Short Biography

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).

Pascal Mamassian est né à Lyon et est diplômé de Sup' Télécom Paris. Il a obtenu un DEA de sciences cognitives (univ. Paris 6 & EHESS) et un doctorat en psychologie expérimentale (univ. du Minnesota, Minneapolis, Etats-Unis). Il a travaillé à l'institut Max-Planck en cybernétique biologique (Tübingen, Allemagne) et à l'université de New York (New York, Etats-Unis). Il a été professeur assistant puis professeur associé à l'université de Glasgow (Glasgow, Royaume-Uni) avant de prendre un poste de chercheur au CNRS. Il a reçu une chaire d'excellence du ministère de la recherche en 2004 et a obtenu son habilitation à diriger des recherches en 2005.

Research Interests

How do we perceive the world around us? It is believed that about half of the human brain is involved in visual perception. Research in my group focuses on mid-level vision, the link between the processing of elementary features in the image and the awareness of natural scenes. Current research topics include three-dimensional perception (pictorial cues, motion cues and binocular disparities), cross-modal perception (vision-audition), temporal dynamics of perception (in particular bistable perception), and probabilistic modelling of perception (Bayesian models). More details can be found on the research web page.


I have taught experimental psychology at the University of Glasgow and product design at the Glasgow School of Arts. I now give a few lectures in the masters of cognitive sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, EHESS, Universités Paris 5 et Paris 6. I am also responsible for the Psychology Section of this masters of cognitive sciences.


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