Ariane E. Rhone

The University of Iowa

About Me

I am an Associate Research Scientist in the Human Brain Research Laboratory in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa.

My research focus is the cognitive neuroscience of speech and language processing. I use behavioral (psychophysics, eyetracking) and electrophysiological techniques(currently ECoG, with prior work in MEG and EEG) to investigate phonetic categorization, lexical access, and effects of extra-acoustic information (e.g., visual, contextual) on speech perception in adults and children (pediatric work with Brian Dlouhy, MD). I am also interested in the role of the anterior temporal lobes in human social and linguistic processes (e.g., memory, recall, and overt naming of unique entites).

My undergraduate degree is from the University of Kansas (BA, 2006) in Linguistics and in Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders. At Kansas, I worked with Allard Jongman, Joan Sereno,and Ed Auer. In 2011 I received my PhD in Linguistics from the University of Maryland, College Park (advised by Bill Idsardi and David Poeppel) where I studied the neuroscience of audiovisual speech perception. My postdoc at the University of Iowa focused on sensory and cognitive neuroscience with intracranial recordings; I was mentored by Matthew A. Howard III (Neurosurgery) and Bob McMurray (Psychological and Brain Sciences).


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Nourski, K. V., Steinschneider, M., Rhone, A. E., Kovach, C. K., Kawasaki, H., & Howard III, M. A. (2019). Differential responses to spectrally degraded speech within human auditory cortex: An intracranial electrophysiology study. Hearing Research, 371, 53-65.

Nourski, K. V., Steinschneider, M., Rhone, A. E., Kawasaki, H., Howard III, M. A., & Banks, M. I. (2018). Processing of auditory novelty across the cortical hierarchy: an intracranial electrophysiology study. NeuroImage, 183, 412-424.

Nourski, K. V., Steinschneider, M., Rhone, A. E., Kawasaki, H., Howard, M. A., & Banks, M. I. (2018). Auditory predictive coding across awareness states under anesthesia: An intracranial electrophysiology study. Journal of Neuroscience, 38(39), 8441-8452.

Nagahama Y., Kovach C.K., Ciliberto M., Joshi C., Rhone A.E., Vesole A., Gander P.E., Nourski K.V., Oya H., Kawasaki H., Howard M.A., Dlouhy B.J. (2018). Musicogenic epilepsy localizes to Heschl’s gyrus and superior temporal plane. Journal of Neurosurgery 129:157-164.

Nourski K.V., Banks M.I., Steinschneider M., Rhone A.E., Kawasaki H., Mueller R.N., Todd M.M., Howard M.A. III. (2017). Electrocorticographic delineation of human auditory cortical fields based on effects of propofol anesthesia. NeuroImage 152:78-93.

Nourski K.V., Steinschneider M., Rhone A.E., Howard M.A. (2017). Intracranial electrophysiology of auditory selective attention associated with speech classification tasks. Frontiers in Humam Neuroscience 10:691.

Kikuchi Y., Attaheri A., Wilson B., Rhone A.E., Nourski K.V., Gander P.E., Kovach C.K., Kawasaki H., Griffiths T.D., Howard M.A. III., Petkov C.I. (2017). Sequence learning modulates neural responses and oscillatory coupling in human and monkey auditory cortex. PLOS Biology 15:e2000219.

Abel, T.J., Rhone, A.E., Nourski, K.V., Ando, T.K., Oya, H., Kovach, C.K., Kawasaki, H., Howard, M.A. III, Tranel, D. (2016) Beta modulation reflects name retrieval in the human anterior temporal lobe: An intracranial recording study. Journal of Neurophysiology, 115(6):3052-3061.

Nourski, K.V., Steinschneider, M., Rhone, A.E. (2016) Electrocorticographic activation within human auditory cortex during dialogue-based language and cognitive testing. Frontiers in Humuman Neuroscience 10:202.

Rhone, A.E., Nourski, K.V., Oya, H., Kawasaki, H., Howard, M.A. III, McMurray, B (2016) Can you hear me yet? An intracranial investigation of speech and non-speech audiovisual interactions in human cortex. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 31(2):284:302.

Abel, T.J., Rhone, A.E., Nourski, K.V., Howard, M.A. III, Tranel, D. (2015) Investigating the Anterior Temporal Lobe With Direct Intracranial Recordings. Neurosurgery 62:185-189.

Nourski, K.V., Steinschneider, M., Rhone, A.E., Oya H., Kawasaki, H., Howard, MA., & McMurray B. (2015) Sound identification in human auditory cortex: Differential contribution of local field potentials and high gamma power as revealed by direct intracranial recordings. Brain and Language, 148:37-50.

Abel, T.J., Rhone, A.E., Nourski, K.V., Kawasaki, H., Oya, H., Griffiths, T., Howard III,M. A., Tranel, D.T. (2015) Direct Physiologic Evidence of a Heteromodal Convergence Region for Proper Naming in Human Left Anterior Temporal Lobe. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(4), 1513-1520.

Steinschneider, M., Nourski, K.V., Rhone, A.E., Kawasaki, H., Oya, H., & Howard III, M.A. (2014) Differential activation of human core, non-core and auditory-related cortex during speech categorization tasks as revealed by intracranial recordings. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 8.

Abel, T.J., Rhone, A.E., Nourski, K.V., Granner, M.A., Oya, H., Tranel, D.T., Kawasaki, H., & Howard III, M.A. (2014) Electrocorticographic monitoring of the temporal pole with a specialized electrode array: technique and preliminary results. Physiological Measurement, 35(3), 323-337.

Apfelbaum, K.S., Bullock-Rest, N., Rhone, A.E., Jongman, A., & McMurray, B. (2014) Contingent categorisation in speech perception. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29(9), 1070-1082.

Winn, M.B., Rhone, A.E., Chatterjee, M., & Idsardi, W.J. (2013) The use of auditory and visual context in speech perception by listeners with normal hearing and listeners with cochlear implants. Frontiers in Psychology, 4.

Rhone, A. E., & Jongman, A. (2012) Modified locus equations categorize stop place in a perceptually realistic time frame. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131(6), EL487-EL491.

Jenkins, J., Rhone, A. E., Idsardi, W. J., Simon, J. Z., & Poeppel, D. (2011) The Elicitation of Audiovisual Steady-State Responses: Multi-Sensory Signal Congruity and Phase Effects. Brain Topography, 24(2), 134-148.

Contact Me

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Ariane E. Rhone, PhD
Dept of Neurosurgery
1825 JPP
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Links: Human Brain Research Laboratory MAClab; find me on Research Gate