Yves Boubenec

Name (First LAST): Yves BOUBENEC
Phone: +33 (0)1 44 32 26 78
Email: boubenec (at) ens.fr
Position: Associate Professor at LSP
LSP team: audition, neurophysiology
Office: 29 rue d'Ulm, 2nd floor, room 203

Short Biography

Yves Boubenec was born in Toulon (France) and was trained in the École Normale Supérieure (ENS, Paris, France). He then obtained a Masters in Neurobiology (ENS, Institut Pasteur, UPMC, Paris, France) and a PhD in Neurosciences (UNIC, Gif-sur-Yvette, France). He has worked in the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (Japan) and in the Institute for Systems Research (Maryland, USA). He is now associate professor in the Laboratory of Perceptive Systems in the École Normale Supérieure.


Research Interests

How does the central nervous system process complex statistics scene? How does attention shape our perception?

My current research topics involve processing of sound statistics by the auditory system, and in particular detection of change in auditory textures, combining both psychophysics in humans, and recordings in behaving animals. I am also working on the interaction between prefrontal cortex (PFC) and auditory cortex when animals are engaged in a task, using optogenetics tools for manipulating circuit activity and fast ultrasound imaging to monitor brain area activity and interactions at large scale.

Extended CV here


I have taught physiology of perception in high schools and popularized science for various public. I teach neurophysiology of auditory perception at the École Normale Supérieure (IMaLiS and Cogmaster). I also organize a IEC course for students interested in the neurophysiology of decision-making and attention.


Publications & recent communications

  • Articles

Boubenec, Y., Lawlor, J., Shamma, S.A. & Englitz, B.E. (2016). Change detection in auditory textures. Adv Exp Med Biol. 894:229-39.

Boubenec, Y., Claverie, L., Shulz, D.E. & Debrégeas, G. (2014). An Amplitude Modulation/Demodulation Scheme for Whisker-Based Texture Perception. J Neurosci, 34 33, 10832-10843.

Boubenec, Y., Shulz, D.E. & Debrégeas, G. (2012). Whisker encoding of mechanical events during active tactile exploration. Front Behav Neurosci, 6, 74.

  • Recent communications

Change detection in auditory textures, International Symposium for Hearing 2015, Groningen, Netherlands.

Task-dependent memory trace in ferret primary auditory cortex, Société des Neurosciences 2015, Montpellier, France.

Integration of statistical information in complex acoustical environments, ARO 2015, Baltimore, USA.

  • Chapter

Debrégeas, G. & Boubenec, Y. (2014). Physics and Biology: From Molecules to Life. Sensing through friction: the biomechanics of texture perception in rodents and primates. World Scientific.


Current administration

  • Management of the neurophysiology platform in LSP (ENS).
  • Co-investigator for the Agir Pour l'Audition Grant: Plasticité corticale des ensembles neuronaux liée à la mémoire auditive et l’apprentissage auditif


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