Cognitive development and pathology


Research center

45 rue d’Ulm
75230 Paris
Marc Mézard


Ecole Normale Supérieure
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Ecole Normale Supérieure


Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique
UMR 8554
Labex Institut d'Etude de la Cognition


social cognition
developmental disorders


Ramus, F., Altarelli, I., Jednoróg, K., Zhao, J., & Scotto di Covella, L. (in press). Neuroanatomy of developmental dyslexia: pitfalls and promise. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews Pdf.

Płoński, P., Gradkowski, W., Altarelli, I., Monzalvo, K., Van Ermingen-Marbach, M., Grande, M., Ramus, F., & Jednoróg, K. (2017). Multi-parameter machine learning approach to the neuroanatomical basis of developmental dyslexia. Human Brain Mapping, 38(2), 900‑908 Pdf.


Forgeot d’Arc, B., Delorme, R., Zalla, T., Lefebvre, A., Amsellem, F., Moukawane, S., Ramus, F. (2017). Gaze Direction Detection in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism, 21(1), 100-107. Pdf

Peyre, H., Galera, C., van der Waerden, J., Hoertel, N., Bernard, J. Y., Melchior, M., & Ramus, F. (2016). Relationship between early language skills and the development of inattention/hyperactivity symptoms during the preschool period: Results of the EDEN mother-child cohort. BMC Psychiatry, 16, 380. Pdf

Roux, P., Smith, P., Passerieux, C., & Ramus, F. (2016). Preserved implicit mentalizing in schizophrenia despite poor explicit performance: evidence from eye tracking. Scientific Reports, 6, 34728. Pdf

Fields of research

Cognitive neurosciences / neuropsychology /neuroeconomy

Research Theme

The leading thread behind our research can be summed up in this single question:

How can the human genome build a brain that can acquire a language, and other typically human cognitive skills?

We attempt to address this question by studying developmental disorders affecting language and/or social cognition (dyslexia, specific language impairment, autism), at all the relevant levels of description: cognitive, neural and genetic.