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NeuroStories: Emotionally yours - in French

On November 23rd from 6 pm, five researchers will share with us their secrets on the language of emotions, whether in animals, humans or robots. They will also talk about those humans who do not feel any emotions.

See you on November 23rd at 6 pm live on YouTube

Science needs to get rid of them, but this does not prevent from studying them. Emotions are not only the salt of our lives. They spice up our passions, perfume our memories, roast our movements. Five starred chefs invite us to their table to share their secrets on the language and flavour of emotions, in animals, men and robots.

5 researchers / 5 stand-ups of 10 minutes

Each year, NeuroMarseille tells us stories on a theme that is both philosophical and scientific. The objective is to disseminate, in an accessible way, the cutting-edge research conducted in Marseille and elsewhere in the field of neuroscience. Each NeuroStory is told in the form of a 10-minute stand-up in French. The 5 stand-ups are followed by talks and allow you a privileged exchange with the researchers. See you on November 23rd from 6 pm on YouTube.

Scroll down to discover the speakers of this 2020 edition!

Mandatory registration

We regret to announce that the event will be fully digitized. It will be broadcasted on Live YouTube (NeuroSchool). Do not hesitate to register to receive the login link!

You will also have the opportunity to follow NeuroStories in Live YouTube (NeuroSchool).


Les NeuroStories ont eu lieu le 23/11/2020. Rendez-vous l'année prochaine pour la 3ème édition !


Discover the subjects of the 5 stand-up proposed by researchers specialized in the study of emotions. To learn more about each speaker, do not hesitate to click on “biography”.

    Centre PsyCLÉ : centre de recherche en psychologie de la connaissance, du langage et de l'émotion (AMU) Jean-Baptiste Pavani | Maître de Conférences en psychologie différentielleBiography


    Why do we observe people who are generally more enthusiastic, dynamic, and optimistic than others? Why are some people also generally more anxious, worried, and pessimistic than others? Jean-Baptiste Pavani (AMU) will shed light on these questions by evoking what is going on in our brain. He will talk about the existence of basic emotional systems, present in the brains of human beings as well as in the brains of the most rudimentary animals. These systems are involved in two functions essential to our survival: perceiving the rewards and punishments that surround us. He will also discuss how emotions have an activity that varies from one person to another, and the consequences of these variations on the personality of these individuals.

      Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive (AMU) Marie MONTANT | Maître de Conférences en neurosciences

      For reasons of unavailability, Marie Montant will not be present at the Live. You will nevertheless be able to attend the reading of her talk by Laure Tosatto (Psychologist specialised in neuropsychology and doctoral student in cognitive psychology, Cognitive Psychology Laboratory - Comparative Cognitive Cognition Team).

      The talk session will be given by Julie Gullstrand, ethologist and coordinator of the Behaviour and Cognition Plateau of the Primate de Rousset (Cognitive Psychology Laboratory - Comparative Cognition Team) and Laure Tosatto.



      In France, the law defines animals as “objects of right”, property that can be owned or used. A law of 2015 requalifies them as living beings endowed with sensitivity. The animal remains a good, but its sensitivity places it above non-living objects and legally protects it against all forms of abuse. As for human beings, they are considered as “subjects of rights”, persons, and in this respect, they are – legally – different from other animals. What about the cognitive level? Is sentience the only aspect in which human and non-human animals are similar? If not, what else? From primates to sperm whales, from octopus to water spiders, I propose to question the notions of continuity/discontinuity between species, by evoking the approaches by which we try to access the mental universes of other animals.

        Institut de Neurosciences de le Timone (AMU) Thierry Chaminade | Chercheur CNRS Biography


        Science will go beyond fiction when humanoid robots enter our homes, first as therapeutic support in autism spectrum disorders, then as companions. But will they be accepted? Will they be friends, animals, tools? My work on the cerebral bases of human-computer interactions brings elements of an answer to this question. By comparing brain activity when people play or talk with a robot compared to a human, we have identified different responses in different regions, including the hypothalamus, a subcortical nucleus that secretes the neurohormone oxytocin involved in social bonding, which is only activated for the human agent. Other differences in the areas associated with the attribution of mental states imply, following the proposal of the philosopher Daniel Dennett, that one does not adopt an intentional posture when interacting with a machine even when it shows signs of intelligence, which will have negative consequences on the acceptance of artificial agents as companions regardless of their social competence.

          Laboratoire de Psychologie Clinique, de Psychopathologie et de Psychanalyse (AMU) Vincent Bréjard | Maître de Conférences HDR en Psychopathologie Clinique, psychologue clinicienBiography


          Since the end of the 19th century, emotions have been the object of growing interest among psychologists. A. Damasio moreover underlined the importance of the emotional experience with his book “Descartes’ error: the reason of emotions”. Thus, the emotions are currently considered as one of the central elements of our experience, and of our adaptive potentials. But what happens when the emotion “derails”? When the human being finds himself in difficulty to identify, recognize, express his emotions, or to feel pleasure? What happens to them when they try to avoid feeling them? Alexithymia on the one hand and anhedonia on the other will serve as clinical examples to illustrate situations of disturbed cognitive-emotional functioning. Finally, I will present an example of a psychopathological problem mobilizing this dimension: addictions.

            Laboratoire sur les Vulnérabilités et l’Innovation dans le Sport (L-VIS) Guillaume Martinent | Maitre de conférences à l’université Claude Bernard Lyon 1Biography


            At a time when all the performance parameters (physical, technical, tactical and mental) are subject to advanced training to optimize sports performance, mental preparation becomes as essential as physical preparation.
            Why are some athletes anxious as they approach competition while others feel more excited and/or impatient to compete? Why are some athletes inhibited on the day of the competition while other athletes reveal unsuspected resources on the day of the competition? To what extent is it possible to modify and adjust one’s emotional feelings to facilitate performance and optimize functioning in stressful situations?
            If Descartes opposed reason, neutral and objective, to subjective emotions and thus approached emotions as a disruptive force for reason and cognition, current work emphasizes the need to overcome this opposition. More precisely, the concept of emotional intelligence highlights the primordial role played by emotions in the optimal functioning of individuals. Emotional competencies vary from one person to another with important consequences on the performance of individuals. However, independently of these inter-individual variations on emotional skills, applied scientific work shows that it is possible to develop these emotional skills to optimize one’s functioning, especially during stressful situations (sports competition).

            Useful information


            November 23rd from 6 pm to 9 pm.

            Opening of the doors of the theatre 17h30.


            Live on YouTube. 


            Our thanks go to all the good energies that have been mobilized to organize this event that promotes the transmission of knowledge and make the dialogue SCIENCE and SOCIETY possible.

              • François FERON
                Professeur de neurosciences, Faculté des Sciences Médicales et Paramédicales (AMU)
                Laboratoire : INP, CNRS UMR 7051
              • Anne-Marie FRANCOIS-BELLAN
                Chargée Recherche Inserm
                Laboratoire : INP, CNRS UMR 7051
              • Elodie GIORLA
                Post doctorante en neurosciences
                Laboratoire : INT, CNRS UMR 7289
              • Camille GRASSO
                Doctorante en neurosciences
                Laboratoire: LNC, CNRS UMR 7290
              • Evelyne MARCHETTI-GAUTHIER
                Professeur de Neuroscience, Faculté des Sciences Médicales et Paramédicales (AMU)
                Co-responsable de la licence Physiologie et Génomique Fonctionnelle
                Laboratoire : INP, CNRS UMR 7051
              • Oceane MERCIER
                Doctorante en neurosciences
                Laboratoire: IBDM, CNRS UMR 7288
              • Gabrielle GALLON, Directrice des opérations NeuroMarseille
              • Ingrid MEUCCI, Responsable Communication NeuroMarseille
              • Laurie ARNAUD, Gestionnaire NeuroMarseille
              • Olivier CHABROL (également coach pour MT180)
            • CONSULTANT
              • Alexia BELLEVILLE PEYRONEL
            • VENUE
              • L’équipe du Théâtre le CUBE (AMU)
            • RECORDING AND LIVE
              • Le Pôle Communication et Audiovisuel d’AMU : Anouk RIZZO, Katharina TEUCHER, Loic LARROUZE, Fanny TRIFILIEFF
              • Les Neuronautes
            • MEDIA CREATIONS
              • Isabelle ROULET

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