The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is a major challenge in Neurosciences. This brain region controls behavior adaptation and highercognitive functions that are needed for complex social interaction, abstract thinking, reasoning, planning or creativity.
Our team is built at the interface between basic research in cognition and clinical research in brain therapies.
We address two questions:
1) the bases of specifically human cognitive functions (language and social cognition), and the role of the striatum in such functions;
Study of fine-grained cognitive representations and processes underlying cognition and perception; of contrast between conscious and non-conscious operations, to identify signatures of conscious level processing.
Analyze the impact of education on the adult brain organization for reading and arithmetic.
Study the development of language and consciousness in human infants and young children and human adult architecture for sentence-level processing of language.