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Catherine Tallon-Baudry

Catherine Tallon-Baudry seeks to understand how brain activity turns into conscious experience. She has proposed that subjective experience arises when a neural activity is linked to a minimal form of self, coming from the neural monitoring of visceral organs. She currently investigates the role of both gastric-brain and heart-brain coupling in very different aspects of subjectivity. This research should not only shed new light on mental life, but also help design new paradigms to test whether non-communicating patients can feel things.


President-elect, Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, 2017.

ERC Advanced grant, 2014.

Young Researcher Award, Fyssen Foundation, 2002.

Fellowship, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France , 1990-1997 .

Relevant Publications

C. Tallon-Baudry, F. Campana, H.D. Park and M. Babo-Rebelo, "The neural monitoring of visceral inputs, rather than attention, accounts for first-person perspective in conscious vision," Cortex, (in press).

M. Babo-Rebelo, C. Richter and C. Tallon-Baudry, "Neural responses to heartbeats in the default network encode the self in spontaneous thoughts," Journal of Neuroscience, 36:7829-7840, 2016.

H.D. Park, S. Correia, A. Ducorps, and C. Tallon-Baudry, "Spontaneous fluctuations in neural responses to heartbeats predict visual detection," Nature Neuroscience, 17, 612-618, doi:10.1038/nn.3671, 2014.

C. Sergent, V. Wyart, M. Babo-Rebelo, L. Naccache, L. Cohe, and C. Tallon-Baudry, "Cueing attention after the stimulus is gone can retrospectively trigger conscious perception," Current Biology 23, 150-155, 2013.

V. Wyart and C. Tallon-Baudry, "A neural dissociation between visual awareness and spatial attention," Journal of Neuroscience, 28: 2667-2679, 2008.



Senior Fellow Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness


Ecole Normale SupérieureDepartment of Cognitive Science


Biology Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Neuroscience Université Lyon 1



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