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Visual Cognition Group







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, as well as recordings from the heart and the stomach

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.



- Open position -

A post-doctoral position is open to study the link between the subjective aspect of emotions and the neural monitoring of visceral inputs. This project is part of a broader ERC project testing the hypothesis that the neural monitoring of visceral inputs (heart, stomach) generates a subject-centered reference frame, from which first-person perspective can develop, in perception, cognition and emotion.

Motivated candidates with an excellent academic record in affective neuroscience and good programming abilities are welcome to apply. Knowledge of, and/or experience with, brain imaging and physiological recordings would be a strong plus. The position is initially funded for two years, beginning in January 2018 (flexible). The successful candidate will benefit from the interdisciplinary environment and computing resources of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Department of Cognitive Science at Ecole Normale Supérieure in central Paris, as well as from the state-of-the-art neuroimaging facility (MEG, fMRI, TMS, intracranial EEG) at nearby Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière.

Informal enquiries and formal applications (CV, motivation letter and contact details of at least 2 references) should be sent to catherine.tallon-baudry@ens.fr. The position is open until filled.