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Sven Mattys



  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, PhD in Psychology, 1997 
  • Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles, BA in Psychology, 1993  


After graduating from the Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles in 1993, I moved to the USA to carry out my PhD studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1997). I remained in America as a postdoctoral researcher at the Johns Hopkins University (1997-1999) and then at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles (1999-2000), before moving to the University of Bristol in 2001. I joined the University of York in 2012. 

Departmental roles

  • Research committee member



My background is in experimental psycholinguistics. I am particularly interested in the perceptual, cognitive, and physiological mechanisms underlying speech recognition. Although the populations I have investigated so far (normal-hearing adults, hearing-impaired adults, and infants) vary widely in their quantitative and qualitative exposure to the spoken language, a number of research questions apply to all of them: How are novel spoken words learned? What is the time-course of speech processing? How is speech segmentation carried out? How are words represented in the lexicon? How do we recognise speech in adverse conditions?


  • ESRC: "Split listening: A cognitive investigation of speech perception in adverse conditions", with co-PIs Sarah Knight and Ronan McGarrigle, 2023-2025
  • The Leverhulme Trust: "Cognitive listening: Speech perception in noise within a cognitive framework", 2019-2023


  • Emily Rice (PhD)
  • Alex Mepham (PhD)


Selected publications

See York Research Database. 



  • Hearing (Year 1)
  • Language development (Year 1)
  • Language development practical (Year 1)


  • Empirical project

External activities


  • Psychonomics Society
  • Experimental Psychology Society

Editorial duties

  • Action editor: Journal of Acoustical Society of America
  • Consulting editor: Journal of Memory and Language, Journal of Experimental Psychology: LMC, Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, Applied Psycholinguistics.
  • Grant assessment panel member: ESRC, UKRI, European Science Foundation, Flanders Research Foundation


Contact details

Sven Mattys
Department of Psychology
Room PS/C105

Tel: 01904 323145