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Steven Jeffrey Eliades

Associate Professor of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences
Otology, Neurotology & Skull Base Surgery
DUMC Box 3805, Durham, NC 27710
Bryan 427F, Durham, NC 27710


Research in my group focuses on the neural basis of vocal communication.  Communication is a dynamic process that encompasses both production and perception, occurring in an interactive and contextually-dependent fashion.  We approach this both through basic scientific model systems and through parallel experiments in human subjects, including patients with hearing and communication disorders.  We are particularly interested in questions of vocal self-monitoring, that is, how do you hear yourself when you speak, how does your brain process that information differently than others sound you might hear, and how do you use this to help you control your voice.  We also have interests in sensory processing in naturalistic environments, and how the brain encodes sound differently than when listening in more traditional laboratory testing.  We are also interested in the role of social context and decision making in animal communication.  Finally, we use comparative approaches to determine how these processes are conserved between animals and humans, and how they are affected by hearing loss and other disorders of vocal communication.

In addition to my research lab, I am a clinician-scientist and Otolaryngologists, with a focus in diseases of the ear, hearing, and balance (Otology).  As part of this role, I have research interests in cochlear implants, in particular the learning and plasticity that affects implant outcome.  I also collaborate with other clinicians and investigators to apply quantitative analysis to understanding and categorizing disorders of hearing and balance.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences · 2023 - Present Otology, Neurotology & Skull Base Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences
Associate Professor of Neurobiology · 2022 - Present Neurobiology, Basic Science Departments
Member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience · 2022 - Present Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine · 2008 MD./PhD.
Johns Hopkins University · 1999 B.S.