Anahita Mehta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery


Dr. Anahita Mehta received her BSc in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology at the University of Mumbai. She completed her MSc in Audiological Science at University College London and her PhD in Auditory Neuroscience at University College London, UK in 2015. She did her postdoctoral training at the University of Minnesota. In 2019, after completing her training, she continued at the University of Minnesota as a research associate.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Mehta’s research focuses on the perception and neural representation of pitch and its various properties in normal-hearing listeners as well as understanding the limitations of pitch perception in cochlear implants (CI). She uses behavioral and neurophysiological measures (EEG and fMRI) to probe the neural encoding of pitch, especially in adverse listening conditions. Her research also investigates the value of conveying pitch using visual cues incorporated in closed captioning for listeners with CI. Dr. Mehta’s postdoctoral work has shown that accurate pitch perception is not feasible in modern day CI and aims to explore multisensory cues that could assist melody perception in CI. Her third line of research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms of adaptation and context effects in the auditory system. Her postdoctoral work has established the neural correlates of auditory contrast effects in normal hearing individuals.

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