Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Laure Pisella

INSERM U1028; CNRS UMR5292; Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (CRNL), ImpAct (Integrative, Multisensory, Perception, Action and Cognition Team), Bron, France

Fellow of the ZiF research group "Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain: New Perspectives from Task-Driven Vision"


Laure Pisella studied biology at the University of Lyon, France. She received a Master of Molecular and Cellular Biology in Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1997 and a PhD in Health Science (Neuropsychology in 2000 with a thesis on « Multiples pathways in interaction for Perception and Action». In 2001 she held a postdoctoral position at the University of Melbourne, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NH MRC). In 2002, she obtained a full-time research position at the french Center for National Scientific Research (CNRS) and, since then, has been working for the INSERM team called "Espace et Action" in Bron, France. In 2006, she received the Bronze Medal of the CNRS. In 2008, she received her habilitation degree from the University of Lyon 1. In 2011, she joined the Integrative, Multisensory, Perception, Action and Cognition Team (ImpAct) of the Lyon Neuroscience research center (CRNL).

Current Main Research Interests

Laure Pisella's main research interest is the relationship between action, perception and attention and the neural substrates underlying these functions. She is also involved in vision rehabilitation research programs based on visuo-motor plasticity, with a particular interest in prismatic adaptation. Her main approach is neuropsychology, testing patients with focal lesions of the posterior parietal cortex (leading to Unilateral Spatial Neglect, Optic Ataxia, Visual extinction or Simultanagnosia) or cerebellar cortex (cerebellar ataxia) in controlled and specific perceptual or motor psychophysical paradigms. In particular, she has investigated the role of the posterior parietal cortex in the control of eye and hand movements and the role of the cerebellum in visuo-motor adaptation. More recently she investigated the dynamics of spatial representations (spatial remapping) and the spatial distribution of attention in patients with posterior parietal lesion.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the ZiF Research Group

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