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In Press and 2015

  • Kirman, J.*, Tierney, A.*, Fitzroy, A., Skoe, E., Amar, J. & Kraus, N. (2015). Continued maturation of auditory brainstem function during adolescence: a longitudinal approach. Clinical Neurophysiology. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2015.01.026 * these authors contributed equally.
  • Woodruff-Carr, K., White-Schwoch, T., Tierney, A. & Kraus, N. (2015). Beat synchronization predicts neural speech encoding and reading readiness in preschoolers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, 14559-14564.


  • Tierney, A. & Kraus, N. (2014). Auditory-motor entrainment and phonological skills: precise auditory timing hypothesis (PATH). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8, 949.
  • Tierney, A., Strait, D.L. & Kraus, N. (2014). Resting gamma power is linked to reading ability in adolescents. Developmental Science, 17, 86-93.
  • Tierney, A. & Kraus, N. (2014). Musical training for the development of language skills. In Changing Brains - Applying Brain Plasticity to Advance and Recover Human Ability (Merzenich, M., Nahum, M. & Vleet, T., eds). Amsterdam: Elsevier.


  • Slater, J., Tierney, A. & Kraus, N. (2013). At-risk elementary school children with one year of classroom music instruction are better at keeping a beat. PLoS One, 8, e77250.
  • Tierney, A., Krizman, J., Skoe, E., Johnston, K. & Kraus, N. (2013). High school music classes enhance the neural processing of speech. Frontiers in Educational Psychology, 4, 855. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00855
  • Tierney, A. & Kraus, N. (2013). The ability to move to a beat is linked to the consistency of neural responses to sound. Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 14981-14988.
  • Tierney, A. & Kraus, N. (2013). Neural responses to sounds presented on and off the beat of ecologically valid music. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 7, 14. doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2013.00014
  • Tierney, A. & Kraus, N. (2013). The ability to tap to a beat relates to cognitive, linguistic, and perceptual skills. Brain and Language, 124, 225-231.
  • Tierney, A., Strait, D.L., O'Connell, S. & Kraus, N. (2013). Developmental changes in resting gamma power from age three to adulthood. Clinical Neurophysiology, 124, 1040-1042.
  • Tierney, A., Dick, F., Deutsch, D. & Sereno, M. (2013). Speech versus song: multiple pitch-sensitive areas revealed by a naturally occurring musical illusion. Cerebral Cortex, 23, 249-254.


  • Dick, F., Tierney, A., Lutti, A., Josephs, O., Sereno, M. & Weiskopf, N. (2012). In vivo functional and myeloarchitectonic mapping of human primary auditory areas. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 16095-16105.
  • Parbery-Clark, A.*, Tierney, A.*, Strait, D. & Kraus, N. (2012). Musicians have fine-tuned neural distinction of speech syllables. Neuroscience, 219, 111-119.
  • *these authors contributed equally.


  • Tierney, A., Russo, F. & Patel, A. (2011). The motor origins of human and avian song structure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108, 15510-15515.
  • Tierney, A., Parbery-Clark, A., Skoe, E. & Kraus, N. (2011). Frequency-dependent effects of background noise on subcortical response timing. Hearing Research, 282, 145-150.


  • Tierney, A., Bergeson, T. & Pisoni, D. (2008). Effects of early musical experience on auditory sequence memory. Empirical Musicology Review, 3(4), 178-186.


  • Clopper, C., Pisoni, D. & Tierney, A. (2006). Effects of open-set and closed-set demands on spoken word recognition. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 17, 331-349.
  • Tierney, A. & Kraus, N. (2015). Neural entrainment to the rhythmic structure of music. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 27, 400-408.

Dr Adam Taylor Tierney