Mike Kilgard

Mike Kilgard


  • speech processing
  • hearing
  • neuroscience
  • neurobiology
  • brain changes
  • neuroplasticity
  • neuro-rehabilitation
  • how the brain learns
  • neurological disorders


Emily Martinez

Expert at a Glance

Mike Kilgard, Ph.D. School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences

Dr. Kilgard’s primary research objective is to understand how experience rewires the brain.

In his lab, environmental enrichment, behavioral training and stimulation are all used to investigate the network-level changes that allow the brain to adapt to new situations and learn novel stimuli, including speech. A better appreciation of how the brain learns will aid the development of new treatment strategies for neurological disorders including dyslexia, autism and stroke.

His lab is also one of the few in the world that studies how individual neurons process speech stimuli.

Dr. Kilgard earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Francisco.

Updated: November 29, 2011