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Semal Catherine

by Loïc Grattier - published on , updated on

Professeur des universités : Psychology

Contact:
catherine.semal@ensc.fr
+33 (0)5 57 57 16 51

Site : Carreire and Béthanie (Campus de Talence)

Team:
Auditory perception

Domain:
Perception, Cognition

Research axes:

  • Auditory change detection
  • Perception and sensory memory in autistic children

Scientific expertise:

  • Psychophysics
  • Neuropsychology

Projects:

  • Individual differences in pitch perception
  • Echoic memory in high-functioning autistic children

Publications:

  • Bonnard D, Dauman R, Semal C, Demany L. (2016). Harmonic fusion and pitch affinity: Is there a direct link? Hearing Research, 333, 247-54.
  • Erviti, M., Semal, C., Wright, B.A., Amestoy, A., Bouvard, M.P., & Demany, L. (in press). A late-emerging auditory deficit in autism. Neuropsychology.
  • Demany, L., Erviti, M., & Semal, C. (in press). Auditory attention is divisible: Segregated tone streams can be tracked simultaneously. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.
  • 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.
  • Aouizerate, B., Gouzien, C., Doumy, O., Philip, P., Semal, C., Demany, L., Piazza, P.V., & Cota, D. (2014). Toward a new computer-based and easy-to-use tool for the objective measurement of motivational states in humans: A pilot study. BMC Psychology, 2:23.
  • Demany, L., Carcagno, S., & Semal, C. (2013). The perceptual enhancement of tones by frequency shifts. Hearing Research, 298, 10-16.
  • Bonnard, D., Micheyl, C., Semal, C., Dauman, R., & Demany, L. (2013). Auditory discrimination of frequency ratios: the octave singularity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39, 788-801.
  • Carcagno, S., Semal, C., & Demany, L. (2013). No need for templates in the auditory enhancement effect. PLoS One, 8, e67874.
  • Carcagno S., Semal C., & Demany L. (2013). Enhancement of increments in spectral amplitude: further evidence for a mechanism based on central adaptation. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 787, 175-182.
  • 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.
  • Carcagno, S., Semal, C., & Demany, L. (2011). Frequency-shift detectors bind binaural as well as monaural frequency representations. Journal of Experimental Psycholog: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 1976-1987.
  • Erviti M, Semal C, Demany L (2011) Enhancing a tone by shifting its frequency or intensity. J Acoust Soc Am 129:3837-3845.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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., Carlyon, R.P., & Semal, C. (2009). Continuous versus discrete frequency changes: Different detection mechanisms? Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125, 1082-1090.
  • Demany, L., & Semal, C. (2008). The role of memory in auditory perception. In Auditory Perception of Sound Sources (Springer Handbook of Auditory Research, vol. 29), edited by W.A. Yost, A.N. Popper & R.R. Fay. Springer Verlag, New York, 77-113.
  • 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.
  • Serman, M., Semal, C., & Demany, L. (2008). Enhancement, adaptation, and the binaural system. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 123, 4412-4420.
  • 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.
  • Semal, C., & Demany, L. (2006). Individual differences in the sensitivity to pitch direction. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 120, 3907-3915.
  • Demany, L., & Semal, C. (2005). The slow formation of a pitch percept beyond the ending time of a short tone burst. Perception and Psychophysics, 67, 1376-1383.
  • Demany, L., Montandon, G., & Semal, C. (2005). Internal noise and memory for pitch. In Auditory Signal Processing: Physiology, Psychoacoustics, and Models, edited by D. Pressnitzer, A. de Cheveigné, S. McAdams & L. Collet. Springer Verlag, New York, 136-144.
  • Demany, L., Montandon, G., & Semal, C. (2004). Pitch perception and retention: two cumulative benefits of selective attention. Perception and Psychophysics, 66, 609-617.
  • Desainte-Catherine, M., Kurtag, G., Marchand, S., Semal, C. Hanna P. (2004). Playing With Sounds as Playing Video Games. ACM Journal: Computers in Entertainment, 2, Number 2, 16-38
  • Demany, L., & Semal, C. (2004). Les traces d’un son. Revue de Neuropsychologie, 14, 133-145.
  • Demany, L., & Semal, C. (2002). Learning to perceive pitch differences. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 111, 1377-1388.
  • Demany, L., & Semal, C. (2002). Limits of rhythm perception. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 55, 643-657.
  • Demany, L., Clément, S., & Semal, C. (2001). Does auditory memory depend on attention? In Physiological and Psychophysical Bases of Auditory Function, edited by D.J. Breebaart, A.J.M. Houtsma, A. Kohlrausch, V.F. Prijs & R. Schoonhoven. Shaker Publishing BV, Maastricht (The Netherlands), 461-467.
  • Clément, S., Demany, L., & Semal, C. (1999). Memory for pitch versus memory for loudness. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 106, 2805-2811.
  • Laguitton, V., Demany, L., Semal, C., & Liégeois-Chauvel, C. (1998). Pitch perception: a difference between right- and left-handed listeners. Neuropsychologia, 36, 201-207.
  • Rousseau, L., Peretz, I., Liégeois-Chauvel, C., Demany, L., Semal, C., & Larue, S. (1996). Spectral and virtual pitch perception of complex tones: an opposite hemispheric lateralization? Brain and Cognition, 30, 303-308.
  • Semal, C., Demany, L., Ueda, K., & Hallé, P.A. (1996). Speech versus nonspeech in pitch memory. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 100, 1132-1140.
  • Semal, C., & Demany, L. (1993). Further evidence for an autonomous processing of pitch in auditory short-term memory. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 94, 1315-1322.
  • Demany, L., & Semal, C. (1993). Pitch versus brightness of timbre: Detecting combined changes in fundamental and formant frequency. Music Perception, 11, 1-13.
  • Demany, L., & Semal, C. (1992). Detection of inharmonicity in dichotic pure-tone dyads. Hearing Research, 61, 161-166.
  • Carlyon, R.P., Demany, L., & Semal, C. (1992). Detection of across-frequency differences in fundamental frequency. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 91, 279-292.
  • Semal, C., & Demany, L. (1992). Interférences en mémoire auditive et phénomènes de masque : des règles radicalement différentes.Journal de Physique IV, 2, C1, 277-280.
  • Demany, L., Semal, C., & Carlyon, R.P. (1991). On the perceptual limits of octave harmony and their origin. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 90, 3019-3027.
  • Semal, C., & Demany, L. (1991). Dissociation of pitch from timbre in auditory short-term memory. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 89, 2404-2410.
  • Semal, C., & Demany, L. (1990). The upper limit of "musical" pitch. Music Perception, 8, 165-176.
  • Demany, L., & Semal, C. (1990). Harmonic and melodic octave templates. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 88, 2126-2135.
  • Demany, L., & Semal, C. (1990). The effect of vibrato on the recognition of masked vowels. Perception and Psychophysics, 48, 436-444.
  • Demany, L., & Semal, C. (1989). Detection thresholds for sinusoidal frequency modulation. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 85, 1295-1301.
  • Demany, L., & Semal, C. (1988). Dichotic fusion of two tones one octave apart: Evidence for internal octave templates. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 83, 687-695.
  • Demany, L., & Semal, C. (1986). On the detection of amplitude modulation and frequency modulation at low modulation frequencies. Acustica, 61, 243-255.
  • Roubertoux, P., Baumann, L., Ragueneau, S., & Semal, C. (1987). Early development in mice. IV. Age at disappearance of rooting responses: Genetic analysis in newborn mice. Behavior Genetics, 17, 453-464.
  • Roubertoux, P., Cohen-Salmon, C., Carlier, M., Jouhanneau, J., Semal, C., & Paillette, M. (1985). Differences in patterns of pup care in mice. V. Pup ultrasonic emissions and pup care behavior. Physiology and Behavior, 35, 167-174.
  • Roubertoux, P., Semal, C., & Ragueneau, S. (1985). Early development in mice. II. Sensory motor behavior and genetic analysis. Physiology and Behavior, 35, 659-666.

Grants:

  • ANR-Programme-Blanc (Projet LEAP, 2010-2013)
  • ANR-Programme-Blanc (Projet AMUSIA, 2011-2014)
  • Fondation de France (2010-2012)
  • DEFI-SENS-CNRS (2013)
  • PEPS conjoint CNRS-IDEX de Bordeaux (2012)
  • Programme interdisciplinaire du CNRS « Neuro-Informatique » (2008-2010)

Administration:

  • Member of the Comité CNRS (section 26, Cerveau, Cognition, et Comportement)
  • Member of the Conseil Scientifique de l’Université Bordeaux-Segalen (2008-2011)
  • Member (for two terms, 2004-2011) of the CNU 16 (Psychologie, Psychologie Clinique, Psychologie Sociale)
  • Management of the internships for the Master Sciences Cognitives
  • Co-responsibility of the Master 2 Pro "Psychologie clinique" (option "Neuropsychologie") and Direction (Arrêté du 19 mai 2006, article 3) and supervision of the internships
  • Responsibility for the 1st teaching year - Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Cognitique (Institut National Polytechnique de Bordeaux), (2008-2013)