Predoctoral NSRA Fellowship, 6/20–5/22, $91,040
  4. PI. “Neural dynamics underlying the emergence of auditory categorization and learning,” National Institutes of Health (NIDCD) R01DC016267, 5/18–4/23, $1,879,543.
  5. Co-I (PI: Miriam van Mersbergen).  “Health for Artists,” University of Memphis Communities of Research Scholars (CoRS) Program (intramural), 11/19-10/20, $2,500.


AUSP 8118 – Electrophysiologic Assessment of the Auditory System
AUSP 8001 – Psychoacoustics
AUSP 7130/8130 – Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) and Scientific Ethics
AUSP 8017 – Digital Signal Processing for Speech/Hearing
PSYC/COMP/PHIL 7514/8514 – Cognitive Science Seminar (rotating topics)