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