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Christian Lorenzi

Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs

Full Professor in Experimental Psychology at Ecole normale superieure / Director of scientific studies at Ecole normale superieure

29 rue d'Ulm

75005 Paris France


Head of studies, ENS, 45 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris
Laboratoire des systemes perceptifs, 29 rue d'Ulm, 2nd floor
+33 (0)1 44 32 26 74 / 31 13
Selected publications
International Journal article  

Ewert, S., Paraouty, N. & Lorenzi, C. (2018). A two-path model of auditory modulation detection using temporal fine structure and envelope cues. European Journal of Neuroscience. doi:10.1111/ejn.13846

International Journal article  

Paraouty, N., Stasiak, A., Lorenzi, C., Varnet, L. & Winter, I. (2018). Dual coding of frequency modulation in the ventral cochlear nucleus. Journal of Neuroscience , 17. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2107-17.2018

International Journal article  

Goodman, D., Winter, I., Léger, A., de Cheveigné, A. & Lorenzi, C. (2018). Modelling firing regularity in the ventral cochlear nucleus: Mechanisms, and effects of stimulus level and synaptopathy. Hearing research, 358, 98-100. doi:10.1016/j.heares.2017.09.010

International Journal article  

Varnet, L., Ortiz-Barajas, M., Erra, R., Gervain, J. & Lorenzi, C. (2017). A cross-linguistic study of speech modulation spectra. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 142(4), 1976. doi:10.1121/1.5006179

International Journal article  

Wallaert, N., Moore, B., Ewert, S. & Lorenzi, C. (2017). Sensorineural hearing loss enhances auditory sensitivity and temporal integration for amplitude modulation. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(2), 971. doi:10.1121/1.4976080

International Journal article  

Paraouty, N. & Lorenzi, C. (2017). Using individual differences to assess modulation-processing mechanisms and age effects. Hearing research, 344, 38-49. doi:10.1016/j.heares.2016.10.024

International Journal article  

Paraouty, N., Ewert, S., Wallaert, N. & Lorenzi, C. (2016). Interactions between amplitude modulation and frequency modulation processing: Effects of age and hearing loss. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(1), 121. doi:10.1121/1.4955078

International Journal article  

Wallaert, N., Moore, B. & Lorenzi, C. (2016). Comparing the effects of age on amplitude modulation and frequency modulation detection. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 139(6), 3088. doi:10.1121/1.4953019

Short Biography

I was trained in Psychology at Univ Lyon II. I then obtained a Master degree in Cognitive Sciences and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in the same university. I have worked at the Applied Psychology Unit of the Medical Research Council (MRC, Cambridge, UK) as a post-doctoral scientist, and at the Institute of Hearing Research of the MRC (Glasgow, UK) as a junior scientist. I was recruited at the Univ Paris Descartes as lecturer (1997) and then full professor (2001), before taking a position of full professor in Experimental Psychology at the Ecole normale superieure (Paris) in 2011. I am a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a former (junior) member of IUF (2001). My research program focuses on temporal processing by the normal and impaired auditory system in humans.

Curriculum vitae

Research Interest

My research program focuses on the processing of the temporal structure of sounds by the normal and impaired auditory system in humans. I study the auditory perception of two types of temporal modulations of the acoustic signal, the temporal envelope and temporal fine structure, using various approaches (psychophysics, clinical audiology, computer modeling, developmental psychology, neuropsychology, brain imaging, electrophysiology).





I have taught experimental psychology, psychophysics and connexionism at the University of Paris Descartes. I now give lectures in hearing sciences and psychoacoustics in the masters of cognitive sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, EHESS, Université Paris Descartes, and I have been co-ordinating the Psychology strand of this masters degree.

Course - Processing time with our auditory system

  • Director of Scientific Studies at Ecole normale superieure, Paris (2014 - ...)
  • Head of the Departement d’Etudes Cognitives, Ecole normale supérieure, Paris (2009-2013)
  • Head of the ‘Institut d’Etude de la Cognition (LabEx IEC, ranked A+, 2011, Investissements d’avenir program)” of Ecole normale supérieure (2011-2013: Budget: € 8.5 M))
  • Leader of the “Audition” team of the UMR 8158 (2004-2007; 3 PIs, 1 Technician,~ 10 PhD students/postdocs)
  • Founder (2005) and director (2005-2009) of the national consortium for research in audiology, GDR-GRAEC (CNRS GDR 2967, ~27 partners)
  • Member of Section 16 “Psychologie” of the Conseil National des Universités, CNU” (2007-2011)
  • Member of the “Commission nationale d’attribution des Primes d’Encadrement Doctoral (PEDR) et des Primes d’Excellence Scientifique PES” (2008, 2009)
  • Member of the “Comité Opérationnel d’Ethique (COPE ; CNRS Ethics committee) » du CNRS” (2006)
Last job offers
M1, M2, DENS
- Internship
LaboratoryLaboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs
  • Christian Lorenzi
Length of internship3 mois minimum
LanguageFrançais ou Anglais