Social Cognition Group


Research center

45 rue d’Ulm
75230 Paris
Marc Mézard


Université Pierre et Marie Curie


Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives
Paris-Science Lettre (ANR-11-0001-02 PSL), Laboratoire d’excellence : Institut des Sciences Cognitives (IEC) – Ecole Normale (ANR-10-LABX-0087)

Mots clefs

social cognition
Social Behaviour
Affective processes
Non verbal Communication


Dezecache G, Grèzes J and Dahl C. The nature and distribution of affiliative behaviour during exposure to mild threat. Royal Society Open Science (in press)

Ioannou C., El Zein M., Wyatt V., Scheid I., Amsellem F., Delorme R., Chevallier C. & Grèzes J. Shared mechanism for emotion processing in adolescents with and without autism. Scientific Reports 7:42696 (2017).

El Zein M., Wyart V., Grèzes J.  Anxiety dissociates the adaptive functions of sensory and motor response enhancements to social threats. Elife, 4:e10274 (2015).

Grèzes J., Valabregue R., Gholipour B., Chevallier C.A direct amygdala-motor pathway for emotional displays to influence action: a Diffusion Weighted Imaging study. Human Brain Mapping. 35(12):5974-83 (2014).

Conty L., Dezecache G., Hugueville L., Grèzes J. Early binding of gaze, gesture and emotion: neural time course and correlates. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(13):4531-9 (2012).

Fields of research

Cognitive neurosciences / neuropsychology /neuroeconomy

Research Theme

Our primary interest is to study the neural time course and correlates underpinning the processing of the early stages of social interactions. We have now set out to address several key issues important to our understanding of the processing of social interactions, for example (i) what is the biological function of spontaneous and involuntary facial reactions when facing emotional events; (ii) how and when do we perceive / decide that we are the target of a communicative intention (iii) how we (decide to) prepare an adapted motor response. We combine several approaches, behavioural (performances and reactions times), psycho-physiological (such as skin conductance, heart rate and facial EMG) and neuroimaging techniques (fMRI and EEG) in healthy individuals and in individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Etudiants ENP


Lab rotation

Adaptive anxiety

Chercheur responsable: 



2 April 2018 - 29 June 2018

Date limite de candidature: 

29 June 2018


~ April-June 2018


Anxiety is both an adaptive response when manifest in moderation and an impairing condition at exceeding levels. The present project aims at investigating the behavioral consequences of anxiety observed during attention selection and action selection.


Ecole Normale Supérieure - Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives - 29 rue d'Ulm, 1er étage 75005 Paris -