Offre d'emploi

A study on the role of the sense of control on sensory processing

This internship aims at investigating the influence of agency experience on sensory processing.


Numerous human activities rely on an interaction with automated systems. Automation technology shifted the role of operators from active controllers to passive supervisors of highly automated systems. This shift greatly reduced operators’ experience of control and in turn their anticipatory power. Notably, the fact of not being in direct control of the operations performed by the machine may decrease operators’ ability to predict the decisions and consequences of the actions of the machine, and may also decrease the processing of sensory information. This, in turn, reduces the ability of operators to anticipate potential problems and the actions to perform in case of failure. Within this framework, this internship aims at investigating the functional role of control experience (the experience of being in control of one’s action and of the consequences these actions generats) on sensory processing. The internship will take place at the French aerospace lab (ONERA) in Salon-de-Provence. The successful candidate will join the Cognitive Engineering and Applied Neuroscience team of the ONERA and will be supervised by Andrea Desantis. Travel to Marseille will be essential as the experiments will be conducted at the Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone.
The trainee will be required to:
– Conduct a review of the literature on the sense of agency and its influence on sensory processing.
– Participate in the design, programming, data collection and analysis of an experiment involving EEG and psychophysics.

Formation requise

Master en Sciences Cognitives ou disciplines associées

Profil recherché

We are looking for one Master 2 student in Cognitive Science or related disciplines

Compétences recherchées

The student should have some programming experience with Matlab (or Python) and some experience with statistical approaches such as permutation tests, ANOVA, linear modelling etc.

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