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Shigeyuki Kuwada, Ph.D.

Professor of Neuroscience
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3401
Phone: 860-679-2343
Fax: 860-679-8766

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Kuwada Lab Page

B.S.Brigham Young UniversityPsychology
M.S.San Diego State CollegePsychology (Exp.)
Ph.D.University of CincinnatiPsychology (Exp.)

Post-Graduate Training
PostdoctoralUniversity of Wisconsin Medical SchoolNeurophysiology
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
NIDCD Study sections for R03, F31, F32, and training grantsStudy SectionAdhoc memberExternalNational2002
NIH Communication Disorders Review CommitteeStudy SectionMemberExternalNational19982001
NIH Biopsychology Study Section.Study SectionMemberExternalNational19931996
NIH Biopsychology Study SectionStudy SectionMemberExternalNational19831987
Physiology and anatomy of the mammalian auditory system. A primary focus of our research is to understand the neural basis of binaural hearing. To accomplish this goal, we have measured the acoustic signals in the ear canal of rabbits to a sound source that varies in the horizontal plane (azimuth) and in distance. These measurements are conducted in different environments (echo-free, moderately reverberant, and highly reverberant rooms). We then play sounds filtered through these acoustic measurements to create virtual acoustic space (VAS) sounds. The neural response to these VAS sounds are then recorded to determine the spatial tuning of a neuron. The VAS method allows an efficient way to vary azimuth and distance in different acoustic environments. Another strength of VAS method is that binaural and monaural cues can be altered to determine what cues drive the spatial tuning of a neuron. Currently, our focus is on neurons in the inferior colliculus, a major auditory structure in the midbrain.

Not accepting students for Lab Rotations at this time

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Speech coding in the midbrain:Effects of sensorineural hearing loss
    Carney, Laurel H. Kim, Duck O. Kuwada, Shigeyuki Physiology, Psychoacoustics and Cognition in Normal and Impaired Hearing 2016 Mar;363-370
  • The Superior Olivary Complex.
    Kuwada, S. and Yin, T.C.T. Translational Perspectives in Auditory Neuroscience: Normal Aspects of Hearing (Book 1). 2012 Jan;161-184
  • Binaural localization cues.
    Yin, TCT and Kuwada, S. Oxford University Press Handbook of Auditory Science, Volume 2. The Auditory Brain 2010 Jan;271-302
  • Binaural and Spatial Coding in the Inferior Colliculus.
    Palmer, A.R., Kuwada, S. The Inferior Colliculus 2005 Jan;377-410
  • Neural Processing of Binaural Temporal Cues.
    Kuwada, S., Batra, R., Fitzpatrick, D.C. Binaural and Spatial Hearing 1997 Jan;399-425
  • Physiological studies of directional hearing.
    Kuwada, S., Yin, T.C.T. Directional Hearing 1987 Jan;146-176
  • Neuronal mechanisms of binaural interaction.
    Yin, T.C.T. and Kuwada, S. Dynamic Aspects of Neocortical Function 1984 Jan;263-314
  • Binaural interaction in the cat inferior colliculus: comparison of the physiological data with a computer simulated model.
    Sujaku, Y., Kuwada, S.,Yin, T.C.T. Neural Mechanism of Hearing 1981 Jan;233-238
  • Binaural interaction in the cat inferior colliculus: physiology and anatomy.
    Kuwada, S., Yin, T.C.T., Haberly, L.B. Wickesberg, R.E. Psychophysical, Physiological, and Behavioral Studies in Hearing 1980 Jan;401-411

Conference Papers

  • Acoustic modulation transfer functions for human listeners in anechoic and reverberant environments.
    Kim DO, Kuwada S, Bishop B, Zahorik P. 2012 Jan;
  • Amplitude modulated frequency response during acute cocaine intoxication in rabbits.
    O'Connor, S; Kuwada, S; DePalma, N; Stanford, T; Tasman, A NIDA research monograph 1989 Jan;95(95):331-2
  • Structural components of binaural information processing in the auditory midbrain. Physiology and anatomy of HRP-injected cells in the cat and gerbil.
    Oliver D.L., Kuwada S., Batra R., Stanford T.R., Henkel C. 1986 Jan;121271