Frontal Lobe Functions Group


Research center

45 rue d’Ulm
75230 Paris
Marc Mézard


Ecole Normale Supérieure
Université Pierre et Marie Curie


Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives
Phone: 01 44 32 26 80
Labex Institut d'Etude de la Cognition IEC - IDHEX Paris Sciences et Lettres


neuroimaging techniques
computational modeling
behavioral studies.


Drugowitsch J, Wyart V, Devauchelle AD, Koechlin E. Computational Precision of Mental Inference as Critical Source of Human Choice Suboptimality. Neuron. 2016 Dec 21;92(6):1398-1411. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2016.11.005. 

Drugowitsch, J., Wyart, V. Koechlin, E. Inference rather than selection noise explains behavioral variability in perceptual decision-making. Proceedings of Computational and Systems Neuroscience 2013.

Collins, A., Koechlin, E. (2012). Reasoning, learning and creativity: Frontal lobe function and human decision-making. PLoS Biology, 10(3):e1001293.doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001293.

Drugowitsch, J.& Koechlin, E. (2012). Task set switching: dissecting ideal observer models and their approximation. Proceedings of Computational and Systems Neuroscience, 2012.

Summerfield, C., Behrens, T., Koechlin, E. (2011). Perceptual classification in a rapidly-changing environment, Neuron, 71, 725-736.

Koechlin, E. (2011). Frontal pole function: what is specifically human?, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15, 241.

Charron S, Koechlin E “Divided Representation of Concurrent Goals in the Human Frontal Lobes” SCIENCE   Volume: 328   Issue: 5976   Pages: 360-363 : APR 16 2010 

Research Theme

The cognitive neuroscience lab conducts researchs to understand the neural bases of Action and related cognitive processes along several dimensions: motor, linguistic, social and intentional. We especially study the brain functional architecture and neuronal computations underlying these processes using modern brain imaging techniques (IRMf, EEG-MEG), experimental psychology techniques and mathematical / computational modeling.