Mathias Pessiglione

2011 Laureate

Current position

Group leader, Research Director (DR1)

Host institution

Brain and Spine Institute, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France Inserm, France

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Motivation, brain and behavior


Mathias Pessiglione’s team wishes to build a more comprehensive account of motivational processes, investigating not only valuation and choice but also belief attribution (how likely are the possible outcomes of our actions) and effort allocation (how much energy we would spend to attain a goal). To these aims, he combines human cognitive neuroscience, primate neurophysiology and computational modeling, which is mandatory to quantitatively link the different description levels.

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• 2003 : Ph. D. in Cognitive Science, UPMC Paris 6, France, Léon Tremblay’s lab

• 2004-2008 : Postdoctoral fellow, Wellcome Trust Center for Neuroimaging, London, United Kingdom, Chris D. Frith’s lab

• 2008 : appointed group leader, Brain and Spine Institute, UPMC, Paris, France


• Osiris Prize, Institut de France, Académie des Sciences, 2011

• Starting Grant, European Research Council (ERC), 2010

• Thesis Award, French Neuroscience Society, 2005