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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Bruno GUIARD a obtenu le prix



Bruno Guiard

Bruno GUIARD, a obtenu le prix Pierre Fabre Médicament. Ce prix lui a été remis lors du congrès annuel de la Société Francophone du Diabète à Paris en mars  2014.


Son projet, intitulé "Mécanisme de résistance aux antidépresseurs dans un modèle de comorbidité diabète de type 2 et dépression chez la souris", sera développé dans l'UMR 5169, Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale, à Toulouse.




Honeybees taste with sugar-sensing

claws on forelegs


New research on the ability of honeybees to taste with claws on their forelegs reveals details on how this information is processed, according to a study published in the open-access journal, Frontiers in Neuroscience.

Insects taste through sensilla, hair-like structures on the body that contain receptor nerve cells, each of which is sensitive to a particular substance. In many insects, for example the honeybee, sensilla are found on the mouthparts, antenna and the tarsi – the end part of the legs.

Gabriela de Brito Sanchez

Honeybees weigh information from each tarsi to decide whether to feed, finds the latest study led by Dr. Gabriela de Brito Sanchez CNRS researcher at the University of Toulouse and Dr. Martin Giurfa, Director of the Research Centre on Animal Cognition, University of Toulouse.


"The tarsal taste of honey bees: behavioral and electrophysiological analyses"

Maria Gabriela de Brito Sanchez, Esther Lorenzo, Songkun Su, Fanglin Liu, Yi Zhan and Martin Giurfa,

Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 8, février 2014.


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The Young Investigator Award of the French IUSSI

awarded to Aurore Avarguès-Weber



Aurore Avarguès-Weber

The Young Investigator Award of the French IUSSI (International Union for the Study of Social Insects) has been awarded to Aurore Avarguès-Weber.

This prize is granted for the achievements of her PhD thesis performed at the CRCA and of her post doctoral stage performed at Queen Mary University London.

She will receive this award during the meeting of the French IUSSI at Villetaneuse, on August 28th – 30th 2013.





Hot From the Press


Giurfa M.

"Cognition with few neurons: higher-order learning in insects"

Trends Neurosci. 2013 May;36(5):285-94.


 Remaud J, Ceccom J, Carponcy J, Dugué L, Menchon G, Pech S, Halley H, Francés B, Dahan L.

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

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Flavien Mougenot, Maud Combe, Raphaël Jeanson

"Ontogenesis and dynamics of aggregation in a solitary spider"

Animal Behaviour, Volume 84, Issue 2, August 2012, Pages 391–398


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Research Training


Thursday 23 October

CBIPhDPostDoc meeting

Véronique DUBOC

"Deciphering genetic control of zebrafish epithalamic asymmetries and their impact on behavioural traits"

Partick Blader‘s team, CBD

Charlotte BEZZINA

"Epileptic phenotype in the Tg2576 mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease"

MPV’s team, CRCA

12h15, salle de l'IBCG

Thursday 23 October

Soutenance de thèse

Jessica REMAUD

"Etude de la plasticité synaptique hippocampique induite par un apprentissage contextuel"

MAP team, CRCA

14h, salle de l'IBCG

Friday 24 October


"Insect navigation: from eyes to cognition"

School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex

12h15, salle Vandel

Friday 31 October


"If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too? Exploring when you should, and why"

Cajal Institute (CSIC) - Madrid, Spain - LAPLACE, UMR 5213 - Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

12h15, salle Vandel




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