Robert Remez

Professor of Psychology


Robert Remez, professor of psychology, joined the faculty of Barnard in 1980. His teaching focuses on the relationships among perception, cognition and language. Since 1985, Professor Remez's research has been supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders under the project "Sensory and Perceptual Factors in Spoken Communication." One line of his research examines the perceptual organization of speech and seeks to explain how listeners can follow speech amid the sounds that strike the ear. In a second line of research, he studies the perceptible differences between individual talkers and the phonetic and qualitative aspects of these indexical properties.

Professor Remez is a member of the Board of Directors of Haskins Laboratories. During the 2006-7 academic year, Professor Remez was a Visiting Scholar at the Parmly Hearing Institute in Chicago.

Selected Publications

Remez, R. E. (in press). Three puzzles of multimodal speech perception. In E. Vatikiotis-Bateson, G. Bailly & P. Perrier (Eds.), Audiovisual Speech Processing (pp. 000-000). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Remez, R. E., Dubowski, K. R., Davids, M. L., Thomas, 
 E. F., Paddu, N. U., Grossman, Y. S., & Moskalenko, M. (2011). Estimating speech spectra by algorithm and by hand for synthesis from natural models. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130, 2173-2178.

Remez, R. E., Dubowski, K. R., Broder, R. S., Davids, M. L., Grossman, Y. S., Moskalenko, M., Pardo, J. S.,  & Hasbun, S. M. (2011). Auditory-phonetic projection and lexical structure in the recognition of sine-wave words. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 968-977.

Remez, R. E., Ferro, D. F., Dubowski, K. R., Meer, J., Broder, R. S., & Davids, M. L. (2010). Is desynchrony tolerance adaptable in the perceptual organization of speech? Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 72, 2054-2058.

Remez, R. E. (2010). Spoken expression of individual identity and the listener. In E. Morsella (Ed.), Expressing (Ed.), Expressing Oneself/Expressing One’s Self: Communication, Cognition, Language, and Identity (pp. 167-181). New York: Psychology Press.

Remez, R. E., & Trout, J. D. (2009). Philosophical messages in the medium of spoken language. In M. Nudds and C. O’Callaghan (Eds.), Sounds and Perception: New Philosophical Essays (pp. 234-263). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Remez, R. E., Ferro, D. F., Wissig, S. C., & Landau, C. A. (2008). Asynchrony tolerance in the perceptual organization of speech. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15, 861-865.

Remez, R. E. (2008). Sine-wave speech. In E. M. Izhikovitch (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience (pp. 2394). (Cited as Scholarpedia, 3, 2394.)

Remez, R. E., Fellowes, J. M., & Nagel, D. S. (2007). On the perception of similarity among talkers. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 122, 3688-3696.

Pardo, J. S., & Remez, R. E. (2006). The perception of speech. In M. Traxler and M. A. Gernsbacher (Eds.), The Handbook of Psycholinguistics, 2nd ed. (pp. 201-248). New York: Academic Press.

Academic Focus: 

Speech perception
Speech acoustics
Perceptual organization
Perceptual identification of talkers

Awards & Honors: 

Fellow, Acoustical Society of America
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellow, American Psychological Association
Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

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B.A., Brandeis University
Ph.D., University of Connecticut

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