The Cognitive Psychology Lab (Laboratoire de Psycholgie Cognitive, LPC) at the University of Provence is jointly funded by the CNRS (centre national de recherche scientifique) and the University of Provence. The lab is home to about thirty full-time staff including research scientists, professors, technical and secretarial assistants, and is one of the three laboratories forming the Centre for Behavior, Brain, and Cognition (Pôle 3C – Comportement, Cerveau, Cognition) at the University of Provence, Marseille. Research at the LPC investigates higher cognitive processes in humans using both behavioral techniques (manual and vocal response time measures, eye movement recordings, video recordings) and direct measures of brain activity (electroencephalogram – EEG/ERP, and fMRI). Our research investigates cognitive functions in various populations (children, adults, elderly people), healthy or with certain disorders (Alzheimer, dyslexia, schizophrenia), and with special skills (e.g., bilinguals, expert chess players). This research aims to describe the information processing performed by the brain while executing a specific cognitive function, and to understand how this information processing changes during development and aging, and how it is influenced by social factors and affected by certain disorders.
There are five research teams at the LPC, each focusing on a specific area in cognitive psychology.
Behavior in context. Director: Pascal Huguet
Perception and attention. Directors: Françoise Vitu & Eric Castet
Cognitive flexibility. Director: Patrick Lemaire
Lange. Director: François-Xavier Alario
Comparative psychology. Director: Joël Fagot