Pauline Larrouy-Maestri, PhD

Main research areas

  • Auditory processing in language and music
  • Music perception/ evaluation/ preference
  • Singing performance
  • Melodic representation in speech prosody


Academic Education

2013­–2014Visit at the Auditory Perception and Action Laboratory, State University of New York at Buffalo, US
2009–2013Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Liège, Belgium
2006–2010Bachelor in Music (instrument: piano), Royal Conservatory of Mons, Belgium
2007–2009Master in Speech Therapy, University of Brussels (ULB), Belgium
2005–2007Bachelor in Speech Therapy, University of Brussels (ULB), Belgium
2003–2005Bachelor in Psychology, University of Toulouse (Mirail), France
2002–2004Bachelor in Pedagogy, University of Toulouse (Mirail), France
1999–2003University Degree in Music Therapy, University of Montpellier (Paul-Valéry), France


Since 2014Post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics
2009–2014Assistant at the Psychology Department, University of Liège, Belgium
2009–2011Speech Therapist (freelance)
1999–2009Music performer, music teacher (freelance)



Larrouy-Maestri, P., Wang, X., Vairo Nunes, R., & Poeppel, D. (In press). Are you your best judge?: On the self-evaluation of singing. Journal of Voice

Larrouy-Maestri, P., Poeppel, D., & Pfordresher. (In press). Pitch units in music and speech prosody. In How language speaks to music: prosody from a cross-domain perspective, Richard Wiese, Mathias Scharinger Eds.

Holz, N., Larrouy-Maestri, P., & Poeppel, D. (2021). The paradoxical role of emotional intensity in the perception of vocal affect. Scientific Reports 119663

Durojaye, C. Fink, L., Roeske, T., Wald-Fuhrmann, M., Larrouy-Maestri, P. (2021). Perception of Nigerian Dùndún Talking Drum Performances as Speech-Like vs. Music-Like: The Role of Familiarity and Acoustic Cues, Frontiers in Psychology, 12:652673. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.652673

Harrison, P., Marjieh, R., Adolfi, F., van Rijn, P., Anglada-Tort, M., Tchernichovski, O., Larrouy-Maestri, P. & Jacoby, N. (2020). Gibbs Sampling with people. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 33 (NeurIPS 2020)

Larrouy-Maestri, P. (2020). Evaluation tools in singing education. In The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing, Volume II: Education, Eds. H.R. Gudmundsdottir, C. Beyron, & A.J. Cohen. 

Roeske, T.C., Larrouy-Maestri, P., Sakamoto, Y., & Poeppel, D. (2020). Listening to birdsong reveals basic features of rate perception and aesthetic judgements. Proceedings of the Royal Society B287(1923), 20193010.

Larrouy-Maestri, P., Harrison, P.M.C., & Müllensiefen, D. (2019). The Mistuning Perception Test: A new measurement instrument. Behavior Research Methods, 51(2), 663-675. doi: 10.3758/s13428-019-01225-1

Ayoub, M-R., Larrouy-Maestri, P., & Morsomme. (2019). The effect of smoking on the fundamental frequency of the speaking voice. Journal of Voice, 33(5), 11-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2018.04.001 

Larrouy-Maestri, P., & Pfordresher, P. (2018). Pitch perception in music: Do scoops matter? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 44(10), 1523-1541.doi: 10.1037/xhp0000550

Larrouy-Maestri, P. (2018). “I know it when I hear it”: On listeners’ perception of mistuning. Music & Science, 1, 1-17. doi: 10.1177/2059204318784582 

Merrill, J., & Larrouy-Maestri, P. (2017) Vocal features of song and speech: Insights from Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1108. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01108

Larrouy-Maestri, P. (2017). The influence of non-musical variables on the evaluation of vocal pitch accuracy. CFMAE Interdisciplinary Journal for Music and Art Pedagogy, Special Issue on Singing & Voice, 9, 123-141.

Larrouy-Maestri, P., Morsomme, D. Magis, D., & Poeppel, D. (2017). Lay listeners can evaluate the pitch accuracy of operatic voices. Music Perception,34(4), 489-495. doi:10.1525/MP.2017.34.4.489

Larrouy-Mestri, P. (2016). Justesse en voix chantée: bien évaluer pour bien guider. In De la voix parlée au chant, Claire Klein-Dallant Ed., ISBN: 978-1-234-56789-7. Pp. 515-522.

Larrouy-Maestri, P. (2015). Influence du stress sur la voix parlée et chantée. Langage et pratiques, 56, 33-42.

Larrouy-Maestri P., Magis D., Grabenhorst M., Morsomme D. (2015). Layman versus Professional Musician: Who Makes the Better Judge? PLoS ONE, 10(8): e0135394. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135394

Pfordresher, P. Q., & Larrouy-Maestri, P. (2015). On drawing a line through the spectrogram: How do we understand deficits of vocal pitch imitation? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience,9. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00271

Hutchins, S., Larrouy-Maestri, P., & Peretz, I. (2014). Singing ability is rooted in vocal-motor control of pitch. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics76(8), 2522-2530. doi: 10.3758/s13414-014-0732-1

Larrouy-Maestri, P., Magis, D., & Morsomme, D. (2014). The evaluation of vocal accuracy: The case of operatic singing voices. Music Perception, 32(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1525/MP.2014.32.1.1

Larrouy-Maestri, P., Magis, D., & Morsomme, D. (2014). The effect of melody and technique on the singing voice accuracy of trained singers. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 39, 126-129. doi: 10.3109/14015439.2013.777112

Larrouy-Maestri, P., Magis, D., & Morsomme, D. (2014). Effects of melody and technique on acoustical and musical features of Western operatic singing voices. Journal of Voice, 28(3), 332-340. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2013.10.019

Larrouy-Maestri, P., & Morsomme, D. (2014). Criteria and tools for objectively analysing the vocal accuracy of a popular song. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 39, 11-18. doi: 10.3109/14015439.2012.696139

Larrouy-Maestri, P., & Morsomme, D. (2014). The effects of stress on singing voice accuracy. Journal of Voice, 28(1), 52-58. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2013.07.008

Larrouy-Maestri, P. (2013). Evaluer la justesse d’une performance vocale mélodique. Cahiers de l’ASELF, 10(4), 3-13.

Larrouy-Maestri, P., Lévêque, Y., Schön, D., Giovanni, A., & Morsomme, D. (2013). The evaluation of singing voice accuracy: A comparison between subjective and objective methods. Journal of Voice, 27(2), 259e1-e5. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2012.11.003

Larrouy-Maestri, P., Leybaert, J., & Kolinsky, R. (2013). The benefit of musical and linguistic expertise on language acquisition in sung material. Musicae Scientae, 17(2), 217-228. doi: 10.1177/1029864912473470



Awards & Grants

Awards & Grants


Nominated and selected for “Sign Up! Careerbuilding for outstanding female post docs in the MPG”

2016Young Investigator Award from the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE) and the International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC14)
2015Merit scholarship program for foreign students (Bourses d´excellence pour étudiants étrangers, PBEEE) from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (> Research stay at McGill University, School of Communication, under the supervision of Prof. Marc Pell)
2013Patrimoine de l´Université de Liège and FNRS fundings (> Post doctoral training at the APAL Laboratory at the University at Buffalo (USA) under the supervision of Prof. Peter Pfordresher)
2011Grant at the "Concours de bourses de voyage" from the French Community of Belgium (> Doctoral training at the BRAMS Laboratory at Montreal under the supervision of Prof. Isabelle Peretz and Dr. Sean Hutchins




  • Cognitive Process behind Prosodic Perception

    The tone of the voice carries information about the emotional state or intention of a speaker. Whereas the nature of acoustic features of contrasted prosodic signals has attracted a lot of attention in the last decades (particularly since Banse ...

  • Acoustic and neural correlates of affect perception in screams

    Screaming is an ability we share with many other primates, and which we possess long before we learn to express our affective state with speech. Previous studies focusing on fearful screams highlighted certain acoustic features, such as roughness, ...

  • Singing Voice Preferences

    As suggested by the many singing contests and music programs in the media, the singing voice attracts ample attention. Recent studies showed that lay and expert listeners share similar definitions of what is “correct” when listening to ...

  • Does it Sound Right? Perception of Correctness in Music

    Listeners can easily say if a singer sounds in tune or out of tune (Larrouy-Maestri et al., 2013, 2015) and if a band plays on the beat or not. In fact, we are used to “categorize” what we hear and identify performances sounding wrong. ...

  • Are you speaking to me?

    Although we intuitively know if someone is speaking or singing, the neuronal mechanisms that drive this experience are not well understood. Whether we perceive auditory sequences as speech or song is associated with certain acoustic features ...

  • Neurophysiological tracking of music

    Music, like speech, can be considered as a continuous stream of sounds organized in hierarchical structures. Human listeners parse continuous speech into linguistic units of phrases and sentences. Inspired by EEG and MEG studies on speech parsing, ...

  • Inferring meaning from variably intense emotion expressions

    Whether conveyed by the face, body, or voice, nonverbal emotion expressions are ubiquitous. We are, generally speaking, quite good at inferring meaning from such expressions. It has long been suggested that the stronger an emotional state is ...