We are a research Institute dedicated to the cerebral mechanisms of cognition, their evolution and disorders. It hosts several groups of scientists interested in topics such as perception, motor plasticity, attention, decision making, motivation, communication, language and social cognition. The expertise of its members is decisively multidisciplinary, and includes physiology, ethology and psychology, as well as mathematics, economics and clinical disciplines such as neurology and psychiatry. Our research makes use of experimental models, behavioural analysis and functional neuroimaging, in infants, children and adults. The ISC tries to promote strong interactions between basic and clinical approaches with the goal of advancing our understanding of diseases such as Parkinson’s, schizophrenia or autism and in order to help in the development of novel therapies for the treatment of sensorimotor and cognitive handicaps. A new research area is devoted to the evolution of cognition through field studies on chimpanzees' behavior.
The UMR5229 is under joint contract with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and The University of Lyon 1 Claude-Bernard.
Director: Pier Francesco Ferrari.