Look at the banner above: you can see the image, you analyze, you feel: "you" is at the center of the conscious perception process.
We study how the first-person perspective, or subjectivity, that is intrinsic to conscious life, is implemented in the brain. We study the neural bases of subjectivity in perception, but also in spontaneous thoughts or in preferences. We develop and test the hypothesis that the signals from internal organs such as the heart or the stomach, that are continuously registered by the brain, generate a subject-centered referential from which subjectivity can develop. To test this hypothesis we use brain imaging (MEG, EEG, fMRI in healthy participants, intracranial EEG in epileptic patients) combined with behavioral paradigms.
The group hosts international students and post-doctoral fellows with various backgrounds, from engineering to cognitive neuroscience and experimental psychology or philosophy, with an active policy to maintain gender balance.
The group is supported by the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant), the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), Inserm and ENS.