Jens Kreitewolf

Academic title(s): 

Faculty Lecturer


Contact Information:


Office: 2001 McGill College, 702
Phone: 514.398.6129
Email: jens.kreitewolf[at]


Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology
2001 McGill College, 7th floor
Montreal, QC
H3A 1G1


Jens Kreitewolf


Jens Kreitewolf received both his B.Sc. (2007) and M.Sc. in Psychology (2009) from Ruhr University Bochum (Germany). In 2014, he received a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in Psychology from Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany) for his work on neural and behavioral interactions in the processing of speech and speaker information. Before his current, Dr. Kreitewolf was a postdoctoral fellow at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research, BRAMS (2016) and the University of Lübeck (2017-2020).

Research Areas:

Quantitative & Modelling | Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience

Research Summary:

My research focuses on the auditory system and its ability to solve everyday listening tasks, such as accomplishing robust speech comprehension under adverse listening conditions. I am particularly interested in an important yet often-overlooked aspect of speech comprehension—the human voice. How do normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners use acoustic voice features to navigate at the “cocktail party? How does familiarity with a talker’s voice help speech comprehension? To tackle these questions, I use advanced methods of psychophysics and neuroimaging.

Selected References:

Lavan, N.*, Kreitewolf, J.*, Obleser, J., & McGettigan, C. (2021). Familiarity and task context shape the use of acoustic information in voice identity perception. Cognition, 215, 104780. — *joint first authors

Kreitewolf, J., Wöstmann, M., Tune, S., Plöchl, M., & Obleser, J. (2019). Working-memory disruption by task-irrelevant talkers depends on degree of talker familiarity. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 81(4), 1108–1118.

Kreitewolf, J., Mathias, S. R., Trapeau, R., Obleser, J., & Schönwiesner, M. (2018). Perceptual grouping in the cocktail party: Contributions of voice-feature continuity. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144(4), 2178–2188.

Kreitewolf, J., Mathias. S. R., & von Kriegstein, K. (2017). Implicit Talker Training Improves Comprehension of Auditory Speech in Noise. Frontiers in Psychology 8:1584.

Kreitewolf, J., Friederici, A. D., & von Kriegstein, K. (2014). Hemispheric lateralization of linguistic prosody recognition in comparison to speech and speaker recognition. NeuroImage, 102(2), 332–344.

Kreitewolf, J., Gaudrain, E., & von Kriegstein, K. (2014). A neural mechanism for recognizing speech spoken by different speakers. NeuroImage, 91, 375–385.

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