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NeuroStories : Emprise de tête

Five researchers will reveal their findings on what influences our brain!

See you Thursday, November 24 at 7:00 pm!

The videos of the 2022 NeuroStories are available online here (link to our YouTube channel)

Note: this event is in French 🇫🇷

During an evening, come and discover some examples of what can influence your brain and therefore your choices, your behaviors! Substances, age, social networks: through the latest research in neuroscience, our speakers will explain their discoveries in a simple way. 2 male and 3 female researchers = 5 stand-ups of 15 minutes to travel through the universe of influences, whether they are biological, psychological or social! 

This year again, we are pleased to offer you a hybrid event!

⚠️ On-site registration is full, but you can register online.

You will have the opportunity to interact with our speakers and ask your questions live!

The live stream will be broadcasted on Facebook, we will provide you with the link very soon.


For registration, you will find the form below!

Les NeuroStories ont eu lieu le 24/11/2022. Rendez-vous l'année prochaine pour la 5ème édition !

5 speakers / 5 stand-ups of 15 minutes

Each year, NeuroMarseille tells stories on a theme that is both philosophical and scientific. The objective is to make known, in an accessible way, the cutting-edge research conducted around the world in the field of neuroscience, with a focus on NeuroMarseille researchers! Each NeuroStory is told in the form of a 15-minute stand-up. This year, Elodie Giorla (PhD in neuroscience, former student in one of NeuroMarseille’s labs, now working at Neuro-sys) and the Neuronautes student association will host the evening. The 5 stand-ups will be followed by a question and answer session, and then, for those who are present, by a privileged exchange with the researchers. See you on November 24, starting at 7:00 pm!

To see all the photos and videos of this event, click-here.

Vous pouvez retrouver toutes les vidéos de l'édition 2021 ici.

The speakers

Discover the program!

    Christelle Baunez, PhD Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone - INT (CNRS-AMU)

    Many people think that drug addiction is a question of willpower, or even of morality! In fact, we are not all equal when it comes to drug abuse. How can we act? What is the influence of others on drug use? Intuitively, we can think that the presence of a friend can encourage us to use drugs... This is not necessarily the case!

    Christelle Baunez: her biography

    Christelle Baunez is a Research Director at CNRS. She leads the BAGAMORE team (Basal Ganglia, Motivation and Reward) at the Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone (INT). She works on animals and human subjects to better understand motivated behaviors and their dysfunctions.

      Mike Altounian, PhD Institut de Biologie du Développement de Marseille - IBDM (CNRS-AMU)

      Fetal development is a critical period for the formation of a healthy brain: together we will see how environmental factors such as alcohol affect the establishment of connections in the brain and how this can influence later behavior in adulthood.

      Mike Altounian: his biography

      Pure product of Marseille, I did all my studies in Luminy where I obtained my PhD on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on brain development in December 2022 in the team of Fanny Mann at the Institute of Developmental Biology of Marseille (IBDM). I am now a post-doc in Harold Cremer’s team at IBDM where I study the molecular mechanisms involved in cortical neurogenesis.

        Olivia Petit, PhD KEDGE Business School

        Today, brands are increasingly using neuromarketing to better understand the consumer's brain. But what exactly is it? Far from the fantasy of the buy button that brands could press in the consumer's brain to make them buy what they want, neuromarketing allows us to better understand the impact of marketing on our brain. It can be a useful tool for public authorities to better control marketing practices when necessary to better protect the consumer.

        Olivia Petit: her biography

        Dr. Olivia Petit is an associate professor at KEDGE Business School. She obtained her PhD at Aix-Marseille University, (CERGAM, IAE – Ecole Supérieure de Commerce / Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive (LPC) – FED 3C. Her research was awarded by the Nestlé Foundation and the EMAC McKinsey Marketing Dissertation Award. Her research interests include consumer neuroscience, sensory marketing, food and digital marketing. She conducts experimental studies including implicit methods (Neuroimaging: fMRI, eye-tracker, IATs). Dr Olivia Petit is particularly interested in the role of (multi-)sensory interactions in the consumer experience through new technologies. Her research has been published in scientific journals in marketing (Journal of Retailing, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Interactive Marketing, Marketing Letters, Psychology & Marketing), neuroscience (Brain and Cognition, Behavioral and Brain Sciences), psychology (Frontiers in Psychology) and food (Appetite, Food Quality and Preference).

          Dr. Flora Bat-Pitault Service de psychiatrie infanto-juvénile - Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Marseille -

          Clinical descriptions of Anorexia nervosa have evolved over the centuries. Body perception disorder or dysmorphophobia is currently a diagnostic criterion that influences patients' brains in such a way that they perceive their bodies as fat when they are most often very thin. Through Eva's eyes, I will talk about this disturbed perception...

          Flora Bat-Pitault: her biography

          Child psychiatrist in the adolescent department of the public assistance hospital of Marseille, flora BAT-PITAULT is specialized in Eating Disorders (ED) and Sleep. Secretary of the French Federation of Anorexia and Bulimia, a multidisciplinary association of professionals involved in the treatment of ADD and partner of family and user associations, flora BAT-PITAULT also holds a thesis in Neuroscience and is involved in research on ADD and in particular on the body perception disorder or dysmorphophobia of patients. 

            Stephane Luchini, PhD Aix-Marseille School of Economics

            How do we commit ourselves in human societies? Most often through an oath, a ritual in which we swear, we commit ourselves. The oath is a quasi-invariant of societies, it has crossed the history of humanity. And yet, the oath seems to have been forgotten by the experimental sciences that study how we make decisions. Does the oath influence behavior? How do we think when we are under oath? What happens in our brains?

            Stéphane Luchini: his biography

            Stéphane Luchini is a Research Fellow at the CNRS. He is an economist, member of the Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE) and his main interest lies in the understanding of decision mechanisms and how institutions influence our behavior. He has been engaged for several years in interdisciplinary research with physicians, psychologists, sociologists and neuro-biologists. 

              Elodie Giorla | PhD Our host for the evening

              After obtaining her PhD in neuroscience, Elodie did a post-doc at INT, and is currently working in the R&D department of Neuro-sys in Gardanne. She has actively participated in NeuroMarseille events, and continues to be a close member of the institute. This year, she will once again host the NeuroStories evening!

              Practical information


              November 24th from 7pm to 9pm.

              Where ?

              • Lycée de L’Olivier (14 rue Robert Coffy 13012 Marseille). The school is located 5 minutes walk from the terminus of the Metro 1 (La Fourragère) and has a free parking.
              • Live on Facebook

              How can I join ?

              • For the live: a link will be sent to you after registration


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

                • Sylvie THIRION, lecturer at Aix Marseille University and researcher at the INP
                • Thierry CHAMINADE, researcher at the INT, Aix Marseille University
                • Anne-Marie FRANCOIS-BELLAN, researcher at the INP, Aix Marseille University
                • Elodie GIORLA, PhD, R&D Manager at Neuro-Cys
                • Guillaume MARTINENT, lecturer and researcher at the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1
                • Felipe Pegado, post-doc at LNC, Aix Marseille University
                • Gabrielle GALLON, PhD, Director of Operations at the NeuroMarseille Institute, Aix Marseille University
                • Théo DUPONT, communication officer at the NeuroMarseille Institute, Aix Marseille University
              •  SPEAKER COACH : Olivier CHABROL (also coach for MT180), engineer at the I2M, Aix Marseille University
              • PARTNER STUDENT ASSOCIATION: Les Neuronautes
              • HOSTING PLACE: the management of the Lycée de l’Olivier for the kind availability of its theater
              • CAPTATION AND LIVE : the association In Media Res

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