Cognition and Pathophysiology of basal ganglia

This team is interested in both physiological and pathophysiological (Parkinson’s disease) contribution of this
brain system. More precisely, the research performed by this team aims at deciphering at the behavioural, neuronal and
circuit levels the impact of mesostriatal dopamine loss.

Attention, cerebral dynamics and chronometry

The members of this new team are mainly concerned with the neural processes underlying timing and executive
control, focusing on a core network of cortical and subcortical structures encompassing the (pre)Supplementary Motor
Area, the inferior frontal gyrus (especially in the right hemisphere), and the basal ganglia.

Neural bases of spatial cognition

Our research takes a multidisciplinary approach to the problem of how animals process spatial information to navigate in space. Recent progress on the neurophysiological bases of spatial knowledge provides support for biologically realistic computational models inspired by the concepts of cognitive psychology. Accordingly, we study not only how animals perceive and navigate in space but also the involvement of several neural systems in these abilities.

Neural bases of sensori-motor behavior

Notre groupe de recherche s’intéresse aux bases neurales du contrôle des mouvements volontaires et de la posture chez l’humain. Le travail porte sur les processus de base de ce contrôle tels que les transformations sensorimotrices et le maintien de leur précision lors d’altérations des systèmes sensorimoteurs. A l’aide d’études neurophysiologiques et comportementales, nous cherchons à comprendre les liens entre informations sensorielles, représentations internes et production du mouvement (e.g., mouvements oculaire et manuel, marche).

Music, language and writing ( MuLaW )

Our aim is to explore how music and writing contribute to language learning. To address these general questions we use sophisticated measures of behavior (auditory psychophysics, fine-grained kinematics) together with different measures of brain activity and brain structure (ERPs, functional and structural MRI) both in children and in adults, without and with learning disabilities. A critical factor for an efficient approach of learning is the development of optimal training paradigms, which are at the core of all the projects.

Neurodevelopment of motor and social cognition

The research domain of the team concerns the understanding of brain maturation and development processes
allowing harmonious relationships between motor control and social cognition in Humans. In particular, the team focuses
on critical periods of brain maturation such as infancy and adolescence. Initially focused on healthy brain development,
the team also looks at neurodevelopmental pathologies such as autism spectrum disorder.

Neural basis of somatosensory functions

Notre équipe s’intéresse aux neurones sensoriels qui transmettent les stimuli thermaux, chimiques et mécaniques. Son but est de comprendre les mécanismes moléculaires de la somatosthésie, le processus par lequel nous ressentons le toucher et la douleur et plus précisément d’identifier les molécules qui régulent l’électrogenèse des neurones sensoriels et détectent les stimuli environnementaux. Les recherches conduites au laboratoire se focalisent également sur la fonction du système nerveux entérique dans les maladies gastroentérologiques et neurologiques.

Brain, Obesity and diet imbalance

Neuronal and glial substrates of homeostatic regulation of energy balance: the research performed by this team
aims at an in depth understanding of the cerebral systems involved in the regulation of food intake, with a special
emphasis on the hypothalamus and dorsal vagal complex.

Sensory and Cognitive Rehabilitation (EX LNSC)

  The Sensory and Cognitive Rehabilitation team studies cognitive, psychological, and sensorimotor abilities and their interactions. The goals are to define the markers characterizing the disorders at each of these levels, to evaluate the rehabilitation processes and their underlying mechanisms, and to analyze the transfer of the consequences of rehabilitation from one of these levels to the others.

Multisense and Body Team (EX LNSC)

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Pathophysiology and Therapy of Vestibular Disorder (EX LNSC)

  Composed of researchers, teacher-researchers and clinicians, our team studies the endogenous reactionnal mechanisms involved at peripheral and central levels following vestibular insults, in order to promote therapeutic solutions to restore posture and balance functions.

Neuronal Dynamics and Audition (EX LNSC)

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Technical Team