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.