• Postdoctoral Fellows •

Ttadeusz_sfn2015adeusz Kononowicz, PhD • I investigate time estimation processes and self-monitoring of time estimation in the human brain utilizing a combination of EEG, MEG techniques, pattern recognition and cognitive modeling approaches. Unlike earlier studies emphasizing the accumulation processes in time estimation, my current work suggests that the sense of time relies on detection of specific patterns in brain activation and that beta oscillations play a great role in estimating time and in self-monitoring of estimated time.


• Visiting Postdoctoral Fellows •


Sophie Herbst, PhD (in collaboration with University of Lübeck, Germany) • I am interested in how we process and perceive time, and which are the cognitive and neural mechanisms allowing us to do so. We are able to extract temporal regularities from the environment and prepare future actions, for example when we want to cross a street and wait for the traffic light to turn green. We are also able to overtly estimate temporal intervals, but quite often subjective and objective time diverge. In my current project I investigate whether the mechanisms underlying temporal predictions and overt estimates of time do have a common ground using psychophysical methods and neuroimaging (M/EEG). 


• PhD Students •


Laetitia Grabot, MSc • Enjoying music, catching a ball, producing speech… what is the common trait? All these activities need at one point a representation of temporal order, explicitly or implicitly. The interesting situations are when the brain fails to perceive the correct temporal order of external events, thus providing us a window on its mechanisms. I am currently using such paradigms while recording M/EEG data to investigate neural correlates of temporal order perception. I am also studying individual differences in temporal order perception.


Benoît Martin, MSc • Recent hypotheses in cognitive neuroscience suggest the existence of a magnitude system that would encode time, space, number and more generally the “quantity” in a common representational space. My PhD project is devoted to the critical study of the magnitude system in the human brain with an experimental approach combining psychophysics and M/EEG, focusing on the accumulation of sensory evidence in time.


• Visiting PhD Students •

elie_picklElie Rassi, MSc • I’m a PhD student at the University of Salzburg, where I investigate how fluctuations in brain states influence conscious perception. I am specifically interested in the effects of the alpha rhythm on visual perception and attention, mainly using MEG. I received my BA in psychology from the American University of Beirut (2013) and MSc in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Trento (2015).


Renan Schiavolin Recio  •  I am Bachelor in Science & Tecnology at Universidade Federal do ABC (2011), Bachelor in Computer Science at Universidade Federal do ABC (2012) and Master in Neuroscience and Cognition at Universidade Federal do ABC (2014). Currently I am a PhD student in Neuroscience and Cognition at the same university. I have an interest in working with Computational Neuroscience (Modeling hippocampal areas), EEG analyses (EP, phase, power, correlations and causality) , psychophysical experiments, especially with audio-visual perception and recalibration.

image2Pooja Prabhu, MSc •  I have pursued a Bachelor in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Visvesvarya Technological University, India (2013) and a Master in Biomedical Engineering from Manipal University, India(2015). I have been worked in the projects like analysing and classifying the normal and neurodegenerative disordered gait signals, and segmenting and clustering of a brain tumour in MRI imaging. Currently, I am pursuing PhD from Manipal University and the work aims at helping the neurosurgeons to locate the epileptogenic zone while surgery. The epileptogenic zone is located by performing MEG-MRI Registration.

• Master Students •

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Ava Kiai •  I’m a master’s student interning with the Brain Dynamics team. I’m interested in how the predictability and duration of a stimulus affects its perception. I’m also interested in the role of neural oscillations in integrating information from different sensory modalities. I previously received my B.A. from NYU, where I was a research assistant in the labs of Lila Davachi and Marjorie Rhodes. I hope to begin my PhD research in the fall of next year. Find me on Twitter @avakiai or at avakiai AT gmail DOT com

Camille Lakhlifi

Camille Lakhlifi •  How many times did you look at your watch since you arrived on this station platform to wait for your train? Why does the time seem sometimes to fly by so quickly and other times to last for so long? Indeed, psychological time does not always correspond to physical time and our time perception depends on many factors. After obtaining my Bachelor degree in Biology from the University of Strasbourg, I joined the CogMaster where I was able to explore various fields of cognitive science. In my final 6-month internship, and thanks to a partnership between the Brain Dynamics team and the French Railway Company SNCF (Dr. Simone Morgagni), I will investigate how time perception can be affected while train travelling in the context of the different steps of a travelling period. In the long term, my professional aim is to create a stronger link between the academic research world and policy makers to apply cognitive science knowledge and behavioural insight into daily life in order to simply and efficiently improve it.


• Alumni •


  • Anne Kösem is now a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow @ Donders, Netherlands.
    PhD thesis (2014.03.27) Cortical oscillations as temporal reference frames for perception.
  • Nicolas Zilber (Dir. P. Ciuciu) is now working @ Amadeus, Sophia-Antipolis, France.
    PhD thesis (2014.03.10) ERF and scale-free analyses of source-reconstructed MEG brain signals during a multisensory learning paradigm


Research Engineers

  • Marco Buiatti (2010-14) now EEG Lab @ University of Trento, Italy.
  • Etienne Labyt (2008-2010) now MEG lab @ CEA-Leti, Clinatech, Grenoble, France

Master Students

  • Jacques Pesnot-Lerousseau (2016-17, ENS Cogmaster, année césure), now PhD w/ Daniele Schön at Institut des Neurosciences, Université Aix Marseille.
  • Pauline Demory (2017), now MII Cogmaster student
  • Ignacio Polti (2014-16, ENS Cogmaster), now PhD student w/ Christian Doeller at Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience (NTNU)
  • Karin Petske (2014-15, RA)
  • Hafeza Tajuddin (2015, M2 BME Paris)
  • Yousra Bekhti (2013, MII) now PhD student w/ Alexandre Gramfort, Télécom ParisTech
  • Milton Augusto Vendramini de Avila (2013, MI UCL-ENS) now PhD in the Neuroscience and Behavior program, Univ of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Lucille Lecoutre (2013, MII ENS, Paris) now Consulting Engineer in Human Factors, Bordeaux
  • Agnès Falco (2013, MI ENS) now PhD student at Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, France.
  • Luca Iemi (2013, MII UCL-ENS, London-Paris) now PhD at Charité Univ Médecine w/ Niko Busch
  • Salim Kebache (2011, visiting MI ENS Paris)
  • Marianne Duyck (2011, visiting MII ENS Paris) now PhD at LPP, Paris.
  • Lukasz Grzeczkowski (2011. MII ENS) PhD at EFLP w/ Michael Herzog
  • Anna Lambrechts (2010, MII ENS-UCL) PhD at City University London w/ Kielan Yarrow
  • Brice Martin (2009-2010) Master . MD-PhD psychiatry