Research Associate
University of Montreal

Ph.D. Neuroscience
Université de la Méditerranée, Aix-Marseille II

Contact Information

Faculté de médecine - Département de Neurosciences
Groupe de Recherche sur le Système Nerveux Central (GRSNC)
Université de Montréal
Pavillon Paul-G.-Desmarais
C.P. 6128 Succursale Centre-ville
Montréal, Québec, H3C 3J7, Canada

Work : +1 514-343-6111 x3302
Fax : +1 514-343-2111
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Research interests 

I'm interested in the neural mechanisms underlying the higher-order brain functions linking perception and action. 

My Ph.D. research focused on the FEF, a major component of the cerebral network that is now thought to contribute to decision making, as well as to visual and oculomotor processes. We used single-neuron recordings in the monkey to test the hypothesis that FEF neurons integrate signals from the hand to ensure adapted ocular exploration of peripersonal space. 

My post-doctoral position in Paul Cisek’s lab provided me with the opportunity to pursue the exploration of complex integrative functions, i.e. decision making, in brain regions such as PMd, M1 and PFC. We investigated the neural correlates of dynamic decision-making in changing conditions in monkeys trained to perform a reach decision task. We showed that premotor and primary motor cortex activity reflects the competition between potential options and signals decision commitment about 280ms before movement initiation.  

Today I am a research associate in Paul Cisek's lab at University of Montreal. 
We are exploring the neural bases of speed-accuracy trade-off adjustments during dynamic decisions and movement execution.

News (last update : December 18, 2014)

Our most recent paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience

Our paper published in Neuron

Upcoming talk:

Previous talks:

The neural dynamics of dynamic decisions

Jean-Francois Cabana, David Thura, Paul Cisek

Translational and Computational Motor Control (TCMC) 2014, Nov 14

Décisions motrices dynamiques: corrélats neuronaux du mécanisme d'urgence

Séminaires étudiants de rechercher, GRSNC, Université de Montréal, Oct 21, 2014

Micro-stimulation of premotor and motor cortex affects choice duration during dynamic decision-making

2014 CAN satellite meeting, May 25th, Montreal (CANADA)

Dynamic decisions about actions: evidence for an embodied, urgency-based mechanism for reward rate maximization

Invited talk at the Institut de Neurosciences des Systemes, June 11, 2014 - Marseille (FRANCE)


- Herbert H. Jasper / GRSNC (Universite de Montreal, Canada) - Postdoctoral fellowship - 09/2011-09/2013 - 90.000 $CAD
- Fondation Fyssen (France) - Postdoctoral Fellowship - 09/2008-09/2010 - 50.000 
ANPP (France) - PhD Grant


Neurophysiological recordings in Paul Cisek's lab, University of Montreal