Laurent Cohen (English)

I am a professor of neurology at the Hôpital de la Salpêtrière (Paris), and director of the research team « Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging » (ICM Research Center, INSERM UMRS 975).

I share my time between clinical neurology, research, and teaching. My research is devoted to the brain mechanisms of specifically human cognitive functions, particularly language and reading. I combine the study of brain-damaged patients with various anatomical and functional brain imaging techniques.

I also contribute to the diffusion of cognitive neuroscience to a wide audience, through two books (Odile Jacob Editions), and a regular chronicle on television.



tel: 00 (33) 1 42 16 18 01
fax: 00 (33) 1 44 24 52 47

Selected recent publications:

  1. Naccache L, Gaillard R, Adam C, Hasboun D, Clémenceau S, Baulac M, Dehaene S, Cohen L. A direct intracranial record of emotions evoked by subliminal words. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2005; 102: 7713-7717.
  2. Gaillard R, Naccache L, Pinel P, Clemenceau S, Volle E, Hasboun D, Dupont S, Baulac M, Dehaene S, Adam C, Cohen L. Direct intracranial, fMRI and lesion evidence for the causal role of left inferotemporal cortex in reading. Neuron 2006; 50: 191-204.
  3. Vinckier F, Dehaene S, Jobert A, Dubus JP, Sigman M, Cohen L. Hierarchical coding of letter strings in the ventral stream: dissecting the inner organization of the visual word-form system. Neuron 2007; 55: 143-56.
  4. Bekinschtein TA, Dehaene S, Rohaut B, Tadel F, Cohen L, Naccache L. Neural signature of the conscious processing of auditory regularities. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2009; 106: 1672-7.
  5. Gaillard R, Dehaene S, Adam C, Clemenceau S, Hasboun D, Baulac M, Cohen L, Naccache L. Converging intracranial markers of conscious access. PLoS Biol 2009; 7: e61.
  6. Qiao E, Vinckier F, Szwed M, Naccache L, Valabrègue R, Dehaene S, Cohen L. Unconsciously deciphering handwriting: Subliminal invariance for handwritten words in the visual word form area. NeuroImage in press.
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