My interdisciplinary project focuses on the embodied and reciprocal nature of human cognition that encompasses biological, behavioral and social levels of organizations. I seek new conceptual and methodological approaches towards a better understanding of coordination dynamics across those scales.
Methodologically, my work is at the cross-road of social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and system biology. It uses new neuroimaging techniques such as hyperscanning (recording of multiple people’s brain activity while they are interacting). This allows to investigate relationships between coordination at both neural, behavioral and social levels. For instance, my first paper assessed the emergence of inter-brain synchronizations when two people enter in interactional synchrony through reciprocal and spontaneous imitation. This project continued through analyses of intra-individual neuromarkers, neurocomputational simulations of two human brains in interaction, and an hyperscanning study involving people with Asperger syndrome. During my postdoc at FAU, I worked on multiscale coordination dynamics through the combination of theoretical modeling of non-linear systems and a new experimental platform of Human-Machine Interface (HMI).
My research project is now trying to disentangle the strong complexity and heterogeneity of social cognition across levels by combining neuroimaging, system biology, and big data approaches. I am now working at the Institut Pasteur to investigate the neurogenetics of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the laboratory of Prof. Thomas Bourgeron, and coordinate the research platform SoNeTAA (Social Neuroscience for Therapeutic Approach of Autism) at the child hospital Robert-Debré, embedded in the psychiatric department lead by Prof. Richard Delorme. I am also implicated in the data management and analyses of the EUAIMS consortium, the largest collaborative project about Autism in Europe.