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Visuo-Vestibular Interactions, Virtual/Augmented Reality, Human-Robot Interactions

1995 …2021

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Research interests

Considering the complexity of human mind and based on the importance of environmental interactions during development, my work tries to answer the question of "how" multimodal representations emerge in typical and atypical (neurological/neurodevelopmental disorder) populations and "how" the dynamic neural organisation underlying emerging multimodal representations operates.

The existing body of research concerned with typical and atypical children have included, inter alia: the relationship between the representations of objects and the representations of words; the correlation between positive emotional representations and the decision making process; the multimodal cognitive nonverbal, emotional and verbal interactions in free play of severe and middle-moderate autistic children vis a vis mobile toy robots; the emotional dialogues in the presence of an InterActor robot; the cognitive and visual-vestibular representations of virtual movement as well as of real movement in children and adults; the continuity between real and virtual environments in healthy adults via a HMD.

The key future research focus upon whole of lifespan neurocognitive development: typical and atypical populations of children, adults and elderly.

Statement for HDR students

I have supervised two doctoral and several masters' students who have all graduated. My expertise in supervision concerns interdisciplinary literature review, research methodology with humans, robots and virtual/augmented reality environments, statistics. I have published several papers in cognitive neuroscience and psychological journals, and in various interdisciplinary journals. I have also written several chapters of books and two books.

My supervision aims to contribute to the flourishing need for research capacity in the interdisciplinary knowledge: cognitive neuroscience, psychology, robotics, engineering, mathematics, computer sciences.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor Science, Life and Health Sciences, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie


PhD Life Sciences: Neuropsychology, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie


Master in Neuropsychology, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1


Bachelor in Cognitive Psychology, Paris Descartes University


Bachelor in Neuroscience, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie


External positions

EPP-Catholic University of Paris

Sep 2015Mar 2017

Universite Pierre et Marie Curie

Oct 2010Jun 2015

EPP-Catholic University of Paris

Oct 1997Oct 2010

Psychological Applications and Editions

Feb 1997Sep 1997


Jun 1995Dec 1996

Paris Descartes University

Sep 1993May 1995

Centre Hospitalier Sainte-Anne

Hôpital de la Salpêtrière

Institut National de la Recherche sur le Transport et leur Sécurité

Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale

Laboratory Central des Ponts et Chaussées


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