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Decision, Action, and Neural Computation Lab
Decision, Action, and Neural Computation Lab

James Bonaiuto (Principal Investigator,Team leader)
email: james.bonaiuto@isc.cnrs.fr
James Bonaiuto completed his PhD in 2010 with Michael Arbib at the University of Southern California developing computational models of reach and grasp performance and observation. He then performed postdoctoral research with Richard Andersen at the California Institute of Technology using computational modeling and reversible muscimol inactivation with nonhuman primates to develop an integrative model of effector- and value-based decision making. He then moved to University College London working with Sven Bestmann and Gareth Barnes using tDCS and EEG to study action-based and perceptual decision making, and action selection. There he helped pioneer the use of subject-specific head-casts for high precision MEG, and was the first to show, non-invasively in the human brain, the laminar- and frequency-specific correlates of action selection.More
Sanaz Alavizadeh (Lab Manager)
email: sanaz.alavizadeh@isc.cnrs.fr

Sanaz Alavizadeh has been working as a project manager since July 2020 at the Institut des Sciences Cognitives (ISC) Marc Jeannerod in Lyon. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Biology (Grenoble Alpes- France) in 2017 and an inter-university degree in clinical research associate (Claude Bernard, France) in 2019, and has since been involved with in different clinical neuroscience projects. Her first project was assuring the protection of rights, safety and welfare of human subjects in a study of the efficacy and safety of bumetanide in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She then took part in two projects on children with craniosynostosis for evaluating attentional functions in children with this pathology under direction of Professor Federico Di Rocco. She is now involved in a new project aimed at better mechanistic understanding of motor-related beta activity in children and infants.

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Marine Gautier-Martins (Assistant engineer)
email: martins@isc.cnrs.fr

Marine Gautier—Martins has been working as an assistant engineer since September 2021, under the supervision of Dr. James Bonaiuto at the Decision, Action, and Neural Computation (DANC) lab, at the Institut des Sciences Cognitives (ISC) Marc Jeannerod in Lyon. She graduated with a master’s degree in Basic and Clinical Neurosciences in 2021. As part of her master’s degree, she was involved in a project focusing on non-human primates’ socio-cognitive and emotional development in the Social Neuroscience and comparative Development Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Pier Francesco Ferrari. She is now involved in a new project aimed at a better mechanistic understanding of motor-related beta activity in children and infants.

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Sotiris Papadopoulos (PhD student)
email: sotirios.papadopoulos@univ-lyon1.fr

Sotirios Papadopoulos is a doctoral student at Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 since October 2021, working under the co-supervision of Dr. Jérémie Mattout, head of the Computation, Cogntion and Neurophysiology (COPHY) team at Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (CRNL), and Dr. James Bonaiuto, head of the Decision, Action and Neural Computation (DANC) lab, at the Institut des Sciences Cognitives (ISC) Marc Jeannerod in Lyon. He obtained his M.D. from the University  of Thessaly in 2016. Next, he fullfiled part of his residency training in Neurology at “Tzaneio”  General Hospital of Piraeus (2017-2018). He obtained his M.Sc. from the University of Crete in 2020, focusing mainly on computational neuroscience, and pursuing a thesis pertaining to novel non-linear dendritic integration properties and their implications for logical operations  implementation under the supervision of Dr. Panayiota Poirazi at Poirazi Lab. His ongoing project  involves real-time analysis of motor-related burst activity at a single trial level using MEG and  EEG, aimed at providing robust features for brain-controlled assistive devices for neurologic rehabilitation.

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Maciek Szul (Post-doc)
email: maciej.szul@isc.cnrs.fr

Maciej Szul has been a postdoc since January 2021, working under the supervision of Dr James Bonaiuto at the Decision, Action, and Neural Computation (DANC) lab, part of Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod in Lyon. He obtained PsyM from the Jagiellonian University, specializing in neuroscience and sport science. The subject of his thesis covered fMRI resting state connectivity differences caused by the congenital deafness. He obtained his PhD from Cardiff University, working at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) under the supervision of Dr Jiaxiang Zhang. His thesis was focused on exploring decision-making/action selection processes, combining continuous response measures, cognitive models, non-stationary perceptual evidence, and multivariate pattern analysis of magnetoencephalographic (MEG) signals. Currently, he is involved in projects exploring oscillatory mechanisms of visual and sensorimotor processes using laminar MEG.

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Youssif Taza (M1 student)

Youssif TAZA has been an intern since June 2022, under the supervision of Dr. James Bonaiuto in the Decision, Action, and Neural Computation (DANC) lab, at the Institut des Sciences Cognitives (ISC) Marc Jeannerod in Lyon. As part of his Master’s internship, he is currently working on analyzing aperiodic neural activity during visuomotor adaptation.

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Siqi Zhang (Post-doc)
email: siqi.zhang@isc.cnrs.fr

Siqi Zhang has been a postdoc since June 2022, working under the supervision of Dr James Bonaiuto at the Decision, Action, and Neural Computation (DANC) lab, part of Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod in Lyon. She obtained her PhD from Southeast University, specializing in biological engineering under the supervision of Dr. Qing Lu. Her thesis was ‘Temporal and spectral patterns of resting state brain networks in magnetoencephalography for depression and related clinical evaluations’. She also studied in Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, UCL for one year, under the supervision of Dr. Vladimir Litvak. Her work was about the hidden Markov model on the simultaneous iEEG-MEG dataset and the correspondence from superficial to deeper cortical layers.

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