Liberty Hamilton

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Department of Neurology at Dell Medical School

liberty.hamilton@austin.utexas.edu

Liberty Hamilton is an Assistant Professor at UT, jointly appointed by the Department of Neurology and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The goal of her lab is to investigate how the human brain processes speech and other natural sounds, and how sound representations change during development and as a result of learning and plasticity. Her research incorporates multi-site in vivo electrophysiological recordings in patients with epilepsy with computational modeling analyses to address how low-level features of sounds are transformed into meaningful words and sentences. Modeling and computational techniques include linearized models and neural network models of simultaneously recorded local field potential data, unsupervised learning of neural population response structure, and software development for topics relevant to electrocorticography (e.g. electrode localization from CT and MRI scans). Liberty Hamilton received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley under Dr. Shaowen Bao, where she combined optogenetics and computational models to describe functional interactions within and across layers of the auditory cortex. As an NRSA-funded postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, she worked with Dr. Edward Chang to study speech perception using intracranial recordings in adults. She is a co-director of the NeuroComm laboratory within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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