Prof. Wolfgang Ellermeier, Ph.D.


Working area(s)

Research group Ellermeier


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64283 Darmstadt

  • Applied Psychoacoustics / Sound Quality
  • Noise Sensitivity
  • Psychophysics
  • Irrelevant Speech Effect
  • Ellermeier, W., Kattner, F., & Raum, A. (2021). Cross-modal commutativity of magnitude productions of loudness and brightness. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.
  • Ellermeier, W., Kattner, F., Klippenstein, E., Kreis, M. & Marquis-Favre, C. (2020). Short-term annoyance and electrodermal response as a function of sound-pressure level, cognitive task load, and noise sensitivity. Noise & Health, 22, 46-55. doi:10.4103/nah.NAH_47_19
  • Kern, A. C., & Ellermeier, W. (2020). Audio in VR: Effects of a Soundscape and Movement-Triggered Step Sounds on Presence. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 7.
  • Kattner, F., & Ellermeier, W. (2020). Distraction at the Cocktail Party: Attenuation of the Irrelevant Speech Effect After a Training of Auditory Selective Attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 46(1), 10-20.
  • Gutjahr, M. O., Ellermeier, W., Hardy, S., Göbel, S., Wiemeyer, J. (2019). The pupil response as an indicator of user experience in a digital exercise game. Psychophysiology, e13418.
  • Schlittenlacher, J., Staab, K., Çelebi, Ö., Samel, A. & Ellermeier, W. (2019). Determinants of the irrelevant speech effect: Changes in spectrum and envelope. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145(6), 3625–3632. PDF (opens in new tab)
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  • Ueda, K., Nakajima, Y., Kattner, F. & Ellermeier, W. (2019). Irrelevant speech effects with locally time-reversed speech: Native vs non-native language. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145, 3686-3694. PDF (opens in new tab)
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  • Kattner, F. & Ellermeier, W. (2018). Emotional prosody of task-irrelevant speech interferes with the retention of serial order. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 44(8), 1303-1312.
  • Vallin, P.-A., Marquis-Favre, C., Gille, L.-A., & Ellermeier, W. (2018). Selection of a sound propagation model for noise annoyance prediction: A perceptual approach. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143, 1283-1286. PDF (opens in new tab)
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  • Ueda, K., Nakajima, Y., Ellermeier, W., & Kattner, F. (2017). Intelligibility of locally time-reversed speech: A multilingual comparison. Scientific Reports, 7, 1782.
  • Schlittenlacher, J., Ellermeier, W., & Avci, G. (2017). Simple reaction time for broadband sounds compared to pure tones. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79(2), 628-636.
  • Birkenbusch, J. & Ellermeier, W. (2016). Axiomatic evaluation of k-multiplicativity in ratio scaling: Investigating numerical distortion. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 75, 26-33.
  • Schlittenlacher, J. & Ellermeier, W. (2015). Simple reaction time to the onset of time-varying sounds. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 77, 2424–2437
  • Ellermeier, W., Kattner, F., Ueda, K., Doumoto, K., & Nakajima, Y. (2015). Memory disruption by irrelevant noise-vocoded speech: Effects of native language and the number of frequency bands. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138, 1561-1569.
  • Birkenbusch, J., Ellermeier, W., & Kattner, F. (2015). Octuplicate this interval! Axiomatic examination of the ratio properties of duration perception. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 77, 1767-1780.
  • Schlittenlacher, J., Ellermeier, W. & Hashimoto, T. (2015). Spectral loudness summation: Shortcomings of current standards. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America – Express Letters, 137, EL26-EL31.
  • Ellermeier, W., Kattner, F., Kurtze, L., & Bös, J. (2014). Psychoacoustic characterization of the noise produced by photovoltaic inverters. Acta Acustica united with Acustica, 100(6), 1120-1128.
  • Schlittenlacher, J., Ellermeier, W. & Arseneau, J. (2014). Binaural loudness gain measured by simple reaction time. Attention, Perception \& Psychophysics, 76(5), 1465-1472.
  • Parizet, E., Ellermeier, W. & Robart, R. (2014). Auditory warnings for electric vehicles: Detectability in normal-vision and visually-impaired listeners. Applied Acoustics, 86, 50–58. PDF (opens in new tab)
  • Kattner, F. & Ellermeier, W. (2014). Fractionation of pitch intervals: An axiomatic study testing monotonicity, commutativity, and multiplicativity in musicians and non-musicians. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 76(8), 2508-2521.
  • Kattner, F. & Ellermeier, W. (2014). Irrelevant speech does not interfere with serial recall in early blind listeners. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(11), 2207-2217.
  • Ellermeier, W. & Zimmer, K. (2014). The psychoacoustics of the irrelevant sound effect. Acoustical Science and Technology, 35(1), 10-16. PDF (opens in new tab)
  • Parizet, E., Robart, R., Chamard, J., Schlittenlacher, J., Pondrom, P., Ellermeier, W., Biancardi, F., Janssens, K., Speed-Andrews, P., Cockram, J, & Hatton, G., (2013). Detectability and annoyance of warning sounds for electric vehicles. Paper presented at ICA 2013 Montreal. Montreal, Canada. PDF (opens in new tab)
  • Kattner, F., Ellermeier, W., & Tavakoli, P. (2012). Both trace and delay conditioning of evaluative responses depend on contingency awareness. Learning and Motivation, 43, 35-47.
  • Kattner, F. & Ellermeier, W. (2011). Does evaluative learning rely on the perception of contingency? Manipulating contingency and US density during evaluative conditioning. Experimental Psychology, 58, 391-399.
  • Ellermeier, W., Kattner, F., Kurtze, L., Roos, M., Seeber, S. & Bös, J. (2011). Psychophysical scaling of the annoyance produced by photovoltaic inverters. Paper presented at Forum Acusticum 2011. Aalborg, Denmark
  • Sivonen, V.P. & Ellermeier, W. (2008). Binaural loudness for artificial-head measurements in directional sound fields. Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, 56(6), 452-461.
  • Ellermeier, W. & Hellbrück, J. (2008). Hören – Psychoakustik – Audiologie. In S. Weinzierl (Hrsg.), Handbuch der Audiotechnik (S. 41-86). Berlin: Springer.
  • Zimmer, K., Ghani, J. & Ellermeier, W. (2008). The role of task interference and exposure duration in judging noise annoyance. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 311, 1039-1051. PDF (opens in new tab)
  • Song, W., Ellermeier, W. & Hald, J. (2008). Using beamforming and binaural synthesis for the psychoacoustical evaluation of target sources in noise. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 123(2), 910-924. PDF (opens in new tab)
  • Pedersen, B. & Ellermeier, W. (2008). Temporal weights in the level discrimination of time-varying sounds. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 123(2), 963-972. PDF (opens in new tab)
  • Wickelmaier, F. & Ellermeier, W. (2007). Deriving auditory features from triadic comparisons. Perception & Psychophysics, 69(2), 287-297. PDF (opens in new tab)
  • Sivonen, V.P. & Ellermeier, W. (2006). Directional loudness in an anechoic sound field, head-related transfer functions, and binaural summation. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 119(5), 2965-2980. PDF (opens in new tab)
  • Zimmer, K. (2005). Examining the validity of numerical ratios in loudness fractionation. Perception & Psychophysics, 67(4), 569-579. PDF (opens in new tab)
  • Zimmer, K., Ellermeier, W. & Schmid, C. (2004). Using probabilistic choice models to investigate auditory unpleasantness. Acta acustica united with Acustica, 90(6), 1019-1028. PDF (opens in new tab)
  • Hellbrück, J. & Ellermeier, W. (2004). Hören. Physiologie, Psychologie und Pathologie. Göttingen: Hogrefe.
  • Ellermeier, W., Mader, M. & Daniel, P. (2004). Scaling the unpleasantness of sounds according to the BTL model: Ratio-scale representation and psychoacoustical analysis. Acta acustica united with Acustica 90(1), 101-107. PDF (opens in new tab)
  • Zimmer, K. & Ellermeier, W. (2003). Deriving ratio-scale measures of sound quality from paired comparisons. Noise Control Engineering Journal 51(4), 210-215.
  • Ellermeier, W., Eigenstetter, M. & Zimmer, K. (2001). Psychoacoustic correlates of individual noise sensitivity. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 109, 1464-1473.
  • Ellermeier, W. & Faulhammer, G. (2000). Empirical evaluation of axioms fundamental to Stevens' ratio-scaling approach: I. Loudness production. Perception & Psychophysics, 62(8), 1505-1511. PDF (opens in new tab)
  • Zimmer, K. & Ellermeier, W. (1999). Psychometric properties of four measures of noise sensitivity: A comparison. Journal of Environmental Psychology., 19, 295-302. PDF (opens in new tab)
  • Daniel, P., Ellermeier, W. & Leclerc, P. (1998). Tonalness and unpleasantness of tire sounds: Methods of assessment and psychoacoustical modelling. Euro-Noise 98.
  • Ellermeier, W. & Hellbrück, J. (1998). Is level irrelevant in „irrelevant speech“? Effects of loudness, signal-to-noise ratio and binaural unmasking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 24, 1406-1414.
  • Zimmer, K. & Ellermeier, W. (1998). Konstruktion und Evaluation eines Fragebogens zur Erfassung der individuellen Lärmempfindlichkeit [Construction and evaluation of a questionnaire for measuring individual noise sensitivity]. Diagnostica, 44, 11-20.
  • Ellermeier, W. & Zimmer, K. (1997). Individual differences in susceptibility to the „irrelevant speech effect.“ Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 102, 2191-2199.
  • Zimmer, K. & Ellermeier, W. (1997). Eine deutsche Version der Lärmempfindlichkeitsskala von Weinstein [German version of Weinstein's noise sensitivity scale]. Zeitschrift für Lärmbekämpfung, 44, 107-110.
  • Ellermeier, W. (1997). On separating pain from the willingness to report it. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 20, 448-449.
  • Colonius, H. & Ellermeier, W. (1997). Second-order distribution inequalities for parallel systems, with an application to auditory profile analysis. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 41, 19-27.
  • Ellermeier, W. (1996). Detectability of increments and decrements in spectral profiles. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 99, 3119-3125.
  • Ellermeier, W. & Westphal, W. (1995). Gender differences in pain ratings and pupil responses to painful pressure stimuli. Pain, 61, 435-439.
  • Ellermeier, W. & Emmerich, D.S. (1993). Reaction times to unidirectional frequency changes: A test of Zwicker's excitation-pattern model. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 94, 3144-3152.
  • Hübner, R. & Ellermeier, W. (1993). Additivity of loudness across critical bands: A critical test. Perception & Psychophysics, 54, 185-189.
  • Ellermeier, W., Westphal, W. & Heidenfelder, M. (1991). On the „absoluteness“ of category and magnitude scales of pain. Perception & Psychophysics, 49, 156-166.
  • Emmerich, D.S., Ellermeier, W. & Butensky, B. (1989). A reexamination of the frequency discrimination of random-amplitude tones, and a test of Henning's modified energy-detector model. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 85, 1153-1659.
  • Emmerich, D.S., Fantini, D.A. & Ellermeier, W. (1989). An investigation of the facilitation of simple auditory reaction time by predictable background stimuli. Perception & Psychophysics, 45, 66-70.
with David S. Emmerich in the psychoacoustics lab SSB 217
with David S. Emmerich in the psychoacoustics lab SSB 217

Wolfgang Ellermeier majored in psychology at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Subsequently he started his doctoral studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he learned the ropes in the psychoacoustics laboratory of David S. Emmerich and received his Ph.D. degree in experimental psychology in 1988. He spent his post-doctoral years back in Germany, at the University of Regensburg, where he completed his ‘Habilitation’ (a postdoctoral lecture qualification) on auditory profile analysis in 1995.

In 2001 he was appointed to head an interdisciplinary research program investigating basic issues of sound quality assessment and sound design at Aalborg University in Northern Denmark. This ‘Sound Quality Research Unit’ was co-sponsored by leading Danish acoustics companies/agencies such as Bang & Olufsen, Brüel & Kjær, and Delta. Between 2001 and 2006 it produced a sizeable number of publications, patents, and most importantly, young researchers trained both in the engineering and psychoacoustics aspects of hearing science.

In 2007, Wolfgang Ellermeier became a professor of ‘applied cognitive psychology’ at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. His principal research interests are psychoacoustics, psychophysical methodology, and mathematical psychology.

I am very proud to have been awarded the 'medaille étrangère' (opens in new tab) (foreign medal of the French Acoustical Society) in 2018. I consider that a great honor – documenting a long-standing, inspiring, and always most pleasant collaboration with colleagues all over France.

Je me sens très honoré d’avoir reçu la médaille étrangère de la Société Française d’Acoustique (SFA) en 2018. Pour moi, cette reconnaissance documente une coopération de longue durée, vivante et souvent conviviale avec un bon nombre de collègues de chaque coin de l’hexagone.