PRISME : human behavior exploration core facility

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PRISME is the ICM’s core facility dedicated to the functional exploration of human behavior. It is divided into 2 entities: 1– PRISME-Virtual Reality that focuses on developing and adapting new paradigms of virtual reality for behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. The facility also means to set up new therapeutic protocols applied to neuropsychiatric diseases;
2– PRISME-Real life that is dedicated to the study of human cognitive functions, motor performance and social interaction in an ecological environment. Academic and industrial partners have access to the equipment and are helped by the team to design needed protocols. PRISME is part of the ICM core facility network (MRI, MEG/EEG, TMS…) which facilitates translational research projects.


PRISME-Virtual reality
Cognitive remediation programme, including web-therapy and virtual reality
• Exploration of walk, spatial cognition and interpersonal space
• Social interactions: Embodied conversational agents
• Virtual reality: Environments and avatars creation
PRISME-Real life
• Test of cognitive functions
• Assessment of sport performance
• Study of social interactions
• Automatic analysis of behavior
• Freely moving subjects
• Multimodal recordings
• Brain stimulation


PRISME-Virtual reality
• Four headmounted displays, including one with eye-tracking device
• One eye-tracker Eyelink (500Hz)
• Several virtual 3D and 2D environments (street, plane, mountain, subway, city, social interaction, etc.)
• Realistic conversational virtual humans
PRISME-Real life
• 12 computer-equipped seats
• Training bikes, treadmill and golf simulator
• Audio-video recording
• Eye-tracking
• Physiology monitoring (skin conductance, heart rate…)
• Brain activity (scalp EEG)
• Transcranial direct current stimulation


See our website for more informations.


Mathias Pessiglione —Scientific manager
Philippe Fossati —Scientific manager
Pierre Leboucher —Operational manager
Gilles Rautureau —Developer
Pierre Canet —Technical support
Odile Komano —Experimental therapist