Yves Boubenec


Name (First LAST) : Yves BOUBENEC
Phone : +33 (0)1 44 32 26 78
Email : boubenec (at) ens.fr
Position : Assistant 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 CogMaster course for students interested in the neurophysiology of decision-making and attention.


Publications & recent communications

  • Articles

Boubenec Y, Lawlor J, Górska U, Shamma S & Englitz B (2017). Detecting changes in dynamic and complex acoustic scenes. eLife 2017 ;10.7554/eLife.24910.

Claverie L, Boubenec Y, Debrégeas G, Prevost A & Wandersman E (2017). Whisker contact detection of rodents based on slow and fast mechanical inputs. Front. Behav. Neurosci., 10:251.

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

Task engagement induces shift from sensory to behavioral representations in primary auditory cortex. Brain, Learning and Computation Workshop 2017, Bengalore, India.

Task engagement induces shift from sensory to behavioral representations in primary auditory cortex. Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience and Technology 2016, Hanghzou, China.

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.


Current administration

  • Management of the neurophysiology platform in LSP (ENS).


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