Professor Pisoni received the B.A. in Psychology from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1968 and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1971. He was an NIH post-doctoral fellow at MIT in 1975-76. In 1971, Professor Pisoni joined the IU faculty as an assistant professor of psychology and in 1973 became Director of the IU Speech Research Laboratory. He is the recipient of the 1996-97 Tracy M. Sonneborn Award. His research interests include acoustic analysis, synthesis and perception of speech sounds; spoken word recognition and lexical access; spoken language comprehension, perceptual development, cognitive neuropsychology, neurolinguistics, hearing impairment, and cochlear implants. His recent work at the IU Medical Center on speech perception and speech in children with cochlear implants has had important clinical applications.
He was a Guggenheim Fellow (1978-79) and was presented with the James McKeen Cattell Award in 1985. Among his varied professional experience, Professor Pisoni was Visiting Research Associate, Haskins Laboratories, Yale University; Member, NIMH Personality and Cognition Research Review Committee; Research Associate and Visiting Scientist, Speech Communications Group, Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT. He also served on the editorial boards of Cognitive Psychology, Perception & Psychophysics, and Computer Speech and Language.
He is the author of numerous articles, books, and book chapters. His work has appeared in such journals as the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition; Speech Communications; Journal of the Acoustical Society of America; Cognitive Psychology; Perception & Psychophysics; and Ear & Hearing. In 1997 he published a research monograph entitled Alcohol and Speech with Steven Chin which reviews and interprets all the published scientific literature on the effects of alcohol on speech production. The book also reports new findings.
Pisoni received the IU Bicentennial Medal in September 2020 in recognition of his distinguished contributions to Indiana University.