Neural Bases of Spatial Cognition and Action
Our group focuses on how the brain represents space and uses these representations for action. Understanding the neural bases of attention and perception, two major cognitive functions is at the root of our work. In particular, we are interested in undertanding how these representations dynamically adjust to ongoing changes in the environment and in our behavior, how they plastically adjust through learning, how they are affect by pharmacological neuromodulation, and how they are affected by closed-loop neurofeedback procedures. To perform this research, we use a classical controlled psychophysical approach, associated with functional magnetic resonance imaging, multi-electrode, multi-site, single cell and local field potential recordings as well as targeted pharmacological neuromodulation. While increasing our fundamental understanding of the neural bases of space cognition and action, this research also opens new directions for the rehabilitation of cognitive spatial deficits following acute brain damage as well as following neurodegeberative or neurodevelpmental spatial cognition deficits.