• Cognition et neurosciences sociales
  • Langage
  • Développement et vieillissement des fonctions cognitives
  • Perception et attention
  • Le LPC à Saint Charles
  • Cognition comparée

Equipes de recherche

Cognition et neurosciences sociales

"Mieux comprendre comment les processus cognitifs sont influencés par le contexte social et environnemental"

Perception et attention

"Etudier les processus perceptifs, attentionnels et oculomoteurs mis en œuvre au quotidien lors de la lecture de textes, la perception de scènes visuelles naturelles et la reconnaissance de formes familières (lettres, mots, objets et écriture manuscrite)"

Développement et vieillissement cognitifs

"Etudier le développement et le vieillissement cognitif"


"Mieux comprendre l’organisation complexe du langage : son acquisition, son fonctionnement normal et pathologique, ainsi que son implémentation cérébrale"

Cognition comparée

"Mieux définir les processus cognitifs propres à l’humain à travers l'étude de la cognition d'autres espèces animales"



7 fév 2020 08:30

Workshop "1001 ways of communicating"

Campus St Charles, salle des voûtes

Dear colleagues,

We are running a thematic workshop entitled the 1001 ways of communicating, here in Saint Charles on 7th February 2020 (all day). We've got an excellent line of external speakers and local speakers that will talk about the major sensorimotor and cognitive acquisitions underlying the ability to communicate in pre- and non-verbal populations (infants and animals).

The preliminary program and link for registration are available at: https://1001waysofcom.wordpress.com. Registration is free but spaces may be limited.

We hope to see you there! (and sorry for cross-posting)

Christine Assaiante
Isabelle Dautriche
Clément François



14 fév 2020 11:00

Séminaire Sebastiaan Mathôt

Campus St Charles, salle des Voûtes

Séminaire Sebastiaan Mathôt
University of Groningen, The Netherlands

How working memory guides attention: From lab to life

When I'm looking for a red coffee cup, my gaze is automatically drawn towards other red objects. This happens because the color red (and other features of the coffee cup) serves as an "attentional template", and objects that match this template automatically attract attention. But what exactly is an attentional template? After all, giving something a name doesn't explain it. And are attentional templates artificial lab phenomena, or do they also play a role in real-life situations? In this talk, I will describe a series of studies, building on the work that I started at the LPC, in which we've tried to address these questions.


28 fév 2020 11:00

Séminaire Anne Reboul

Campus St Charles, salle des Voûtes

Séminaire Anne Reboul

Language evolution: communication and cognition


Anne Reboul, DR CNRS,  Institute for Cognitive Sciences-Marc Jeannerod, CNRS UMR 5304

I will quickly outline the type of research that I have done throughout my scientific life, with a special attention to recent work, mostly on the topic of language evolution. The two main questions regarding language evolution are to what extent abilities which are strongly linked to language in humans are also present in nonhuman animals, notably primates and also why, if they are found in nonhuman primates, language (seen as a whole) seems to be species specific. By now, everyone (including Chomsky) agrees that language is a collection of abilities (notwithstanding the distinction between the Faculty of Language in the Broad vs. in the Narrow Sense). In the Chomskyan paradigm, the idea is that the abilities in the FLB interact with the FLN which is reduced to a single simple syntactic operation, merge, and that these abilities can be divided between those relating to the externalization and those relating to the semantics of sentences. All of these abilities can be investigated as to whether or not they are found in nonhuman primates and have been so investigated notably by the Comparative Cognition team in the LPC. Interestingly, given that some theories saw language as strongly grounded in the vocal abilities of humans, it seems more and more obvious that at least some primate species share these abilities. Chomsky himself has consistently seen semantics (the so-called conceptual-intentional system) as more fundamental than externalization to language. I will explore the abilities that go into the conceptual-intentional system, some of which have already been investigated here at the LPC, and propose a few new lines of research.

6 mar 2020 11:00

Séminaire Jérôme Tagu

Campus Saint Charles - Salle PHY51

Séminaire Jérôme Tagu
Postdoc, Attaché Temporaire d'Enseignement et de Recherche
Laboratoire de Psychologie Caen Normandie, EA 7452, Université de Caen Normandie

How sighting eye dominance influences visual perception and oculomotor control

Résumé : Humans show several lateral preferences: they are more likely to choose a given hand, foot and eye when writing, kicking the ball and using a microscope. If handedness has repeatedly been shown to influence visual perception and visuo-motor performance, the role of other lateral preferences in perception and action is less understood. In this talk, I will present perceptual and motor asymmetries linked to sighting eye dominance. The sighting dominant eye, i.e., the one used to perform monocular tasks, is anatomically and functionally linked to the ipsilateral primary visual cortex (V1). As such, it is also linked to the contralateral visual hemifield. I will review recent behavioral findings showing that this anatomo-functional relationship between the dominant eye and ipsilateral V1 affects our performance in attentional and visuo-motor tasks. I will also show how the influence of eye dominance on visuo-motor performance can be used as a tool to quantify the strength of eye dominance (i.e., identifying individuals with strong or weak eye dominance), and how it co-exists with other perceptual and motor asymmetries. Lastly, I will discuss these behavioral findings in the light of the neurophysiological bases of eye dominance and oculomotor control, highlighting the importance of considering functional asymmetries when studying visual perception and visuo-motor behaviors.

10 avr 2020 11:00

Séminaire Heidi Lyn - Lunch talk BLRI

Campus St Charles, salle des voûtes

Heidi Lyn
Associate Professor and Joan M. Sinnott Chair of Psychology Comparative Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology
University of South Alabama

Titre et abstract à venir

12 juin 2020 11:00

Séminaire Daniel Sanabria Lucena

Campus St Charles, salle des Voûtes

Daniel Sanabria Lucena
Département de Psychologie, Université de Granada, Espagne

Titre et abstract à venir

31 déc 2020 10:00



17 Elisa Filevich (TG)
24 Lucie Charles
14 Sebastiaan Mathot (J.G)
28 Anne Reboul (JF)
6 Jérôme Tagu (FV)
10 Heidi Lyn (ILCB)
12 Daniel Sanabria Lucena (KD)
Vacances d'hiver
20 février - 7 mars
reprise le 8 mars
Vacances de printemps - Pâques
24 avril - 9 mai - reprise le 10 mai

Vacances d'été
4 juillet - 1er septembre
reprise le 2 septembre

Vacances d'automne
17 octobre - 1 novembre
reprise le 2 novembre
Vacances de Noël
17 décembre - 3 janvier
reprise le 4 janvier



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

Plus de détails

A la Une

  1. Sciences Advances

    La parole pourrait être plus ancienne qu’on ne le croyait. Depuis 50 ans, la théorie de la « descente du larynx » avance qu’une position basse du larynx est nécessaire pour produire des voyelles différenciées, préalable à l’apparition de la parole. Les singes, qui ont une anatomie du conduit vocal qui ressemble, pour l’essentiel des articulateurs (langue, mandibule, lèvres), à celle des humains, mais avec un larynx haut, ne pourraient pas produire de vocalisations différenciées.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.