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Hervé PLATEL Professor of Neuropsychology

Course and current status

Current Situation: Full Professor (1rst class) in Neuropsychology at University of Caen Normandy and Head of Inserm U1077 Nimh research unit since january 2022.

Research Unit: Inserm-EPHE-UniCaen U1077 “Neuropsychology and Imaging of Human Memory” - Pôle des Formations et de Recherche en Santé (PFRS) 2, rue des Rochambelles, 14032 Caen Cedex CS 14032 

Phone : +33(0)2 31 56 83 81 


Professional experiences 

1994-1996 : Attaché Temporaire d’Enseignement et de Recherche  

1996- 1997 : Maître de Conférences Stagiaire à l’Université de CAEN. 

septembre 1997 : Maître de Conférences titulaire (Psychologie) à l’Université de CAEN (U.F.R. des Sciences de la Vie, UFR de Psychologie) 

septembre 2004 : Professeur titulaire (2ème classe), spécialité Neuropsychologie (UFR de Psychologie) 

septembre 2010 : Professeur titulaire (1ère classe)

Scientific summary

I conduct research on the cognitive neuropsychology of music. Initiated in order to better understand the perceptual dissociations (auditory agnosias) observed in brain-damaged patients (Lechevalier et al. 1999), these studies have given rise to fundamental research using functional neuroimaging techniques in order to highlight the neural substrates of musical perception (Platel et al. 1997; Platel, 2001) and musical long-term memory (Platel et al. 2003; Platel, 2005; Groussard et al. 2010 a,b,c). The results of this work make it possible to envisage the use of music, on the one hand as original material for the investigation of cognitive functions, with interesting possibilities for diagnostic, and on the other hand offers new clinical perspectives particularly in the management of patients with dementia or focal lesions (Groussard, Mauger & Platel, 2013; Platel & Groussard, 2020; Coppalle et al 2020, Platel et al., 2021). More broadly, this fundamental and clinical work raises the question of the place of artistic practices in the management of brain-damaged patients (Platel & Thomas-Antérion, 2014) and the mechanisms explaining the neuropsychological impact  of Art practices (neuroplasticity, cognitive reserve) as an individual and social practice in the context of aging (Fauvel et al., 2013; 2014a; Groussard et al. 2020).

On the methodological level, this neuroimaging studies on the effects of musical practices on the brain has enabled us to gain expertise in the use of functional connectivity analysis methods (Fauvel et al. 2014b; Gagnepain et al. 2017 Cantou et al. 2018).

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