Jonathan Peelle, Northeastern Univeristy

Jonathan Peelle


Associate Professor

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Research Interests

Cognitive neuroscience, aging, hearing, speech, neuroscience of language


Dr. Peelle obtained a master’s degree in cognitive psychology and PhD in neuroscience from Brandeis University, with postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, England.

His research is centered on the psychological and neural basis for human communication, particularly in the interaction between sensory and cognitive, and social factors. Because of the central role of spoken language in our everyday lives, understanding contributors to speech comprehension can provide clues as to how we can maintain and improve communication success throughout our lives.

Selected Publications

Jones MS, Zhu Z, Bajracharya A, Luor A, Peelle JE (2022) A multi-dataset evaluation of frame censoring for motion correction in task-based fMRI. Aperture Neuro 2. doi:10.52294/ApertureNeuro.2022.2.NXOR2026

McLaughlin DJ, Zink M, Gaunt L, Spehar B, Van Engen KJ, Sommers MS, Peelle JE (2022) Pupillometry reveals cognitive demands of lexical competition during spoken word recognition in young and older adults. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review 29∶268– 280. doi:10.3758/s13423-021-01991-0 Preprint: doi:10.31234/

Peelle JE (2018) Listening effort: How the cognitive consequences of acoustic challenge are reflected in brain and behavior. Ear and Hearing 39∶204–214. doi:10.1097/AUD.0000000000000494

Peelle JE, Spehar B, Jones MS, McConkey S, Myerson J, Hale S, Sommers MS, Tye-Murray N (2022) Increased connectivity among sensory and motor regions during visual and audiovisual speech perception. Journal of Neuroscience 42∶435–442. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0114-21.2021

Sherafati A, Dwyer N, Bajracharya A, Hassanpour MS, Eggebrecht AT, Firszt JB, Cul- ver JP, Peelle JE (2022) Prefrontal cortex supports speech perception in listeners with cochlear implants. eLife 11:e75323. doi:10.7554/eLife.75323

Courses Taught

Bridging Minds: Introduction to Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Neuroscience of Language