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Virginie van Wassenhove

CEA Research Director, INSERM team leader (DR)
Cognition & Brain Dynamics

Sophie Herbst

CEA Researcher (CR)

Leila Azizi

Operational Director of NeuroSpin MEG

ca 2022.04 [Left to Right]: Harish, Yvan, Andrés, Robert, Marianna/Yunyun, Anna, Virginie, Leila, Sophie, Christina, Anna, Mathias, Valentine
ca 2022.04 [Left to Right, when Virginie is not around…]: Andrés, Robert, Harish, Marianna, Anna, Sophie, Leila, Yunyun, Christina, Anna, Yvan, Mathias, Valentine

Newcomers, please keep the Cognition & Brain Dynamics Manual handy!

 Camille Grasso, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher involved in the EXPERIENCE Project. She is a qualified neuropsychologist and a cognitive scientist trying to understand how humans make sense of time. During her PhD, she worked on the representation and processing of abstract temporal concepts such as past and future. Currently, she is heading towards using a combination of behavioural, neurophysiological, and computational methods to examine how humans understand, feel, and estimate time. She is a passionate researcher, who loves talking about science and who is always in quest of learning and understanding new things! 

Matthew Logie, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow in the EXPERIENCE Project. Having previously studied physics and audio engineering, he now creates virtual environments to study human cognition. His PhD work focused on the segmentation of events within virtual environments as a means of improving learning. He is currently investigating the influence of salient and unpredictable moments of change on temporal experience and the what, where, when of episodic memory.

Harish Gunasekaran, M.Sc. is a highly curious student, with a long term vision in understanding the deep philosophical problems such as how the brain encodes the ‘reality’ i.e., the concepts of space and time, the mind-body duality, the SELF, and consciousness. He is currently pursuing his PhD titled Exploring the functional role of neural oscillations in temporal processing, jointly funded by CEA and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (NUMERICS PhD 2019-22). His PhD work aims to deepen our understanding of the endogenous nature of slow neural oscillations (delta/theta bands) and their role in temporal processing. As a preliminary step, he is analyzing the existing MEG data recorded previously from the team by applying different methods and later will investigate how such endogenous oscillations mediate timing when a temporal structure is imposed by sensory inputs (rhythmic and non-rhythmic), by conducting behavioral and MEG experiments.

Valentine MANDIN, M.Sc. is a PhD student at the Université Paris Saclay Biosigne under the supervision of Sophie Herbst. She has been investigating for 2 years the implication of temporal predictions on temporal resolution by multiple paradigms, focusing on the auditory modality. Her work targets the implicit induction of temporal predictability. She is interested in the neural basis of temporal prediction and aimed at using MEG to fully explore the role of neural oscillations on these mechanisms.

Yvan Nédélec, M.Sc. joined the team as a master student for his 6 months internship, and he is now pursuing his PhD in the Wildtimes project. WildTimes aims at characterizing our conscious experience of time in complex environments, such as train travels, bridging the gap between laboratory experimental psychology and real-life situations. He investigates how temporal information from the environment impacts our internal representations of duration to shape our experience of time. To do that, he uses tasks drawn from experimental psychology combined with portable neuroimaging technics such as EEG. His main focus is to understand how the brain uses temporal information from the environment and its own dynamic, allowing us to perceive a continuous unfolding world…

Ignacio POLTI, M.Sc.   After a master at NeuroSpin (Cogmaster), Ignacio went on to pursue his PhD studying timing & uncertainty at the Kavli Institute for System Neurosciences (NTNU) with Christian Doeller.

Anna Wagelmans, M.Sc., is a PhD student currently doing her thesis – Exploring temporal orientation in the human brain – at Neurospin under the supervision of Virginie van Wassenhove. There, she studies the ability to mental time travel – that is to say, to mentally project oneself in time. Anna works at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience, psychology and philosophy of mind to investigate the structure of human experience and the constrution of the self. A problem that particularly occupies her mind is the continuity of the self in time. Her interest in problems of time branches out to phenomenological psychopathology, education and learning, and how narrative structures from all kinds of media interact with experience.

My name is Marianna Lamprou Kokolaki and I am a master student in M2 BIP – Neuroscience at Sorbonne University. I do a six month internship as part of Wildtimes under the supervision of Virginie van Wassenhove .

Clara Driaï is a master student in the M2 Psychologie, Neurosciences and Physiology of Movement and Performance (PNPMP) at the University of Paris Nanterre. She has joined the Team in December 2022 for her six-month internship in the project on Bayesian Modelling of the unfolding of temporal predictions under the supervision of Sophie Herbst. Clara will follow up the existing work of a Bayesian observer model which tries to understand how temporal statistics are formed in our brain. Her work will be to conduct EEG experiments to assess the neural correlates associated with learning and representation of temporal statistics in implicit timing.  

Raphaël Bordas is a research assistant in the team as part of the WildTimes project. He joined the team during his Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Biology at Paris-Saclay University, studying neural oscillations during high-speed displacements in trains. He is currently interested in exploring the neural implementation of time perception using behavioral and neurophysiology methods both in the lab and in the wild.



Postdoctoral Scholars

  • Christina Yi Jin (2021), now at Zhejiang Lab, Hangzhou, China
  • William Vallet (2019-21) now postdoctoral Fellow at Centre de Recherche en Neurosciences de Lyon, Centre Hospitalier Le Vinatier, France.
  • Tadeusz Kononowicz, (2014-19) now w/ Valérie Doyère (NeuroPSI).
  • Baptiste Gauthier, (2012-16, phd then postdoc) now w/ Olaf Blanke, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.
  • Denis Engemann (2016,) now junior scientist at Parietal (CEA/INRIA, NeuroSpin).
  • Anja Wuehle (2014)
  • Clémence Roger (2011-13), now Maître de Conférence, Univ. of Lille, France
  • Ramon Mariano Guevara Erra (2011-13, postdoc) now LPP, Paris, France

Research Engineers

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

Master and Undergraduate Students

  • Robert Hajjar, M.Sc (MII Institut Polytechnique, Paris) now in studying cognitive neuroscience in Korea
  • Mathias Vigouroux (MII, Computational Neuroscience & Neuroengineering, Univ Paris-Saclay, CentraleSupélec) now ENS Paris
  • Andrés Torres Sánchez (MII, Computational Neuroscience & Neuroengineering, Univ. Paris-Saclay)
  • Anna Razafindrahaba (Summer intern and MII, Computational Neuroscience & Neuroengineering, Univ. Paris-Saclay as part of Experience)
  • Raphaël Bordas (Licence double, Mathématiques Sciences de la Vie, Univ Paris-Saclay)
  • Diane Sam Mine (MI Neurosciences, Univ Paris Descartes) Summer Intern
  • Cyril Nicolaï (Licence Frontières du Vivant, Centre Recherche Interdisciplinaire) now ENS Paris
  • Aurélien Faulquier (MII Neurosciences, Univ Paris Sorbonne)
  • Alexandru Terbea (MII, Univ Paris Descartes)
  • Paul Berton (MII, Cogmaster) now M2 ACCES
  • Blandine Breinart (MII, Marseille)
  • Dragana Manasova (MI, Univ Paris Descartes), now PhD student @ICM w/ Jacobo Sitt
  • Izem Mangione (MII, Bordeaux Univ)
  • Camille Lakhlifi (2017-18, MII ENS Cogmaster) on her way to link academic research and policy makers.
  • Ava Kiai (2017-18, MII ENS Cogmaster), now with Lucia Melloni
  • Alexandre Nauleau (summer intern; ENS Paris-Saclay), now with Alexandre Pouget
  • Rohit Yadav (summer intern; Machine learning & Data mining, University of Jean Monnet/ University of Lyon)
  • Jacques Pesnot-Lerousseau (2016-17, ENS Cogmaster, année césure), now postdoc at Oxford.
  • 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, MII 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

Visitors (and ongoing collab!)

  • Shirley Xue Li Lim (2021, visiting PhD student, Procope Mobility Stipend) Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • Pooja PRABHU, MSc (2018, Raman-Charpak Fellow) Phd Manipal Institute of Technology, India
  • Renan SCHIAVOLIN RECIO (2017, visiting PhD, SANDWICH program) Brazil
  • Thiago Oliveira da Motta Sampaio (2012-13, visiting PhD, SANDWICH program) now Professor UNICAMP, Cidade Universitária, Campinas, Brazil
  • Diana Omigie (2012, visiting PhD) now Max-Planck Inst, Frankfurt, Germany  now Lecturer at Goldsmiths University, London, UK