How do young children identify, among all the sensory signals they perceive (visual, auditory, olfactory, haptic, proprioceptive, kinesthetic, etc.), those related to their movements and actions?
As part of the ERC project "FEEL: A new approach to understanding consciousness: how to understand arises in humans and (possibly) robots. At the Babylab of the Integrative Neurosciences Cognitive Center (INCC), we study the appearance and development of "feeling" and the notion of "self" in children. These questions are addressed through the experimental protocols that study how children establish correspondences, then causal links, between the motor actions they make and the sensory consequences of these. I work under the direction of Kevin O'Regan and in close collaboration with Jacqueline Fagard and Rana Esseily. I am also interested in children's ability to abstract and their problem-solving skills.
My doctoral thesis, which I defended in 2018, focuses on spatial cognition. More specifically, it addresses the question of the role of corporal movements in orientation and navigation, in real and virtual spaces.
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