Pascal Mamassian was born in Lyon (France) and was trained in Telecommunication Engineering (Sup' Télécom, Paris, France). He then obtained a Masters in Cognitive Sciences (Univ. Paris 6 & EHESS, Paris, France) and a PhD in Experimental and Biological Psychology (Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA). He has worked at the Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Tübingen, Germany) and New York University (New York, USA). He was at the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, UK) as lecturer and then senior lecturer before taking a researcher position at the CNRS (France).