Professor of neurology, university hospital of the Salpêtrière (Paris)
1983-1988: Residency in neurology
1988: Medical Degree, with distinction (University of Paris)
1988-1992: Fellowship in the neurology department, Hôpital de la Salpêtrière, Paris
1994: PhD in Cognitive Science, summa cum laude (supervision of Pr J. Mehler)
1996: License to supervise research (HDR, University of Paris)
since 1993: Permanent position in the neurology department, Hôpital de la Salpêtrière, Paris
1998-2002: Member of the research unit Inserm 334 Interface Imagerie Fonctionnelle Neurobiologie
since 2000: Professor of Neurology, Hôpital de la Salpêtrière & University of Paris
2002-2009: Head of the research team Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging in the research unit Inserm 562 Cognitive Neuroimaging (Director S. Dehaene)
since 2009: Head of the research team Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging in the ICM research center (Director B. Zalc)
For over 20 years, I have been associating teaching, clinical practice, and research in the field of cognitive neuroscience. My career evolved in the neurology department of the university hospital of the Salpêtrière in Paris, where I was in turn a resident, a fellow, and a permanent full time neurologist. In 2000, I was appointed Professor of neurology. I teach neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience to medical students as well as to psychology students and speech therapists. I am in charge of a clinical ward with about 15 neurological in-patients. My scientific activity has been dedicated to the study of higher cognitive functions, particularly language, reading, and mental calculation. This work resulted in a PhD thesis and in over 100 international publications in peer-reviewed journals (h-index ~ 53). I address these issues mainly through the study of brain damaged patients, combining concepts and methods derived from experimental psychology and neuropsychology with recent morphological and functional neuroimaging techniques. I have been a member of the Commission for Neurosciences at the INSERM and I am currently on the Scientific Committee of the Fyssen Foundation and the NRJ Foundation.
Selected publications (2007-2012) (h-index ~ 55; citations ~ 14000)
Szwed M, Dehaene S, Kleinschmidt A, Eger E, Valabregue R, Amadon A, Cohen L (2011) Specialization for written words over objects in the visual cortex. Neuroimage 56:330-344.
Dehaene S, Pegado F, Braga LW, Ventura P, Nunes Filho G, Jobert A, Dehaene-Lambertz G, Kolinsky R, Morais J, Cohen L (2010) How learning to read changes the cortical networks for vision and language. Science 330:1359-1364.
Qiao E, Vinckier F, Szwed M, Naccache L, Valabregue R, Dehaene S, Cohen L (2010) Unconsciously deciphering handwriting: subliminal invariance for handwritten words in the visual word form area. Neuroimage 49:1786-1799.
Bekinschtein TA, Dehaene S, Rohaut B, Tadel F, Cohen L, Naccache L (2009) Neural signature of the conscious processing of auditory regularities. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106:1672-1677.
Gaillard R, Dehaene S, Adam C, Clemenceau S, Hasboun D, Baulac M, Cohen L, Naccache L (2009) Converging intracranial markers of conscious access. PLoS Biol 7:e61.
Cohen L, Dehaene S, Vinckier F, Jobert A, Montavont A (2008) Reading normal and degraded words: Contribution of the dorsal and ventral visual pathways. Neuroimage 40:353-366.
Vinckier F, Dehaene S, Jobert A, Dubus JP, Sigman M, Cohen L (2007) Hierarchical coding of letter strings in the ventral stream: dissecting the inner organization of the visual word-form system. Neuron 55:143-156.