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Sophie Herbst

Junior PI

Leila Azizi

Manager of NeuroSpin MEG

William VALLET, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow in WildTimes

Harish Gunasekaran 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.

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Yvan Nédélec firstly joined the team for as a master student for a 6 months internship and is now pursuing his PhD in the Wildtimes project. This project 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 impact our internal representations of duration to shape our experience of time. To do that, he uses experimental psychology tasks 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.

Sloane Paulcan, MSc is a PhD student at the Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience (NeuroPSI) where I investigate the neuronal basis of temporal order judgement in rats, under the direction of Valérie Doyère and the co-direction of Virginie Van Wassenhove, (ANR AutoTime). My purpose is to investigate the neuronal mechanisms and the brain structures involved in the processing of temporal order of audio-visual stimuli. I am interested in the cognitive mechanisms underlying basic brain functioning and the translation to adaptive behavior. Moreover, a part of my study investigates the temporal order judgment in a schizophrenic model, adding a pathological aspect to this very fundamental topic.

Ignacio POLTI, MSc  • Ignacio is now a PhD student who continues studying timing & uncertainty at the Kavli Institute for System Neurosciences (NTNU) with Christian Doeller.

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Valentine MANDIN is a master student at the University Lumière Lyon II in Cognitive Science. Under the supervision of Sophie Herbst, she has been investigating for now 2 years the implication of temporal predictions on temporal resolution by multiple paradigms, focusing on 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.

Anna Wagelmans is a master student at the Cogmaster (ENS Paris, University of Paris, EHESS) currently doing her master thesis at Neurospin under the supervision of Virginie van Wassenhove. There, they study 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.



Postdoctoral Scholars

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

  • Paul Berton (MII, Cogmaster) now M2 ACCES
  • Blandine Breinart (MII, Marseille)
  • Dragana Manasova (MI, Univ Paris Descartes)
  • 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 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, 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!)

  • 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