My research focuses on understanding the cognitive and cerebral mechanisms underlying: (1) Emotion processing and regulation in the general population and in psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder and; (2) The positive effects of cognitive or mental trainings, such as psychosocial interventions and meditation-based mental training in these populations. I use a combination of cognitive paradigms as well as functional and anatomical MRI to pursue these objectives.
Bipolar Disorders; Brain Plasticity; Emotions; Cognitive training; MRI; fMRI
In this multi-center international study, conducted under the umbrella of the ENIGMA consortium, I am working with DTI data from about 3000 subjects (half patients with bipolar disorder, half controls) from 26 cohorts, thus constituting the largest DTI database of bipolar patients known today. My goal is to identify reliably and reproducibly, with the use of machine learning algorythms, white matter microstructural abnormalities that could characterize these patients.
The ReSource project is a large-scale longitudinal study on meditation-based mental training. The goal of this 11-month program is to cultivate compassion, gratitude, motivation pro-social, etc. but also to improve subjective well-being and health through different mental training modules (3 months each). The “Presence” module focuses on attention training and interoceptive awareness. The "Affect" module aims to strengthen compassion and gratitude towards others as well as to improve the management of difficult emotions through the training of socio-emotional skills. The objective of the module "Perspective" is to train the socio-cognitive skills, such as theory of mind and metacognitive capacities.
The purpose of my work in this project is to evaluate change in emotional reactivity and its associated cerebral network after the overall ReSource program as well as the differential effect the 3 modules.
Description: The BiPed project is my PhD project. The objectives of this project were, first, to identify brain abnormalities underlying emotional and cognitive disorders in bipolar disorders, and second, to identify how psychoeducation, a specific and structured psychosocial intervention, can modulate these brain abnormalities.
Publications : Favre et al., 2016, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics; Favre et al., 2015, PloS One; Favre et al., 2014, JAD; Favre et al., 2013, Psych. Res.: Neuroimaging.
Description: This clinical study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The originality of this study lies in the choice of the target region, which is determined individually by an fMRI task measuring motor impulsivity: the "Stop Signal Task" (SST).
Description: This project focuses on the effects of a mindfulness meditation program: the FOVEA program on i) low-level emotional visual perception (by manipulating the spatial frequency of images) and ii) on eating behaviors, food impulsivity in particular.
Post-doctoral researcher at Neurospin research center (CEA – Paris Saclay)
Post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognition and Brain Science, Dept. of Social Neuroscience (Leipzig, Germany)
“In-Doc” Research internship in the University of Cambridge (UK)
PhD in Cognitive Sciences, Psychology and Neurocognition (Lab of Psychology and NeuroCognition, Grenoble, France)
Research Master (2nd yr): Clinical Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (University of Grenoble, France)
Master (1st yr) in Cognitive Psychology (University of Grenoble, France)
Bachelor in Psychology (University of Grenoble, France)
Baccalaureate in Science (Specialty: Biology), Academy of Grenoble
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Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany
University Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France
Lecture in the IMPRS NeuroCom research school program (MPI, Leipzig)
Lecture on Social cognition and emotion: “Emotion regulation and psycho-social intervention”
Teacher assistant in Psychology degree