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Yves Boubenec

Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs

Assistant Professor

29 rue d'Ulm

75005 Paris France


2nd floor, room 203
+33 (0) 1 44 32 26 78
Selected publications
International Journal article  

Boubenec, Y., Lawlor, J., Górska, U., Shamma, S. & Englitz, B. (2017). Detecting changes in dynamic and complex acoustic environments. eLife, 6. doi:10.7554/eLife.24910

International Journal article  

Boubenec, Y., Claverie, L., Shulz, D. & Debrégeas, G. (2014). An amplitude modulation/demodulation scheme for whisker-based texture perception. The Journal of Neuroscience, 34(33), 10832-10843. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0534-14.2014


Yves Boubenec was born in Toulon (France) and was trained in the École Normale Supérieure (ENS, Paris, France). He then obtained a Master in Neurobiology (ENS, Institut Pasteur, UPMC, Paris, France) and a PhD in Neurosciences (UNIC, Gif-sur-Yvette, France). He has worked in the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (Japan) and in the Institute for Systems Research (Maryland, USA). He is now associate professor in the Laboratory of Perceptive Systems in the École Normale Supérieure.

Research interests

How does the central nervous system process complex statistics scene ?

How does attention shape our perception ? My current research topics involve processing of sound statistics by the auditory system, and in particular detection of change in auditory textures, combining both psychophysics in humans, and recordings in behaving animals. I am also working on the interaction between prefrontal cortex (PFC) and auditory cortex when animals are engaged in a task, using optogenetics tools for manipulating circuit activity and fast ultrasound imaging to monitor brain area activity and interactions at large scale.


I have taught physiology of perception in high schools and popularized science for various public. I now teach neurophysiology of auditory perception at the École Normale Supérieure (IMaLiS and Cogmaster). I also organize a series of Master Classes dedicated to Quantitative Analysis in NEurosciences (QANE course) and a  CogMaster course (CA4b) for students interested in the neurophysiology of decision-making and attention.

Last job offers
- Internship
LaboratoryLaboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs
  • Yves Boubenec
  • Jennifer Lawlor
Length of internship2 months, starting anytime
LanguageFrench or English
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- Internship
LaboratoryLaboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs
  • Yves Boubenec
Length of internship1 semester, starting anytime
LanguageFrench or English