Robert Remez

Professor of Psychology


Neuroscience & Behavior, Psychology


Robert Remez, professor of psychology, joined the faculty of Barnard in 1980. His teaching focuses on the relationships among perception, cognition and language. Support for research by Professor Remez and his students has been granted by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and, presently from the National Science Foundation. 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. A second line of research examines the perceptible differences between individual talkers and the phonetic and qualitative aspects of these indexical properties.

Professor Remez is the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Columbia University Seminars. He is a former 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. 

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

  • Speech perception
  • Speech acoustics
  • Perceptual organization
  • Perceptual identification of talkers

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

Remez, R. E. (in press). Thinking and talking about talking and thinking: the Seminar on Language and cognition (pp. 000-000). In T. Vinciguerra (Ed.), Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries: Essays on the 75th Anniversary of the Columbia University Seminars. New York: Columbia University Press.

Remez, R. E., Thomas, E. F., Crank, A. T., Kostro, K. B., Cheimets, C. B., & Pardo, J. S. (2018). Short-term perceptual tuning to talker characteristics. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 33,1083-1091. DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2018.1442580

Remez, R. E. (in press). Speech perception. In S. Gepshtein and L. Maloney (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Computational Perceptual Organization(pp. 000-000). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Remez, R. E., & Rubin, P. E. (2016). Perceptual organization and lawful specification. Ecological Psychology, 28, 160-165. doi: 10.1080/10407413.2016.1195188. PMID: 27642242.

Remez, R. E., Thomas, E. F., Wycoff, A. M., Giglio, R. E., Crank, A. T., Cheimets, C. B., & Koinis, S. M. (2016). Constraints on sensitivity to auditory modulation in the perceptual organization of speech. Experimental Aging Research, 42, 4–17. DOI: 10.1080/0361073X.2016.1108741. PMID: 26683038.

Newman, R. S., Chatterjee, M., Morini, G., & Remez, R. E. (2015). Toddlers’ comprehension of degraded signals: Noise-vocoded vs. sine-wave analogs. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America – Express Letters, 138, EL311-EL317. PMID: 26428832.

Remez, R. E. (2015). Analogy and disanalogy in the production and perception of speech. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30, 273-286. DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2014.906636. PMID: 25642428.

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.

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