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David B. Pisoni is currently a Distinguished Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Chancellor’s Professor of Cognitive Science at Indiana University in Bloomington (IU). He is also an Adjunct Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Linguistics at IU where he has taught undergraduate and graduate classes and carried out basic, applied and clinical research on speech perception and spoken language processing since 1971. In addition to his research on spech perception and teaching in the Department of Psychological and Brian Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington, Professor Pisoni has also carried out clinical research on cochlear implants in deaf children and adults since 1992 at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis where he is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.
Professor Pisoni is one of the world’s leading research scientists in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Over his 50 year career at IU, he has carried out seminal research on human speech perception, spoken word recognition, language processing, and perceptual development in infants and children. He has also been engaged in pioneering research on applied problems for the United States Air Force dealing with the perception of synthesized speech in cognitively demanding environments as well as the effects of noise on speech production. His research for General Motor Research Laboratories in the early 1980’s on the effects of alcohol on speech articulation provided the underlying scientific foundation for the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation of the cause of the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in March of 1989.
Professor Pisoni has been working very closely with clinicians and research scientists at IU School of Medicine on a range of basic problems associated with hearing impairment in deaf children who use cochlear implants. This program of research has had important clinical applications for understanding the enormous variability in speech and language outcomes following implantation. Throughout his career, Professor Pisoni has made significant contributions in basic, applied, and clinical research in areas of speech and language processing. As the Program Director of the Indiana University, NIDCD T32 training program in Speech, Hearing, and Sensory Communication, the largest and longest running training program in the history of the NIDCD, he was closely involved in training and mentoring undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, residents and postdoctoral research fellows who worked with him and other affiliated faculty in the research laboratories in Bloomington and Indianapolis at IU School of Medicine. Professor Pisoni is continuing research collaborations with a number of faculty and research scientists both at Indiana University and at other research universities and institutes in the US and abroad.