School:School of Medicine
Areas of Expertise: Vision and eye research
Andrew’s research investigates how visual loss affects the ability to use sound to perceive the world, focusing on human auditory distance perception and how echolocation and sensory substitution can be used to guide navigation.
Andrew is a psychology researcher with expertise in auditory and visual sensory processes.
Andrew’s PhD at Cardiff University investigated the psychology of hearing, which involved measuring and modelling binaural temporal windows and auditory filters. His previous posts have included a Research Associate position in auditory perception at Cambridge University, investigating how spatial awareness can be enhanced among hearing aid users and how vision loss affects auditory perception. Andrew also held a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at The Centre for the Study of the Senses (CenSes) at the Institute of Philosophy at University of London, investigating whether vision can influence perceived sound pitch.
Andrew’s work looks at auditory perception among hearing impaired and blind listeners. He is interested in how sensory impairment affects spatial awareness, and to what extent supra-normal performance for auditory spatial tasks among blind listeners, such as echolocation, distance discrimination and azimuthal localisation, can be explained by cross-modal cortical reorganisation. His work uses virtualisation and psychophysical techniques, human movement, and self-report methods to investigate whether accurate internal representations of auditory space are formed in the absence of a visual signal, and under what conditions blind and low vision individuals demonstrate supra-normal hearing abilities.
Currently supervising Elena Altobelli, a PhD student at Anglia Ruskin University studying human internal representations of auditory space.
Andrew has previously taught Cognitive Psychology and Research Techniques for Psychology modules at undergraduate level.
Kolarik AJ, Scarfe AC, Moore BCJ, Pardhan S, 2017. Blindness enhances auditory obstacle circumvention: Assessing echolocation, sensory substitution, and visual-based navigation. PLOS ONE, 12(4): e0175750. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0175750
Kolarik AJ, Raman R, Moore BCJ, Cirstea S, Gopalakrishnan S, Pardhan S, (2017). Partial visual loss affects self-reports of hearing abilities measured using a modified version of the Speech, Spatial and Qualities of Hearing Questionnaire, Front. Psychol. 8:561. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00561/full.
Kolarik AJ, Pardhan S, Cirstea S, Moore BCJ, (2017). Auditory spatial representations of the world are compressed in blind humans. Exp. Brain Res., 235, 597-606. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00221-016-4823-1.
Moore BCJ, Kolarik AJ, Stone MA, Lee Y, (2016). Evaluation of a method for enhancing interaural level differences at low frequencies. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 140, 2817-2828. https://asa.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.1121/1.4965299.
Kolarik AJ, Scarfe AC, Moore BCJ, Pardhan S, (2016). Echoic sensory substitution information in a single obstacle circumvention task. PLOS ONE, 11(8): e0160872. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0160872.
Kolarik AJ, Scarfe AC, Moore BCJ, Pardhan S, (2016). An assessment of auditory-guided locomotion in an obstacle circumvention task. Exp. Brain Res., 234, 1725–1735. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00221-016-4567-y.
Kolarik AJ, Moore BCJ, Zahorik P, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, (2016). Auditory distance perception in humans: a review of cues, development, neuronal bases and effects of sensory loss. Atten. Percept. Psycho., 78, 373-395. https://link.springer.com/article/10.3758/s13414-015-1015-1.
Kolarik AJ, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, Moore BCJ, (2014). A summary of research investigating echolocation abilities of blind and sighted humans. Hear. Res., 310, 60-68. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378595514000185.
Kolarik AJ, Timmis MA, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, (2014). Sensory substitution information informs locomotor adjustments when walking through apertures. Exp. Brain Res., 232, 975–984. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00221-013-3809-5.
Kolarik AJ, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, (2013). Evidence for enhanced discrimination of virtual auditory distance among blind listeners using level and direct-to-reverberant cues. Exp. Brain Res., 224, 623-633. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00221-012-3340-0.
Kolarik AJ, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, Moore BCJ, (2013). Using acoustic information to perceive room size: effects of blindness, room reverberation time, and stimulus. Perception, 42, 985-990. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1068/p7555.
Kolarik, AJ (2018). The effect of visual loss on auditory spatial perception. Vision and Eye Research Unit Symposium, Cambridge.
Kolarik AJ, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, Moore BCJ, (2017). Visual loss affects internal representations of auditory space: Results from psychophysical and human movement studies. Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy.
Scarfe AC, Kolarik AJ, (2017). The use of echolocation and sensory substitution devices in obstacle circumvention. UK-China Researcher Links Workshop on Auditory and Visual Impairments, their Impact and Community Care Solutions, Southern University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC), Shenzhen City.
Kolarik AJ,(2015). Navigating using sound: echolocation and sensory substitution in the blind. Sounds that Move Us event, Being Human Festival, London.
Kolarik AJ, Moore BCJ, Cirstea S, Scarfe AC, Pardhan S, (2015). Using sound to inform spatial awareness and guide human movement in the absence of vision. Vision and Eye Research Unit Symposium, Cambridge.
Kolarik AJ, Moore BCJ, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, (2015). Auditory spatial representations of distance are compressed in blind individuals. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual conference, Denver.
Kolarik AJ, Scarfe AC, Cirstea S, Moore BCJ, Pardhan S, (2014). Single obstacle circumvention using echolocation, sensory substitution, or visual information. British Congress of Optometry and Vision Science, Cardiff.
Kolarik AJ, Scarfe AC, Cirstea S, Moore BCJ, Pardhan S, (2014). Obstacle avoidance using echolocation and sensory substitution information. British Society of Audiology 5th joint Annual Clinical and Experimental Conference, Keele.
Kolarik AJ, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, Moore BCJ, (2014). The effects of blindness on perceived auditory distance and room size. Anglia Ruskin Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education Research Conference, Chelmsford.
Kolarik AJ, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, Moore BCJ. (2014). How does blindness affect auditory perception? Vision and Eye Research Unit Seminar, Cambridge.
Kolarik AJ, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, Moore BCJ (2013). The effects of blindness on perceived auditory distance and room size. British Society of Audiology 4th Annual Conference and Experimental and Clinical Short Papers Meeting, Keele.
Kolarik AJ, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, Moore BCJ, (2013). An assessment of virtual auditory distance judgments among blind and sighted listeners. International Congress on Acoustics, Montréal.
Kolarik AJ, Pardhan S, Cirstea S, Moore BCJ, (2013). Evidence for compression of virtual auditory distance among blind listeners. 25th Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar, Cambridge.
Kolarik AJ, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, Moore BCJ, (2013). The effects of blindness for judging distance to sounds: a compressed auditory world. An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing and Beyond Conference, Cambridge.
Kolarik AJ, Cirstea S, Pardhan S, Moore BCJ, (2013). The effect of visual loss upon audition. MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham.
Cirstea S, Kolarik AJ, Pardhan S, (2012). Differences In Perceiving Auditory Distance between Visually Impaired and Severely Visually Impaired. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting, Florida.
2018. How humans echolocate ‘like bats’. Interview with Victoria Gill, Science correspondent, BBC News.
2018. Seeing without eyes: just like bats, humans can use echolocation. Interview with Karl Gruber, Science Writer, for Particle.
2018. Echolocation could help blind people navigate like bats: study. Featured in Xinhuanet. http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/01/c_137008055.htm.
2017. This is how some blind people are able to echolocate like bats. Interview with Clare Wilson, Medical News Reporter, New Scientist.
2017. Teaching Humans to Echolocate. Interview with Diana Kwon, Science Reporter, The Scientist magazine.
2014. Human Echolocation and electronically guided travel, interview in “Supporting mobility and navigation abilities in children and young people with visual impairment,” The Mary Kitzinger Trust Newsletter, Number 2 – Autumn/Winter 2014.