Frédérique de Vignemont (IJN) gained a fellowship at the Italian Academy (Columbia Univ.) in NY

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Paul Egré (Jean Nicod) has been awarded the 2016 CNRS Bronze Medal


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Awards and Honors - 2012-2014


François Recanati (IJN) was awarded the CNRS Silver Medal in 2014, and was named honorary doctor at Stockholm University the same year.

Emmanuel Chemla(LSCP) and Brian Hill (associate member LLC-IHPST) were awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal.


François Recanati (Head of the Jean Nicod Institute) was elected «Foreign Honorary Fellow» of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Laurent Cleret de Langavant, member of NPI/IEC, has received the award of "le Prix Le Monde de la Recherche Universitaire 2012", for the work he has conducted under the supervision of Anne-Catherine Bachoud-Levi (Head of NPI), entitled: "La désignation et la notion de seconde personne. Etude chez l'adulte sain et cérébro-lésé".



Catherine Tallon-Baudry (LNC/Visual Cognition Group) has obtained an ERC grant for the project BRAVIUS. Read more ...

Sid Kouider (LSCP) has obtained an ERC grant for the project METAWARE.

Alain de Cheveigné (Laboratoire des Systémes Perceptifs) have obtained a grant from the H2020 programme for the COCOHA project.


Alain de Cheveigné (Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs) have obtained a grant from the H2020 programme for the COCOHA project (Cognitive Control of a Hearing Aid). ENS (coordinator), University College London, Technical University of Danmark, University of Zurich, and Oticon are involved in the project.

We propose to design a hearing aid system that can be mentally (cognitively) steered so as to allow a more “natural communication” for the hearing disabled, a population that forms over 7% of Europeans (50 million people). Hearing disabilities lead to a degraded quality of life, exclusion, and associated costs for society. Hearing aids (and cochlear implants), while effective in quiet, are still unreliable in noisy reverberant environments typical of realistic everyday life situations. Based on recent success in decoding non-invasive cortical recordings (EEG, MEG), and our multidisciplinary team (of engineers, neurophysiologists, psychophysicists, and audiologists), we propose to develop and implement algorithms to decode brain signals picked up by EEG electrodes to extract intention signals, and to match them to acoustic sources within the environment. These in turn will steer an acoustic beam-former towards the targeted speaker or sound source. We propose to implement the design within a real hearing aid, and to evaluate the outcome with normal and hearing impaired subjects. The results of this project will benefit hearing aid and cochlear-implant industries (well represented in Europe), and the end users who are the elderly and hearing impaired. It will also lead to increased scientific understanding and knowledge of attention mechanisms, and how they might be harnessed to control sensory inputs. We hope the results of this project will be a forerunner for broader applications of cognitive brain imaging to decipher and exploit human intentions in prosthetic sensory systems, especially given the increased availability, miniaturization, and affordability of EEG recording setups in scientific research and medical diagnostics.

Five researchers have obtained French ANR grants in 2014:

Christian Lorenzi (Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs): "Heart" (Hearing in Time).
Benjamin Spector and Paul Egré(Institut Jean Nicod): "Trivalent logics and natural language meaning".
Valentin Wyart (Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives): "Sous-optimalité de la prise de décision humaine: repenser les modèles du choix en termes de contraintes neurobiologiques".
Alex Cristia(LSCP): "Mechanisms of Early Lexical Acquisition".

An ERC grant was awarded to Dan Sperber (IJN), his CEU colleagues Gyorgy Gergely and Gunther Knpblich, and Josep Call (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig) for their joint project "Constructing Social Minds: Coordination, Communication, and Cultural Transmission"

Anne Christophe(Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique) has been awarded an ANR "Apprentissages" (project: LangLearn)

Boris Gutkin (Group For Neural Theory / Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitves) has been awarded a grant from PSL* to finance a collaborative project between GNT/Collége de France/INRIA for a project on visual development.

Sophie Deneve (Group for neuronal Theory/LNC) has been awarded an ERC "Startint grant" entitled "Predispike". She won a "James McDonnell foundation award" as well.

Emmanuel Chemla (LSCP, IEC Linguistics) has been awarded an ERC "Starting grant" entitled "Psycho-Semantics: new data for formal semantics models, stronger frameworks for experimental studies".

Philippe Schlenker (IEC Linguistics, IJN, NYU) has been awarded an ERC "Advanced grant" entitled "New Frontiers of Formal Semantics".

Jean Lorenceau has been awarded a PEPS PSL-CNRS "Sciences en ligne" (UMS 3332, RISC).