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David B. Pisoni

Chancellor's Professor Psychological and Brain Sciences
Director Speech Research Laboratory
Phone: (812) 855-1155

See also: Professor Pisoni's homepage

See also: Speech Research Lab (SRL)


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1971

Professional Experience

  • Jacob K. Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, 1987-94
  • James McKeen Cattell Award, 1985-86
  • Distinguished Faculty Research Lecturer, Indiana University, 1982
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1978-79
  • Rackham Prize Fellow, University of Michigan, 1970-71
  • Tracy M. Sonneborn Award, 1996

Research Interests

Spoken word recognition

  • Acoustic analysis, synthesis and perception of speech sounds
  • Spoken word recognition and lexical access
  • Spoken language comprehension
  • Perceptual development
  • Cognitive neuropsychology
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Hearing impairment, cochlear implants


The Speech Research Laboratory at Indiana University has extensive hardware and software for presenting complex acoustic signals to subjects and recording their responses in real-time. Three computer-controlled laboratories are used for perceptual experiments with human observers. These labs are equipped with audio-visual capabilities for running multiple observers in real-time experiments. The labs also have several specialized state-of-the-art workstations as well as a series of microcomputers that are used for speech analysis and synthesis and computational studies of linguistic databases.

Dissertation Committee Service

Bold student names indicate a cognitive science standalone student.

Author Dissertation Title Committee
Clopper, C. G.Linguistic Experience and the Perceptual Classification of Dialect Variation (August 2004)Jong, K. J. (Co-Chair), Pisoni, D. B. (Co-Chair), Auger, J., Dissen, D. A., Nosofsky, R. M.
Cleary, M. Perception of Talker Differences in Normal-Hearning Children and Hearing-Impaired Children with Cochlear Implants (February 2003) Pisoni, D. B. (Co-Chair), Kirk, K. I., Kewley-Port, D. (Co-Chair), Busey, T. A.
Ferguson, S. H. Vowels in Clear and Conversational Speech: Talker Differences in Acoustic Features and Intelligibility for Normal-Hearing Listeners (July 2002) Kweley-Port, D. (Co-Chair), Watson, C. S., Humes, L. E., Pisoni, D. B. (Co-Chair), Jong, K. D.
Fogerty, DanielPerceptual Weighting of the Envelope and Fine Structure Across Frequency Bands During Continuous and Interrupted Speech (June 2010) Humes, L. (Co-Chair), Kewley-Port, D. (Co-Chair), Pisoni, D., Lentz, J.
Silbert, NoahIntegration of Phonological Information in Obstruent Consonant Identification (May 2010)de Jong, K. (Co-Chair), Townsend, J. (Co-Chair), Lentz, J., Pisoni, D.
Wilson, AndrewA Perception –Action Approach To Rhythmic Movement Coordination (August 2005) Bingham, G. (Co-Chair), Busey, T. (Co-Chair), Pisoni, D., Port, R.