Gavin Bidelman

Dr. Gavin Bidelman, PhD

Assistant Professor Institute for Intelligent Systems and School of Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Memphis

Research Focus

My research interests are in the auditory and cognitive neurosciences. I am interested in how speech and music are encoded within the brain over various time courses. We use typical electrophysiological techniques (EEG/MEG) and imaging (fMRI) to investigate how linguistic and musically relevant sound features are encoded at both pre-attentive and cognitive levels of processing. One long-term goal of my research is to reveal how the influence of extensive experience (e.g., musical training) shapes the neural encoding of complex sounds such as speech and music. For example, can musical ability enhance the neural processing and subsequent perception of speech? Such questions have important implications for understanding the connections (or lack thereof) between the neural codes of language and music. In addition, the plasticity afforded by experience/training may offer important clinical benefit, e.g., it may counteract some of the negative declines that come with ageing or improve language function in individuals with language based disorders.


Title Source (Journal/Book/Conference) Authors/Presenters Published On Type
Musical Training Orchestrates Coordinated Neuroplasticity in Auditory Brainstem and Cortex to Counteract Age-Related Declines in Categorical Vowel Perception The Journal of Neuroscience Bidelman GM, Alain C 1421816400 Journal Article
Hierarchical neurocomputations underlying concurrent sound segregation: Connecting periphery to percept Neuropsychologia Bidelman GM, Alain C 1421125200 Journal Article
Coordinated plasticity in brainstem and auditory cortex contributes to enhanced categorical speech perception in musicians European Journal of Neuroscience Bidelman GM, Weiss MW, Moreno S, Alain C 1408420800 Journal Article
Age-related changes in the subcorticalecortical encoding and categorical perception of speech Neurobiology of aging Bidelman GM, Villafuerte JW, Moreno S, Alain C 1399694400 Journal Article
Brain signal variability as a window into the bidirectionality between music and language processing: Moving from a linear to a nonlinear model Frontiers in Psychology Hutka S, Bidelman GM, Moreno S 1388379600 Journal Article
Examining neural plasticity and cognitive benefit through the unique lens of musical training Hearing Research Moreno S, Bidelman GM 1380254400 Journal Article
Turning down the noise: The benefit of musical training on the aging auditory brain Hearing Research Alain C, Zendel BR, Hutka S, Bidelman GM 1373774400 Journal Article
Tracing the emergence of categorical speech perception in the human auditory system Neuroimage Bidelman GM, Moreno S, Alain C 1366862400 Journal Article
Age-related differences in the sequential organization of speech sounds Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Hutka SA, Alain C, Binns MA, Bidelman GM 1365739200 Journal Article
Tone language speakers and musicians share enhanced perceptual and cognitive abilities for musical pitch: Evidence for bidirectionality between the domains of language and music PLoS ONE Bidelman G, Hutka S, Moreno S 1364875200 Journal Article
Musical training strengthens the subcortical-cortical encoding and categorical perception of speech Bidelman GM, Weiss MW, Moreno S, Alain C 1360990800 Presentation
Experience-dependent plasticity in pitch encoding: from brainstem to auditory cortex Neuroreport Krishnan A, Gandour JT, Bidelman GM 1336536000 Journal Article
Linguistic status of timbre influences pitch encoding in the brainstem Neuroreport Krishnan A, Gandour JT, Ananthakrishnan S, Bidelman GM, Smalt CJ 1317787200 Journal Article
Musicians demonstrate experience-dependent brainstem enhancement of musical scale features within continuously gliding pitch Neuroscience Letters Bidelman GM, Gandour JT, Krishnan A 1316923200 Journal Article
Musicians and tone-language speakers share enhanced brainstem encoding but not perceptual benefits for musical pitch Brain and Cognition Bidelman GM, Gandour JT, Krishnan A 1314936000 Journal Article
Auditory-nerve responses predict pitch attributes related to musical consonance-dissonance for normal and impaired hearing Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Bidelman GM, Heinz MG 1314936000 Journal Article
Functional ear (a)symmetry in brainstem neural activity relevant to encoding of voice pitch: A precursor for hemispheric specialization? Brain and Language Krishnan A, Gandour JT, Ananthakrishnan S, Bidelman GM, Smalt CJ 1293858000 Journal Article
Cross-domain effects of music and language experience on the representation of pitch in the human auditory brainstem. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience Bidelman GM, Gandour JT, Krishnan A 1293858000 Journal Article
Enhanced brainstem encoding predicts musicians' perceptual advantages with pitch. The European Journal of Neuroscience Bidelman GM, Krishnan A, Gandour JT 1293858000 Journal Article
Songbirds tradeoff auditory frequency resolution and temporal resolution. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology Henry KS, Gall MD, Bidelman GM, Lucas JR 1293858000 Journal Article
Brainstem correlates of behavioral and compositional preferences of musical harmony. Neuroreport Bidelman GM, Krishnan A 1293858000 Journal Article
Language-dependent pitch encoding advantage in the brainstem is not limited to acceleration rates that occur in natural speech Brain and Language Krishnan A, Gandour JT, Smalt CJ, Bidelman GM 1285387200 Journal Article
Brainstem pitch representation in native speakers of Mandarin is less susceptible to degradation of stimulus temporal regularity. Brain Research Krishnan A, Gandour JT, Bidelman GM 1262322000 Journal Article
The effects of tone language experience on pitch processing in the brainstem. Journal of Neurolinguistics Krishnan A, Gandour JT, Bidelman GM 1262322000 Journal Article
Neural representation of pitch salience in the human brainstem revealed by psychophysical and electrophysiological indices. Hearing Research Krishnan A, Bidelman GM, Gandour JT 1262322000 Journal Article
Effects of reverberation on brainstem representation of speech in musicians and non-musicians. Brain Research Bidelman GM, Krishnan A 1262322000 Journal Article
Experience-dependent neural representation of dynamic pitch in the brainstem. Neuroreport Krishnan A, Gandour JT, Bidelman GM, Swaminathan J 1230786000 Journal Article
Neural correlates of consonance, dissonance, and the hierarchy of musical pitch in the human brainstem. The Journal of Neuroscience Bidelman GM, Krishnan A 1230786000 Journal Article


  • 2011: Ph.D., Hearing Science, Purdue University W. Lafayette, IN, USA
  • 2007: B.S., Sound Engineering, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • 2007: B.M., Music Theory, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Academic Appointments



  • Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Psychology of Music
  • Music Perception
  • Cognition,
  • 2008–Present: Brain & Language
  • 2008–Present: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2008–Present: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • 2008–Present: Psychophysiology,
  • 2008–Present: International Journal of Audiology

Editorial Board

  • 2010–Present: Ear & Hearing (Assistant to the Section Editor (Auditory Neuroscience: Central))

Distinctions and Awards

  • 2011: Ismail Interdisciplinary Doctoral Research Travel Award, Purdue University
  • 2010: Robert L. Ringel Research Award, Purdue University

Research Projects


  • 2008–2010: Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (T32 DC 00030)
    Institutions: Purdue University

    Sponsors: NIDCD-NIH

  • 2012–2013: The impact of music on speech processing in older adults
    Collaborators: Claude Alain, Sylvain Moreo

    Sponsors: GRAMMY Foundation, 20,000 (USD)

    Research Grant


    Curriculum Vitae


    Rotman Research Institute
    Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
    3560 Bathurst Street
    Toronto, ON, Canada, M6A 2E1 Email: