Stanislas Dehaene

Bio Outline


  • Advisor
  • Brain, Mind & Consciousness


  • Collège de France
Inserm-CEA, Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit


  • France


Habilitation (Cognitive Science), École des hautes études en sciences sociales
PhD (Cognitive Science), École des hautes études en sciences sociales
Masters (Applied Mathematics and Computer Science), University of Paris VI
Mathematics, École normale supérieure


Stanislas Dehaene’s research is focused on clarifying the brain mechanisms of cognitive functions specifically developed in the human species, such as reading, calculation, syntax and conscious reasoning.

His approach combines sophisticated behavioural paradigms with a variety of other experimental methods, including neuropsychological studies of brain-lesioned patients and brain-imaging studies with positron emission tomography, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), high- density recordings of event-related potentials and intracranial recordings in epilepsy patients.


The Brain Prize, 2014
Mind & Brain Prize, 2014
Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization, 2014
Member of the Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium, 2014
Grand Prix Inserm, 2013

Relevant Publications

Dehaene, S. (2014). Consciousness and the brain: Deciphering how the brain codes our thoughts. New York: Viking Penguin.
Dehaene, S., Pegado, F., Braga, L.W., Ventura, P. (2010). How learning to read changes the cortical networks for vision and language. Science, 330(6009), 1359–1364. DOI: 10.1126/science.1194140.

Knops, A., Thirion, B., Hubbard, E.M., Michel, V., Dehaene, S. ( 2009). Recruitment of an area involved in eye movements during mental arithmetic. Science 324(5934), 1583–85. DOI: 10.1126/science.1171599 .

Dehaene, S. (2009). Reading in the Brain. New York: Penguin.

Dehaene, S., Izard, V., Spelke, E., & Pica, P. (2008). Log or linear? Distinct intuitions of the number scale in western and Amazonian indigene cultures. Science 320(5880), 1217–1220. DOI: 10.1126/science.1156540 


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