The long-term objective of this project is to apply high field MRI eventually combined with other neuroscience approaches, to develop physical (e.g. electric neurostimulation) and/or chemical (e.g. pharmacological delivery) devices of neuromodulation that target neuronal sites and manipulate specific aspects of cognition, motor behavior or consciousness, leading ultimately to the development of treatments for patients with related diseases (e.g. disorders of consciousness, Parkinson's disease...).
The LaPsyDÉ is one of the few lab in France conducting basic researches from childhood to adulthood that combine (1) integrated behavioral approaches of cognitive development in different domains (object perception, numerical cognition, categorization, reasoning, decision making and creativity) and (2) multimodal brain imaging (anatomical and functional MRI, high density EEG) of brain development, especially in normal preschoolers and school-age children. Our fundamental researches have also direct applications, in particular in education.
Over the past 4 years, we have been studying psychiatric disorders and addictions that are prevalent and have a high social cost. We use magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography to capture brain images in severely impaired patients and to assess the effects of treatment on brain function. We are based in the Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot (SHFJ), Orsay. We also collaborate with a network of psychiatrists within the Paris area and collaborate on large data sets with North Europe research teams.