We are generally interested in the way human cognition is shaped by genetic factors, environmental influences (in particular education), and their interactions.

One of our leading approaches is to study developmental disorders insofar as they highlight complex causal chains between genetic factors, neural properties, and cognitive functions that are not apparent in normal development. We study mainly language disorders (dyslexia and specific language impairment), at the cognitive level using psycholinguistic and psychophysical methods, at the neural level using brain imaging, and at the genetic level, in collaboration with molecular genetics labs.

We also study normal cognitive development using epidemiological methods, as well as learning processes and educational achievement.

Team's current news

9/10/2020: Ava Guez successfully defended her PhD thesis. Ava now works at OECD. Congratulations Ava, and farewell!

February 2021: Mikel's paper is published in Cortex!

July 2021: Camille's massive analysis of 40,000 brains in the UK Biobank is now published in Human Brain Mapping.

September 2021: our analysis of neuroanatomical sex differences in the UK Biobank is now published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.

October 2021: after a successful M1 internship, Lilas Gurgand is starting her M2 internship, working on the Elfe cohort. Welcome back, Lilas!

November 2021: Franck's Mooc on "Psychology for teachers" is open!