Neural Entrainment and Attentional Selection in the Listening Brain

Jonas Obleser*, Christoph Kayser

*Corresponding author for this work
33 Citations (Scopus)


The streams of sounds we typically attend to abound in acoustic regularities. Neural entrainment is seen as an important mechanism that the listening brain exploits to attune to these regularities and to enhance the representation of attended sounds. We delineate the neurophysiology underlying this mechanism and review entrainment alongside its more pragmatic signature, often called ‘speech tracking’. The latter has become a popular analytical approach to trace the reflection of acoustic and linguistic information at different levels of granularity, from neurophysiology to neuroimaging. As we discuss, the concept of entrainment offers both a putative neurophysiological mechanism for selective listening and a versatile window onto the neural basis of hearing and speech comprehension.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)913-926
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 11.2019

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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