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

2013-2014Post-Doc 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
2003-2005 Bachelor in Psychology, University of Toulouse (Mirail), France
2002-2004 Bachelor in Pedagogy, University of Toulouse (Mirail), France
1999-2003 University 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., 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

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





  • Melodic perception in language and music

    We can easily say if a singer sounds in tune or out of tune, we can also guess the emotional state of a person by listening to his/her voice. More generally, we are used to “categorize” or “interpret” the acoustical content of vocalizations. ...