Research teams

Cognition and social neuroscience

"Deepening the study of socially regulated cognition"

Perception and attention

"The perception of natural visual scenes and the recognition of familiar forms (letters, words, objects and handwriting)"

Developpement and cognitive agings

"Studying Development and Cognitive Aging"


"To better understand the complex organization of language: its acquisition, its normal and pathological functioning, as well as its cerebral implementation"

Comparative cognition

"Better define the human cognitive processes through cognitions of other species"



  • Brain & Language Research Institute
  • Institute of Language, Communication & the Brain 
  • Tremplin Carnot - Institut Cognition

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  1. Victoires de la Santé
  2. Prix de thèse 2019 AMU

    Joshua Snell (sous la direction de Jonathan Grainger) obtient le prix de thèse Aix-Marseille Université 2019

  3. Nature Human Behavior: How implicit biases create gender discrimination

    In an article in Nature Human Behavior, Isabelle Régner (Social Cognition team) and her colleagues show that committees with implicit biases promote fewer women when they do not believe gender bias exists. Even scientists have gender stereotypes … which can hamper the career of women researchers.

  4. How is the human brain unique?

    Although the relative expansion of the frontal cortex in primate evolution is generally accepted, the nature of the human uniqueness, if any, and between-species anatomo-functional comparisons of the frontal areas remain controversial. To provide a novel interpretation of the evolution of primate brains, sulcal morphological variability of the medial frontal cortex was assessed in Old World monkeys (macaque/baboon) and Hominoidea (chimpanzee/ human). We show that both Hominoidea possess a paracingulate sulcus, which was previously thought to be unique to the human brain and linked to higher cognitive functions, such as mentalizing.

  5. PNAS: Constraints on the lexicons of human languages have cognitive roots

    In an article in PNAS, Emmanuel Chemla (LSCP, CNRS, ENS) together with Isabelle Dautriche (Language team) and Joel Fagot (Comparative Cognition team) show that learning biases for connectedness are present in baboons, suggesting that the shape of the world’s languages (both content and logical words) has roots in general, nonlinguistic, cognitive biases.

  6. Arthur Jacobs avec ses directeurs de thèse, Ariane Levy-Schoen et Kevin O'Regan
    Prix Gay-Lussac Humboldt

    Arthur Jacobs obtient le prix Gay-Lussac-Humboldt 2018. Il était l'un des acteurs majeurs dans le domaine de la psychologie cognitive des années 90 à Marseille, ancien membre du centre de recherches en neurosciences cognitives fondé par Jean Requin, il a dirigé la thèse de M. Montant, A. Rey et J. Ziegler. Aujourd'hui professeur à la Freie Universität Berlin, il codirige avec J. Ziegler la thèse de Marion Fechino (LPC, ED 356) sur « poésie et cerveau ». Photo : Avec ses directeurs de thèse, Ariane Lévy-Schoen et Kevin O'Regan, lors de la cérémonie à l'Académie des Sciences le 7 Mai 2019.

  7. Grammatical class modulates the (left) inferior frontal gyrus within 100 milliseconds

    In an article in Scientific Reports, Francois-Xavier Alario (Language team) and colleagues showed showed rapid (from ~80 ms onwards) noun-verb differences in the left and (to a lesser extent) right inferior frontal gyri (IFG), but only when those nouns and verbs were preceded by the syntactically predictive context (i.e. their corresponding pronoun).This suggests that syntactic unification manifests very early on during processing in the LIFG. The speed of such syntactic unification operations is hypothesized to be driven by predictive top-down activations stemming from a domain-general network in the prefrontal cortex.

  8. Prix international de la Fondation Fyssen