Stanislas Dehaene

Stanislas Dehaene

Stanislas Dehaene born May 12, 1965, France, Professor of Experimental Cognitive Psychology at the Collège de France, Paris; Director of the INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, NeuroSpin, Saclay, France. Member of US Academy of Sciences, British Academy, French Academy of Sciences, Pontifical Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, and Academia Europae.

Honors and awards

  • 2013  Roger de Spoelberch Prize
  • 2008  Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science
  • 2003  Louis D. Prize, Institut de France (with D. Le Bihan)
  • 2001  Jean-Louis Signoret Prize, IPSEN Foundation
  • 1999  James S. McDonnell Centennial Fellowship

Current research interests

I study how the human brain acquires and implements the symbolic processes that underlie language and mathematics. My laboratory clarified the role of two brain regions: the intraparietal sulcus for number sense and the left occipito-temporal cortex for word reading. We investigate how these regions change as a function of education, and how they interconnect to language areas, particularly during the processing of nested expressions, a function that may be unique to humans. We also attempt to clarify the mechanisms of consciousness by studying whether these cognitive processes can unfold with subliminal stimuli, and which brain events characterize conscious processing.