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DEHAENE, Stanislas

Professor, College de France

Director, INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit










Year Institution and Location Degree Field of study
1999 Ecole des Hautes Etudes en  Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris Habilitation to  
direct research
Cognitive neuroscience
1989 Ecole des Hautes Etudes en  Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris PhD Cognitive science
University of Paris VI
Masters Applied mathematics
and computer science
1984-1989 Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris


Research and professional experience
2005-  Professor at the Collège de France, chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology 
2002-  Director of the INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, France 
1997-2005   Research Director at INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research) 
1992-1994   Post-doctoral Fellow, Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University of Oregon
(USA), director Michael Posner 
1989-1999   Research Scientist, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale 
(INSERM), Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, Paris, France 
1984-1989   Ecole Normale Supérieure, Mathematics sections 
1982-1984   Ecole préparatoire Ste Geneviève, Versailles (Mathematics section) 


Major grants 
2011-2014  ANR “Neural bases of hierarchical constituent structure" (789 984 €)
2010-2014  European Research Council Senior Grant ( 2 486 640 €)
1999-2001  EEC European network “Imaging of language functions in the brain” (70 000 €)
1999-2012  James S. Mc Donnell Foundation Centennial Fellowship (1,000,000 $)
2000-2004  EEC European network NEUROMATH (191 000 €)
2004-2007  EEC European network NUMBRA “Numeracy and brain development” (394 537 €)
2005-2008  EEC Grant NEST-NEUROCOM “Neural origins of language and communication” (339 390 €)
2005-2008  Volkswagen Foundation”Cognitive Neuroimaging” (153 000 €)
2006-2009  ANR Agence Nationale de la Recherche “Origins of reading” (148 111 €)
2007-2011  HFSP Human Frontier Science Program “The brain’s turing machine” ( 270 000 $)
Recurrent funding from INSERM, Collège de France, and University of Paris XI.
2011  Doctor, honoris causa, University of Lisbon  
2011  Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur
2010  Honorary Professor, East China Normal University (Shanghai)
2010   Member, National Academy of Sciences USA
2010  Corresponding Fellow, British Academy



14:30-16:30 17 NOVEMBER


Brain and cognitive sciences

“Know thyself”, says the Greek motto. In the past years, our ability to understand the brain mechanisms that underlie our thoughts has dramatically increased. Thanks to new brain imaging tools such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magneto-encephalography (MEG), the skull has become virtually transparent, and the anatomy and activity of the living human brain is being revealed in increasing detail. Thus, questions that used to belong solely to psychology and cognitive science can now be integrated into the neuroscience agenda. I will present examples drawn from recent work on the psychology and neuroscience of uniquely human abilities for calculation and reading. The neural circuits that allow us to recognize a written word such as “eight”, access its meaning, and use it in conscious computations, are increasingly being uncovered. This improved understanding has consequences for both medicine and education.