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Team “Control- Interoception – Attention”
Team leader(s)
Philippe FOSSATI MD, PhD, PU-PH, Sorbonne université, AP-HP
Liane SCHMIDT PhD, CR2, INSERM
Goal directed behavior, social, moral cognition, motivation Main domain: Cognition Subdomain : Clinical & translational neurosciences Philippe FOSSATI & Liane SCHMIDT ’s team aims to understand how cognitive control processes integrate external and internal signals, and how this integration takes place on behavioral and neural levels, in healthy subjects and patients with impaired cognitive control (i.e., in depression and obesity). For more information
Team “Frontal functions and pathology”
Team leader(s)
Richard LEVY MD, PhD, PU-PH, Sorbonne university, AP-HP
Connectivity: frontal parietal,temporal and frontal-subcortical networks
Main domain: Cognition
Subdomain : Clinical & translational neurosciences

Richard LEVY’s team aims to better understand the role and organization of the PreFrontal Cortex (PFC) in the control, in activatory and inhibitory modes, of "willed/voluntary/conscious/goal-directed behaviors", its role as a controller and its involvement in the most “creative” aspects of thinking and how it functionally and structurally interacts with other brain structures. For that, the team will
  • Pursue projects on creativity, reasoning, apathy and brain networks
  • Expand onto some new fundamental topics, such as the neural basis of impulsivity, ecological study of goal-directed behavior and translational applications
  • Characterize and treat pathologies associated with impairments of frontal functions.
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Team “Physiological investigation of clinically normal and impaired cognition”
Team leader(s)
Paolo BARTOLOMEO MD, PhD, DR2, INSERM
Laurent COHEN MD, PhD, PU-PH, Sorbonne University, AP-HP
Lionel NACCACHE MD, PhD, PU-PH, Sorbonne University, AP-HP
Cognition: creative thinking, reasoning, semantic, syntax
Main domain: Cognition
Subdomain :  Clinical & translational neuroscience

Laurent COHEN, Lionel NACCACHE & Paolo BARTOLOMEO’s team explores the neural bases of cognitive functions in humans. They work with both healthy and brain-damaged persons, using behavioral methods and a full panel of brain imaging techniques (anatomical,  functional and diffusion-based MRI, EEG, MEG, intracerebral recordings). Their goal is not only the fundamental deciphering of cognitive functions, but also the development of clinically useful tools for the diagnosis and rehabilitation of patients. For more information
Team “Motivation, brain and behavior”
Team leader(s)
Sebastien BOURET PhD, CR2, CNRS
Jean DAUNIZEAU PhD,CR1, INSERM
Mathias PESSIGLIONE PhD, DR2, INSERM
Goal directed behavior, social, moral cognition, motivation
Main domain: Cognition

Mathias PESSIGLIONE, Jean DAUNIZEAU & Sébastien BOURET’s team aims to build a neuro-computational model of how the brain motivates behavior, which would explain irrational behaviors in the normal population, and motivational disorders in pathological conditions. For more information