Eric Larson's Homepage Since 1984



I study the brain

And like signal processing

Research Interests

I study the neural mechanisms that underlie auditory attention and recognition, and develop of tools for scientific research. For more information on my current work, please visit the homepage for LABSN, where I am currently a research scientist.

See also my Github page to view some of the software packages I have been working on.


2011: PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Boston University.

2009: MS in Biomedical Engineering. Boston University.

2006: B.A. Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy (each with honors), summa cum laude. Kalamazoo College.

Peer-reviewed articles

  1. McLaughlin, SA, Larson E, Lee AKC (in press). “Neural Switch Asymmetry in Feature-Based Auditory Attention Tasks.” The Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.
  2. McCloy D, Larson E, Lee AKC (2018). “Auditory attention switching with listening difficulty: Behavioral and pupillometric measures.” The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
  3. Lee AKC, Larson E, Miller CW (2018). “Effects of hearing loss on maintaining and switching attention.” Acta Acustica united with Acustica.
  4. Jas M, Larson E, Engemann DA, Leppäkangas J, Taulu S, Hämäläinen M, Gramfort A (2018). “A reproducible MEG/EEG group study with the MNE software: recommendations, quality assessments and good practices.” Forntiers in Neuroscience: Brain Imaging Methods.
  5. Larson E, Taulu S (2017). “Reducing sensor noise in MEG and EEG recordings using oversampled temporal projection.” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.
  6. McCloy D, Lau B, Larson E, Pratt K, & Lee AKC (2017). “Pupillometry shows the effort of auditory attention switching” The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 141:2440-2451.
  7. Larson E & Taulu S (2017). “The importance of properly compensating for head movements during MEG acquisition across different age groups” Brain Topography 30:172-181.
  8. Wronkiewicz, M, Larson E, & Lee AKC (2016). “Incorporating modern neuroscience findings to improve brain-computer interfaces: tracking auditory attention” Journal of Neural Engineering 13:056017.
  9. McCloy D, Larson E, Lau B, & Lee AKC (2016). “Temporal alignment of pupillary response with stimulus events via deconvolution” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 139:EL57-EL62.
  10. Engemann D, Strohmeier D, Larson E, and Gramfort A (2015). “Mind the noise covariance when localizing brain sources with M/EEG” International Workshop on Pattern Recognition in NeuroImaging (PRNI), Stanford, CA.
  11. Wronkiewicz M, Larson E, Lee AKC (2015). “Leveraging anatomical information to improve transfer learning in brain-computer interfaces” Journal of Neural Engineering.
  12. Larson E, Maddox RK, Lee AKC (2014). “Improving spatial localization in MEG inverse imaging by leveraging intersubject anatomical differences” Frontiers in Neuroscience doi: 10.3389/fnins.2014.00330
  13. Larson E, Lee AKC (2014). “Potential use of MEG to understand abnormalities in auditory function in clinical populations” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00151
  14. Larson E, Lee AKC (2014). “Switching auditory attention using spatial and non-spatial features recruits different cortical networks” Neuroimage.
  15. Gramfort A, Luessi M, Larson E, Engemann DA, Strohmeier D, Brodbeck C, Goj R, Jas M, Brooks T, Parkkonen L, Hämäläinen M (2013). “MEG and EEG data analysis with MNE-Python” Front. Neurosci 7:267
  16. Gramfort A, Luessi M, Larson E, Engemann DA, Strohmeier D, Brodbeck C, Parkkonen L, Hämäläinen MS (2014). “MNE software for processing MEG and EEG data” NeuroImage 86:446-460.
  17. Lee AKC, Larson E, Maddox RK, Shinn-Cunningham BG (2013). “Using neuroimaging to understand the cortical mechanisms of auditory selective attention” Hearing Research.
  18. Thorpe E, Larson E, and Stepp CE (2013). “Combined auditory and vibrotactile feedback for human-machine-interface control” IEEE TNSRE.
  19. Larson E and Lee AKC (2013). “Influence of preparation time and pitch separation in switching of auditory attention between streams” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 134:EL165-EL171.
  20. Larson E, Terry HP, Canevari MM, and Stepp CE (2013). “Categorical vowel perception enhances the effectiveness and generalization of auditory feedback in human-machine-interfaces” PLoS One 8:e59860.
  21. Lee AKC, Rajaram, Xia J, Bharadwaj H, Larson E, Hämäläinen MS, and Shinn-Cunningham BG (2013). “Auditory selective attention reveals preparatory activity in different cortical regions for selection based on source location and source pitch,” Frontiers in Neuroscience 6:190.
  22. Larson E, and Lee AKC (2013). “The cortical dynamics underlying effective switching of auditory spatial attention,” Neuroimage 64:365-370.
  23. Lee AKC, Larson E, and Maddox RK (2013). “Mapping cortical dynamics using simultaneous MEG/EEG and anatomically-constrained minimum-norm estimates - an auditory attention example,” Journal of Visualized Experiments e4262.
  24. Larson E, Terry HP, Stepp CP (2012). “Audio-visual feedback for electrymyographic control of vowel synthesis,” In 2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), p. 3600-3603.
  25. Larson E, AKC Lee (2011). “Toward incorporating anatomical information in BCI designs,” 5th International BCI Conference 2011 (Conference paper) Graz, Austria.
  26. Larson E, Maddox RK, Perrone BP, Sen K, and Billimoria CP (2011). “Neuron-specific stimulus masking reveals interference in spike timing at the cortical level,” JARO 13:81-89.
  27. Larson E, Perrone BP, Sen K, and Billimoria CP (2010). “A robust and biologically plausible spike pattern recognition network,” J Neurosci 30:15566-15572.
  28. Larson E, Billimoria CP, and Sen K (2009). “A biologically plausible computational model for auditory object recognition,” J Neurophysiol 101:323-331.
  29. Shinn-Cunningham BG, Ihelfeld A, Larson E and Satyavarta (2005). “Bottom-up and top-down influences on spatial unmasking,” Acta Acustica united with Acustica 91:967-979.

Grants and awards
  • 2013: Extramural LRP Award from NIDCD
  • 2012: F32 Fellowship from NIDCD
  • 2011: Seed grant from the UW NSF Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
  • 2011: T32 Fellowship on the University of Washington Otolaryngology training grant
  • 2007: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2006: Boston University Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Fellowship
  • 2006: Phi Beta Kappa - Liberal arts honor society
  • 2003: Connable Scholarship - Four-year award, given to the one member of each rising sophomore class at Kalamazoo College (K) who demonstrates the most promise for continued studies in the sciences.
  • 2003: First (Second, Third)-Year Mathematics Award - given to the rising sophomore (junior, senior) at K who demonstrates the most promise for continued studies in mathematics
  • 2003: First-Year Physics Award - given to the rising sophomore at K who demonstrates the most promise for continued studies in physics
  • 2003: First-Year Philosophy Award - given to the rising sophomore at K who demonstrates the most promise for continued studies in philosophy
  • 2002: Alpha Lambda Delta - freshman honor society member.
  • 2002: Kalamazoo College Honors Scholarship - competitive four-year award.
  • 2001: National Honors Society Scholarship - four-year award.

  • Research Scientist (2014-Present)
    Working with Dr. Samu Taulu and Dr. Adrian KC Lee to develop novel analysis methods and neuroscience experiments.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (2011-2014)
    Worked with Dr. Adrian KC Lee looking at mechanisms of auditory attention using M/EEG imaging and auditory psychophysics.

  • BE401 Signals and Systems T.F. (2009, 2010)
    Assisted teaching junior-level undergraduate course in Signals and Systems. Held four discussion sections every other week and developed material for an hour-long lab course once every other week.

  • BE402 Control Systems T.F. (2008)
    Assisted teaching junior-level undergraduate course in Control Systems one semester. Held a 40-to-60-person discussion section once per week.

  • MA362/365 Probability/Statistics T.A. (2006)
    T.A. senior-level mathematics courses.

  • Math Center Supervisor: Kalamazoo College (2005-2006)
    Ran and supervised the Math Center; tutored math students at Kalamazoo College in all levels of mathematics.

  • REU Research: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn (2005 Summer)
    Physics of music, data acquisition, and digital signal processing research with Dr. Steve Errede.

  • REU Research: Boston University (2004 Summer)
    Binaural hearing research conducted with Barbara Shinn-Cunningham.

  • Physics Lab TA: Kalamazoo College (2003 Fall)
    Helped run and instruct introductory phyiscs labs.

  • Test Engineer Intern: Johnson Controls (2003 Summer)
    Engineering of car seat validation metrics and techniques at Johnson Controls.

  • Math Consultant: Kalamazoo College (2002-2005)
    Tutored math students at Kalamazoo College in all levels of mathematics at the Math Center.

  • Thai Language - February 2005, tested at the level of "Advanced" in Thai language conversation proficiency