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Daniel Pressnitzer

Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs

CNRS Director of Research, Deputy Manager of LSP, Head of Audition team

29 rue d'Ulm

75005 Paris France


2nd floor, room 204
+33 (0)1 44 32 26 73
Selected publications
International Journal article  

Claire, S., Corazzol, M. , Labouret, G., Stockart, F. , Wexler, M., King, J. , Florent, M. & Pressnitzer, D. (2021). Bifurcation in brain dynamics reveals a signature of conscious processing independent of report. Nature Communications, 12, 1149. doi:10.1038/s41467-021-21393-z

International Journal article  

Pressnitzer, D., Graves, J., Chambers, C., de Gardelle, V. & Egré, P. (2018). Auditory Perception: Laurel and Yanny Together at Last. Current Biology, 28(13), R739-R741. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2018.06.002

International Journal article  

Chambers, C., Akram, S., Adam, V., PELOFI, C., Sahani, M., Shamma, S. & Pressnitzer, D. (2017). Prior context in audition informs binding and shapes simple features. Nature Communications, 20(8), 15027. doi:10.1038/ncomms15027

International Journal article  

Andrillon, T., Pressnitzer, D., Léger, D. & Kouider, S. (2017). Formation and suppression of acoustic memories during human sleep. Nature communications, 8(1), 179. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-00071-z

International Journal article  

PELOFI, C., de Gardelle, V., Egré, P. & Pressnitzer, D. (2017). Interindividual variability in auditory scene analysis revealed by confidence judgements. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: Biological Science, 372. doi:10.1098/rstb.2016.0107

International Journal article  

Agus, T., Thorpe, S. & Pressnitzer, D. (2010). Rapid formation of robust auditory memories: insights from noise. Neuron, 66(4), 610-8. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2010.04.014

International Journal article  

Pressnitzer, D. & Hupé, J. (2006). Temporal dynamics of auditory and visual bistability reveal common principles of perceptual organization. Current biology : CB, 16(13), 1351-7. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.05.054

International Journal article  

Pressnitzer, D., Patterson, R. & Krumbholz, K. (2001). The lower limit of melodic pitch. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 109, 2074-2084. doi:10.1121/1.1359797

Short Biography

After a first degree in Engineering, Daniel Pressnitzer obtained his Master's in Acoustics, Signal Processing and Computer Science in Paris. His PhD was conducted at Ircam on the topic of auditory perception and musical consonance/dissonance. He then worked at the Centre for the Neural Basis of Hearing in Cambridge, UK, first as Fyssen fellow and then as a Wellcome Trust postdoctoral associate. He returned to France as a CNRS researcher in 2000. Now Director of research at CNRS, he is a founding member and the current director of the Audition team at Ecole normale supérieure.

Research Interests

My research is focused on the experimental study of audition. I have tried to develop an approach based on the integration of:

  • 1) several levels of analysis, from the acoustic signal to non-verbal auditory cognition
  • 2) several methodological tools, from psychophysics to modelling and physiology
  • 3) fundamental and applied questions, with translational research mostly in the field of hearing impairment and audio processing.

Briefly, the basic hypothesis driving my work is that there exist a core of processes, which can be thought as “mid-level audition”, critical to real-world listening but amenable to systematic psychophysical testing. Importantly, processes that have traditionally been considered separately may in fact be deeply intertwined in realistic situations, so it makes sense to study them as a whole.

This very general idea is perhaps best illustrated by an illusion we discovered recently, revealing unsuspected links between perception and memory. Do have a listen for yourself here.

Current projects include investigations of auditory memory, perceptual bistability, multi-modal comparisons, music perception, recognition of natural sounds.


I teach in the masters of cognitive sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, EHESS, Universités Paris 5, for which I coordinate the Auditory Perception course (P2). I also teach in the master ATIAM and the master IMA.

  • I am the leader of the Audition team at the Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs (2008-).
  • I co-manage the Neuroscience track of the Cogmaster - recruiting bright students every year!