Cognitive development and pathology


Research center

45 rue d’Ulm
75230 Paris
Marc Mézard


Ecole Normale Supérieure
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Ecole Normale Supérieure


Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique
UMR 8554
Labex Institut d'Etude de la Cognition


social cognition
developmental disorders
Available to host a PhD student


Roux P, Brunet-Gouet E, Passerieux C, Ramus F. Eye-tracking reveals a slowdown of social context processing during intention attribution in patients with schizophrenia. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2016 Mar;41(2):E13-21.

Jednoróg K, Marchewka A, Altarelli I, Monzalvo Lopez AK, van Ermingen-Marbach M, Grande M, Grabowska A, Heim S, Ramus F. How reliable are gray matter disruptions in specific reading disability across multiple countries and languages? insights from a large-scale voxel-based morphometry study. Hum Brain Mapp. 2015 Jan 17. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22734. 

Ramus F. Neuroimaging sheds new light on the phonological deficit in dyslexia. Trends Cogn Sci. 2014 Jun;18(6):274-5. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2014.01.009. Epub 2014 Feb 23.

Landerl, K.*, Ramus, F.*, Moll, K., Lyytinen, H., Leppänen, P. H. T., Lohvansuu, K., . . . Schulte-Körne, G. (in press). Predictors of developmental dyslexia in European orthographies with varying complexity. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. *equal contributors

Ramus, F., Marshall, C. R., Rosen, S., & van der Lely, H. K. J. (2013). Phonological deficits in specific language impairment and developmental dyslexia: towards a multidimensional model. Brain, 136(2), 630-645.

Giraud, A. L., & Ramus, F. (2013). Neurogenetics and auditory processing in developmental dyslexia. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 23(1), 37-42. 

Roux, P., Passerieux, C., & Ramus, F. (2013). Kinematics matters: a new eye-tracking investigation of animated triangles. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(2), 229-244.

Ramus, F., & Ahissar, M. (2012). Developmental dyslexia: the difficulties of interpreting poor performance, and the importance of normal performance. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 29(1-2), 104-122.

Fields of research

Cognitive neurosciences / neuropsychology /neuroeconomy

Research Theme

The leading thread behind our research can be summed up in this single question:

How can the human genome build a brain that can acquire a language, and other typically human cognitive skills?

We attempt to address this question by studying developmental disorders affecting language and/or social cognition (dyslexia, specific language impairment, autism), at all the relevant levels of description: cognitive, neural and genetic.

Lab rotation

Cortical oscillations in normal speech processing and in developmental dyslexia

Team leader: 

RAMUS Franck


January 2, 2018 - June 29, 2018

Application deadline: 

June 29, 2018


~ Jan-March 2018

~ April-June 2018


In the Dysbrain project, adult dyslexic and control  participants have undergone both an MRI scan and an MEG recording of their responses to auditory stimuli. This project would bear on the analysis of these MEG recordings, either to noise or to speech stimuli. The aim is both to illuminate some fundamental mechanisms of speech processing, and to understand to what extent these mechanisms differ in dyslexia.

Other projects are available:


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