My goal is to understand how the human brain analyses and interprets sounds.


- Maastricht Brain Imaging Center (Director)
- Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University
- Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology (MaCSBio), Maastricht University


  • Formisano, E., Kim, D. S., Di Salle, F., van de Moortele, P. F., Ugurbil, K., and Goebel, R. (2003). Mirror-symmetric tonotopic maps in human primary auditory cortex. Neuron 40, 859-869.

  • Formisano, E., De Martino, F., Bonte, M., and Goebel, R. (2008). "Who" is saying "what"? Brain-based decoding of human voice and speech. Science 322, 970-973.

  • Riecke, L., Esposito, F., Bonte, M., and Formisano, E. (2009). Hearing illusory sounds in noise: the timing of sensory-perceptual transformations in auditory cortex. Neuron 64, 550-561.

  • De Martino F., Moerel M., van de Moortele P.F., Ugurbil K., Goebel R., Yacoub E., Formisano E. (2013) Spatial organization of frequency preference and selectivity in the human inferior colliculus. Nature Communications 4,1386

  • De Martino F., Moerel M., Ugurbil K., Goebel R., Yacoub E., Formisano E. (2015) Frequency preference and attention effects across cortical depths in the human primary auditory cortex. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 112, 16036-41.

  • Santoro R.*, Moerel M., De Martino F., Valente G., Ugurbil K., Yacoub E., Formisano E.* (2017). Reconstructing the spectrotemporal modulations of real-life sounds from fMRI response patterns. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 114, 4799-4804.  *equal contribution