David Pisoni

David Pisoni

Distinguished Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences; Chancellor's Professor of Cognitive Science, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Director, Speech Research Laboratory

Adjunct Professor, Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, IU School of Medicine, Indianapolis


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1971
  • NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow, Speech Group, Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT, 1975

Research interests

Acoustic analysis, synthesis and perception of speech sounds

Spoken word recognition and lexical access

Spoken language comprehension

Perceptual development

Cognitive neuropsychology


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.

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

Representative publications

Assessment of working memory capacity in preschool children using the missing scan task (2014)
Adrienne S. Roman, David B. Pisoni and William G. Kronenberger
Infant and Child Development,

Audio-Visual Speech Perception Without Speech Cues: A First Report (1996)
Helena M. Saldaña, David B. Pisoni, Jennifer M. Fellowes and Robert E. Remez a
Springer-Verlag. 150 145-151

Audio-Visual Speech Perception Without Traditional Speech Cues: A Second Report (1997)
Robert E. Remez, Jennifer M. Fellowes, David B. Pisoni, Winston D. Goh and Philip E. Rubin
Proceedings of the ESCA Workshop on Audio-Visual Speech Processing: Cognitive and Computational Approaches (pp. 73-76). 1997, Grenoble: European Speech Communication Association, 73-76

Auditory and linguistic outcomes in pediatric cochlear implantation (2013)
Gerard M. Donoghue and David B. Pisoni
Thieme Medical Publishers.

Can attention be divided between the ears? (1974)
Richard M. Shiffrin, David B. Pisoni and K. Casteneda-Mendez
Cognitive Psychology, 6 190-215

Complex working memory span in cochlear implanted and normal hearing teenagers (2013)
Ann E. Geers, David B. Pisoni and Christine Brenner
Otology & Neurotology, 34 (3), 396-401

Development, reliability and validity of PRESTO: A new high-variability sentence recognition test (2013)
Jaimie L. Gilbert, Terrin N. Tamati and David B. Pisoni
Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 24 (1), 26-36

Developmental effects of family environment on outcomes in pediatric cochlear implant recipients (2013)
Rachel Frush Holt, Jessica Beer, William G. Kronenberger and David B. Pisoni
Otology & Neurotology, 34 (3), 388-395

Does Training in Speech Perception Modify Speech Production? (1996)
Reiko Akahane-Yamada, Yoh'ichi Tohkura, Ann Rosalie Bradlow and David B. Pisoni
Proceedings of the International Congress on Spoken Language Processing-96. Philadelphia, PA, October, 1996. Pp, 96 606-609

Encoding of Visual Speaker Attributes and Recognition Memory for Spoken Words (1996)
Helena M. Saldaña, Lynne C. Nygaard and David B. Pisoni a
Springer-Verlag. 150 275-281

Executive functioning skills in long-term users of cochlear implants: A case control study (2013)
William G. Kronenberger, David B. Pisoni, Shirley C. Henning and Bethany G. Colson
Journal of Pediatric Psychology,

Identification of acoustically similar and dissimilar vowels in profoundly deaf adults who use hearing aids and/or cochlear implants: Some preliminary findings (2013)
Marcia J. Hay-McCutcheon, Nathaniel R. Peterson, Christian A. Rosado and David B. Pisoni
The American Journal of Audiology,

Intelligibility of Normal Speech I: Global and Fine-Grained Acoustic-Phonetic Talker Characteristics (1997)
David B. Pisoni, Ann Rosalie Bradlow and Gina M. Torretta
Speech Communication, 20 (3), 255-272

Long-term speech and language outcomes in prelingually deaf children, adolescents and young adults who received cochlear implants in childhood (2013)
Chad V. Ruffin, William G. Kronenberger, David B. Pisoni, Bethany G. Colson and Shirley C. Henning
Audiology and Neurotology, 18 (5), 289-296

Dissertation Committee Service

Author Dissertation Title Committee
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.
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.
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, Daniel Perceptual 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.
Kapatsinski, Vsevolod The Architecture of Grammar in Artificial Grammar Learning: Formal Biases in the Acquisition of Morphophonology and The Nature of the Learning Task (May 2009) Pisoni, P. (Co-Chair), de Jong, K. (Co-Chair), Smith, L., Port, R.
Silbert, Noah Integration of Phonological Information in Obstruent Consonant Identification (May 2010) de Jong, K. (Co-Chair), Townsend, J. (Co-Chair), Lentz, J., Pisoni, D.
Wilson, Andrew A Perception –Action Approach To Rhythmic Movement Coordination (August 2005) Bingham, G. (Co-Chair), Busey, T. (Co-Chair), Pisoni, D., Port, R.