Sean R Mills

Sean R Mills
University of Southampton · Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR)

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I'm a psychophysicist and sensory neuroscientist at the Insitute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton. My PhD research is on tactile neuroscience and developing psychophysical methods for the diagnosis of impaired touch perception. I also research multi-modal approaches to improving cochlear implant listening as part of the Electro-haptics project.
Additional affiliations
January 2016 - January 2019
University of Southampton
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
January 2016 - March 2020
University of Southampton
Field of study
  • Neuroscience
October 2011 - July 2014
University of Oxford
Field of study
  • Experimental Psychology

Publications

Publications (7)
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Many cochlear implant (CI) users achieve excellent speech understanding in acoustically quiet conditions, but most perform poorly in the presence of background noise. An important contributor to this poor speech-in-noise performance is the limited transmission of low-frequency sound information through CIs. Recent work has suggested that tactile pr...
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Cochlear implant (CI) users receive only limited sound information through their implant, which means that they struggle to understand speech in noisy environments. Recent work has suggested that combining the electrical signal from the CI with a haptic signal that provides crucial missing sound information (“electro-haptic stimulation”; EHS) could...
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Cochlear implants (CIs) have enabled hundreds of thousands of profoundly hearing-impaired people to perceive sounds by electrically stimulating the auditory nerve. However, CI users are often very poor at locating sounds, which leads to impaired sound segregation and threat detection. We provided missing spatial hearing cues through haptic stimulat...
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Cochlear implant (CI) users receive only limited sound information through their implant, which means that they struggle to understand speech in noisy environments. Recent work has suggested that combining the electrical signal from the CI with a haptic signal that provides crucial missing sound information (“electro-haptic stimulation”; EHS) could...
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The perception of fine textures is believed to depend on the encoding of high frequency vibration by the Pacinian (PC) channel. However, the rapidly-adapting (RA) channel may also be able to encode the frequency of vibration. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the ability to perceive changes in the frequency of 100-Hz vibration at the...
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A full understanding of the relationship between the physics of vibration and the perception of vibration, vibrotactile psychophysics, would be a powerful tool. However, vibration perception is complex: vibrations are perceived more easily at some frequencies than at others and the perception of vibration varies with contactor size, body location,...
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Thresholds for the perception of vibration at the hand are measured for diagnostic and research purposes but thresholds are limited in what they indicate about tactile perception. This review discusses the conceptual and methodological limitations in using thresholds to understand the information processing systems which underlie the perception of...

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