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Herr Dr. Cesare Parise: Kontakt

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1. Center of Excellence - Cognitive Interaction Technology CITEC / Beteiligte Forschungsgruppen / Kognitive Neurowissenschaften

Curriculum Vitae


• 2012 D.Phil. in Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford link

• 2006 Laurea in Psychology, University of Milan-Bicocca

Scientific appointments

• since 2016 Perception Scientist (PI) at Oculus Research, Redmond WA

• since 2016 Affiliated member of the CITEC

• 2013 - 2016 Post doctoral scientist at the University of Bielefeld

• 2010 - 2013 Research scientist, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics link

• 2009 - 2010 Research fellow, University of Trento


• 2014 Attempto Preis awarded by the University of Tuebingen link

• 2013 Best Ph.D. dissertation awarded by the Italian Association of Psychology link

• 2011 Student award at the International Multisensory Research Forum

Aktuelle Forschungsthemen

The physical properties of the distal stimuli activating our senses are often correlated in nature. Stimulus correlations can be readily available to the senses (like the temporal correlation between mouth movements and vocal sounds in speech), or can be the results of the statistical co-occurrence of certain stimulus properties that can be learnt over time (like the relation between the frequency of acoustic resonance and the size of the resonator). My research focuses on the role of signal correlation as a modulatory factor for multisensory integration and interaction.

Selected publications

• Parise CV and Ernst (in press) Noise, multisensory integration, and previous response in perceptual disambiguation. PLoS Computational Biology

• Senna I, Parise CV and Ernst (in press) Modulation frequency as a cue for auditory speed perception. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

• Parise CV and Ernst (2016) Correlation detection as a general mechanism for multisensory integration. Nature Communications 7:11543, 1-9 link

• Parise CV, Knorre K and Ernst MO (2014) Natural auditory scene statistics shapes human spatial hearing. PNAS 111, 6104-6108. link

• Parise CV, Spence C and Ernst MO (2012) When Correlation Implies Causation in Multisensory Integration Current Biology 22(1) 46-49. link1 link2

The full list of publications can be found here. All my papers can be downloaded here

In the media

Los Angeles Times Why do we say some sounds are 'high' and others 'low'?
Physics Today Our spatial sense of pitch
NDR Info Hohe Töne - Tiefe Töne
Innovations Report Tonlage: Was vom Himmel tönt, klingt hoch
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Science Daily Shape of human ear may have evolved to mirror acoustics in natural world
Alpha Galileo Why auditory pitch and spatial elevation get high together
BCCN news Why auditory pitch and spatial elevation get high together
IDW online Was vom Himmel tönt, klingt hoch
Max Planck Institute news Why auditory pitch and spatial elevation get high together
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Neurosciencestuff Researchers uncover why there is a mapping between pitch and elevation
Lorenzopia The link between sound frequency and spatial elevation
• The paper "The marble hand illusion" had extensive media coverage (>150k Google results)
Uni.aktuell Am Klang die Größe von Objekten erkennen
Max Planck Institute news When correlation implies causation
BBC news People may be able to taste words
University of Oxford news The synaesthete in all of us.
Suite101.com People Can Hear Shapes and Taste Words
BCCN news What you say is what you see
Moebius, Radio 24 Quello strano comportamento umano che chiamiamo sinestesia
CSMonitor Language that is in good taste
Le Scienze Web News Quel che dici e’ quel che vedi (1)
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