Director : Martin GIURFA
Assistant director : Claire RAMPON
The main goal of the Research Centre on Animal Cognition (CRCA) is the multidisciplinary and comparative study of cognitive processing in different animal models, from invertebrates to vertebrates.
- At the individual level, we are interested in perceptual processes, selective attention and learning and memory, both cue- and space-based. Understanding these phenomena requires a multidisciplinary approach combining tools from the study of animal behaviour, experimental psychology, neuroethology, neurobiology, molecular biology and modelling. Within this framework, the study of the animal brain and its associated plasticity is a priority of our institute.
- At the collective level, we are interested in the behavioural rules allowing the coordination of activities within a group, and in the emergence of complex collective behaviours through self-organization processes. We study therefore distributed cognition based on interactions and information transmission between individuals. Within this framework, we employ approaches derived from the study of animal behaviour, modelling, physics and robotics.
Research programs :
- Collective Animal Behaviour (CAB) - Group leader: Vincent Fourcassié
- Experience-Dependent Plasticity in Insects (EXPLAIN) - Group leaders: Martin Giurfa et Jean-Marc Devaud
- Interindividual Variability and Emergent Plasticity (IVEP) - Group leaders: Audrey Dussutour et Raphaël Jeanson
- Revealing Memory Mechanisms of the Brain (REMEMBeR) - Group leader: Claire Rampon
- Mitochondrial dynamics : from neurogenesis to neurodegeneration (MINDING) - Group leader : Pascale Belenguer