Gestural communication, language, laterality, hemispheric specialization, development, evolution...

I am a lecturer in developmental psychology at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, Laboratory CLLE - LTC (UMR 5263 - CNRS), team "Cognition, Communication and Development". My research interests concern the development and evolution of human communication.

I have been studying the relationship between gestural communication and language acquisition in young children, as well as the characteristics of chimpanzees' gestural communication, with special emphasis on the study of hand preferences for gestures.

My main objectives are to gain some insight into language evolution and the mechanisms driving human left-hemisphere specialization for communicative behaviors.