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Demany Laurent

by Loïc Grattier - published on , updated on

Directeur de Recherche émérite au CNRS



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[MOCOCO: Motor Control and Cognition]

Research axis:
Auditory perception and memory

Scientific expertise:
• Pitch perception and music perception
• Auditory change detection and short-term memory
• Plasticity of auditory perception

• The innate determinants of melody perception
• Demonstration of links between motricity and pitch perception

Selected publications:
• Demany, L., Trost, W., Serman, M., & Semal, C. (2008). Auditory change detection: Simple sounds are not memorized better than complex sounds. Psychological Science, 19, 85-91.
• Guehl, D., Burbaud, P., Lorenzi, C., Ramos, C., Bioulac, B., Semal, C., & Demany, L. (2008). Auditory temporal processing in Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychologia, 46, 2326-2335.
• Micheyl, C., Kaernbach, C., & Demany, L. (2008). An evaluation of psychophysical models of auditory change perception. Psychological Review, 115, 1069-1083.
• Demany, L., Pressnitzer, D., & Semal, C. (2009). Tuning properties of the auditory frequency-shift detectors. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 126, 1342-1348.
• Demany, L., Semal, C., Cazalets, J.R., & Pressnitzer, D. (2010). Fundamental differences in change detection between vision and audition. Experimental Brain Research, 203, 261-270.
• Demany, L., Semal, C., & Pressnitzer, D. (2011). Implicit versus explicit frequency comparisons: Two mechanisms of auditory change detection. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 597-605.
• Erviti, M., Semal, C., & Demany, L. (2011). Enhancing a tone by shifting its frequency or intensity. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129, 3837-3845.
• Carcagno, S., Semal, C., & Demany, L. (2011). Frequency-shift detectors bind binaural as well as monaural frequency representations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 1976-1987.
• Carcagno, S., Semal, C., & Demany, L. (2012). Auditory enhancement of increments in spectral amplitude stems from more than one source. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 13, 693-702.
• Demany, L., Carcagno, S., & Semal, C. (2013). The perceptual enhancement of tones by frequency shifts. Hearing Research, 298, 10-16.
• Carcagno, S., Plack, C.J., Portron, A., Semal, C., & Demany, L. (2014). The auditory enhancement effect is not reflected in the 80-Hz auditory steady-state response. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 15, 621-630. Erratum p. 631.
• Erviti, M., Semal, C., Wright, B.A., Amestoy, A., Bouvard, M.P., & Demany, L. (2015). A late-emerging auditory deficit in autism. Neuropsychology, 29, 454-462.
• Bonnard, D., Dauman, R., Semal, C., & Demany, L. (2017). The effect of cochlear damage on the sensitivity to harmonicity. Ear and Hearing, 38, 85-93.
• Demany, L., Bayle, Y., Puginier, E., & Semal, C. (2017). Detecting temporal changes in acoustic scenes: the variable benefit of selective attention. Hearing Research, 353, 17-25.
• Carcagno, S., Micheyl, C., Cousineau, M., Pressnitzer, D., & Demany, L. (2018). Effect of stimulus type and pitch salience on pitch-sequence processing. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143, 3665-3675.
• Demany, L., & Semal, C. (2018). Automatic frequency-shift detection in the auditory system: A review of psychophysical findings. Neuroscience, 389, 30-40.
• Pressnitzer, D., & Demany, L. (2019). Auditory perception: Relative universals for musical pitch. Current Biology, 29, R927-R929 ("Dispatch").
• Demany, L., Monteiro, G., Semal, C., Shamma, S., & Carlyon, R.P. (2021). The perception of octave pitch affinity and harmonic fusion have a common origin. Hearing Research, 404, 108213.