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“Brain, culture and society” program

Because it has the capacity to attract the best and brightest international researchers, the Paris IAS has the ambition of initiating projects that can generate innovative knowledge and challenge established frameworks of thought.

In the same way that the life sciences, and in particular neurosciences, cannot claim to fully understand the human being without relying on the knowledge produced by the humanities, it is insufficient to study human action and consciousness in the humanities and social sciences, without integrating the achievements of neuro-anatomical and neuro-functional studies.

The IAS has therefore chosen to open a privileged dialogue between neuroscience and the social and human sciences. Particular attention is paid to the possible impact of research in society-body-mind-brain interactions on major societal challenges, such as physical and mental health and bioengineering, education and learning, group conflicts and violence, and adaptation to changing natural, industrial and urban environments.

The objective of this programme is to enable the human and social sciences, as well as the brain sciences, to renew their approaches to classical objects and to invest new fields of research with bold and innovative projects.

By hosting neuroscience researchers in residence (from a few weeks to one academic year) in an environment composed mainly of experts in the humanities and social sciences, the Institute creates the possibility for otherwise improbable exchanges and confrontations with different ways of thinking.

Directly related to the Île-de-France research community, the IAS also organizes several events each year –from the half-day workshop to international conferences– bringing together specialists from the brain and life sciences (neuroscientists, psychologists and psychiatrists) and HSS researchers.

The support group of the “Brain, culture and society” program

The Paris IAS has appointed a group of outstanding interdisciplinary researchers in order to support the development of the HSS-Neuroscience program, to assist in the selection of the themes to be taken up in workshops and conferences, and to give suggestions for the researchers that could be invited for a stay at the institute.

The committee meets about two times per year and consists of:

  • Alain Berthoz, Collège de France (Neuroscience), Chair
  • Grégoire Borst, Université Paris Cité (Developmental Psychology)
  • Julie GRÈZES, Inserm - École normale supérieure (Neuroscience)
  • Étienne KOECHLIN, Inserm, École normale supérieure (Neuroscience)
  • Elisabeth PACHERIE, CNRS (Philosophy)
  • Denis PESCHANSKI, CNRS (History)
  • François RECANATI, Collège de France (Philosophy)
  • Catherine TALLON-BEAUDRY, École normale supérieure (Neuroscience)

Fellows of the program

  • Hervé ABDI, Texas University, Dallas, 2014-2015 fellow (Statistics and Cognitive sciences)
  • Salvatore AGLIOTI, Università La Sapienza, 2019-2020 fellow (Neuroscience)
  • Pascal BOYER, Washington University in St. Louis, 2021-2022 fellow (Anthropology and Psychology)
  • Pia CAMPEGGIANI, Università di Bologna, 2019-2019 fellow (Philosophy)
  • Chiara CAPPELLETTO, Università di Milano, 2014 fellow (Philosophy and Aesthetics)
  • Emmanuelle DANBLON, Université libre de Bruxelles, 2015 fellow (Philosophie and Linguistics)
  • Roberta DE MONTICELLI, Università San Raffaele, 2019-2020 fellow (Philosophy)
  • Beatrice De Gelder,  Maastricht University, 2021-2022 fellow (Neuroscience)
  • Jean DECETY, University of Chicago, 2022 felow (Social Neuroscience)
  • Tamar FLASH, Weizmann Institute of Science, 2017-2018 fellow (Mathématics)
  • Itzhak FRIED, University of California, Los Angeles & University of Tel-Aviv, 2016-2017 fellow (Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)
  • Patrick HAGGARD, University College London, 2016-2017 & 2019-2020 fellow (Cognitive Neuroscience)
  • Michael HÄUSSER, University College London, 2018 fellow (Neuroscience)
  • Giandomenico IANNETTI, University College London, 2017 fellow (Neuroscience)
  • Ildikó KIRALY, Eötvös Loránd University, 2019-2020 fellow (Psychology)
  • Morten KRINGELBACH, Université of Oxford, 2016 fellow (Cognitive Neuroscience)
  • John KULVICKI, Dartmouth College, 2018 fellow (Philosophy)
  • Laurence T. MALONEY, New York University, 2019-2020 fellow (Psychology)
  • Rocco MENNELLA, ENS Paris, 2019-2020 fellow (Psychology)
  • Hélène NEVEU, University College London, 2016 fellow (Anthropology)
  • Dilip NINAN, Tufts University, 2020-2021 fellow (Philosophy)
  • Robert PASNAU, University of Colorado - Boulder, 2019-2020 fellow (Philosophy)
  • Andrea PINOTTI, Università degli Studi di Milano, 2017-2018 fellow (Philosophy and Aesthetics)
  • Philippe ROCHAT, Emory University, 2014 fellow (Developmental Psychology)
  • Sahar SADJADI, Amherst College, 2018-2019 fellow (Médical Anthropology)
  • Elizabeth SPELKE, Harvard University, 2017-2018 fellow (Psychology)
  • Leor ZMIGROD, Cambridge University, 2020-2021 fellow (Psychology)
  • Jean DECETY, University of Chicago, 2021-2022 fellow (Social Neuroscience)
  • Beatrice DE GELDER, University of Maastricht, 2021-2022 fellow (Cognitive Neuroscience)
  • Pascal BOYER, University of Washington, 2021-2022 fellow (Psychology)