L'université Paul Sabatier



Welcome to the Research Center on Animal Cognition

(CNRS - UPS Research Institute n°5169)



Director : Martin GIURFA

Assistant director : Bernard FRANCES


UMR 5169, Bât IVR3, 118 route de Narbonne F-31062 Toulouse cedex 09

Tél.: +33 5 61 55 67 31, Fax: +33 5 61 55 61 54


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France Alzheimer et Maladies Apparentées

Laure Verret has been awarded


Following the 2014 call for proposal of France Alzheimer et Maladies Apparentées, Laure VERRET (Memory Aging and Plasticity team of CRCA) has been awarded a 99,500€ grant for her project "Interneuronal Plasticity in Alzheimer's Disease". The aim of this project is to determine whether experience-dependent plasticity of interneurons is altered in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease, and identify new targets to restore cognitive functions.


France Alzheimer et Maladies Apparentées financially supports research projects for nearly 30 years. To highlight this commitment, but also the work of the researchers, the association has decided to shed the light on 4 of the 14 granted projects in 2015-2016, including Laure Verret's one. Here is the cartoon!


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Laure Verret




Fyssen Foundation 2015

Early Career Research Grant


Mathieu Lihoreau

Mathieu Lihoreau was awarded an Early Career Research Grant from the Fyssen Foundation 2015.


His project, entitled « Spatial cognition in bees : How tiny brains solve complex navigational problems », will initiate research on the movement rules of pollinators in semi-natural conditions, in collaboration with neurosbiologists, ecologists et bioinformaticians.




French Society for the Study of

Animal Behavior Young Scientist Award 2015


Aurore Avarguès-Weber's young scientific carrier is promoted through the SFECA 2015 Young Scientist award. The prize will be awarded during the annual conference of the society that will be held in Strasbourg from the 21th to the 23th of April, in which Aurore will present her research.

She worked on honey bees visual cognitive skills in the CRCA during her PhD defended in 2010. She then left to London (Queen Mary University - Prof. Lars Chittka team) for a postdoctoral position on information transfer between individuals in bumblebees. She is currently working back in the CRCA to investigate the neurobiological basis of visual learning in honey bees.

Aurore Avarguès-Weber




Bees see the forest for the trees

(Bees see global)


Does the tree hide the forest, or does the forest stand for the trees? Do we first look at a whole scene to focus afterwards on its details, or do we first focus on details and then on the whole scene?

This question has been studied intensively in humans and various animal species, in particular primates, in order to determine how vision captures the images of the world that surrounds us.

Numerous studies revealed a fundamental difference between humans and the animals studied so far: while humans prioritize global vision over details of an image, animals seem to follow the opposite strategy: they focus mostly on details and afterwards on a scene as a whole.



An exception to this distinction has been revealed  by a new study on honeybees. This small insect depends strongly on its sense of vision to navigate efficiently and to detect and recognize the flowers as well as the hive and its surroundings. New results by Aurore Avarguès-Weber & Martin Giurfa from the University of Toulouse (France) published in Proceedings of the Royal Society – Biological Sciences show that when bees are confronted with the choice of focusing on either the details or the integrality of an image, they prefer to rely on the global image, like humans.


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Award of Académie des Sciences, Inscriptions

et Belles-Lettres of Toulouse


Anaïs Khuong

The Académie des Sciences, Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres of Toulouse annually awards young doctors prizes for their research.


Anaïs Khuong was awarded the Prize Lucien Babonneau for her PhD thesis about modelling the individual building behaviour of the epigeous structure of the nest in Lasius niger.

The award ceremony will take place on December 7 2014.



Website of the Académie





Hot From the Press


Roussel Edith, Carcaud Julie, Combe Maud, Giurfa Martin, Sandoz Jean-christophe

"Olfactory coding in the honeybee lateral horn"

Current Biology, 24, 561-567.


 Remaud Jessica, Ceccom Johnatan, Carponcy Julien, Dugué Laura, Menchon Grégory, Pech Stéphane, Halley Hélène, Francés Bernard, Dahan Lionel

"Anisomycin injection in area CA3 of the hippocampus impairs both short-term and long-term memories of contextual fear"

Learning & Memory, 21(6):311-5.


Jeanson Raphael, Weidenmüller Anja

"Interindividual variability in social insects - proximate causes and ultimate consequences"

Biological Reviews, 89(3):671-87.


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Research Training


Thursday 18 December

CBI meeting


"Maintenance of Sister Chromatid Cohesion"



"Nutritional ecology beyong the individual: what Drosophila have to offer?"


12h15, salle IBCG

Friday 19 December

Emmanuel BARBEAU

"Functional organization of medial temporal lobe structures in the human"

CerCo, Toulouse

12h15, salle Vandel




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