The objective of our research is to gain a better understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying our ability to understand and respond to non-verbal social signals emitted by others. It is motivated by the insight that the human brain is a “social brain” enabling human beings to communicate and collaborate with many other individuals and to handle complex relationships. The team investigates the interactive aspect of social signals (their social effects), looking notably for the links between emotions and adaptive motor responses, both at the physiological and neurological level. We combine several approaches, psychological (self-report questionnaires), behavioral (performances and reactions times, decision-making models), psychophysiological (such as skin conductance) and neuroimaging techniques (fMRI and EEG) in healthy individuals and in individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The team is currently funded by INSERM, ENS, Roger de Spoelberch Fondation, and ANR. Moreover, the team has received the label "FRM team" (10/2016-10/2019) for the project « Adaptive anxiety: a call to action. »