Lionel Naccache, discreetly

He is a researcher, clinician and one of our greatest French neuroscientists. For this Friday, a great portrait: Lionel Naccache is our guest.

Known for his discoveries on the mechanics of consciousness, his work has upset our conception of subjectivity. He showed that the brain is a machine for representing the world, a machine for making meaning and a narrative. Our mind constantly spends its time reconstructing the movement, but not only that. After questioning this inner cinema, Lionel Naccache extends a discrete theory of perception.

Today’s report

Within the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris, Lionel Naccache opens the doors of his laboratory to us at the Brain Institute, where he studies, with his PICNIC “Neuropsychology and functional neuroimaging”, which he co-directs with Laurent Cohen and Paolo Bartolomeo, The Mechanisms of Consciousness and Its Strange Manifestations of Discretion. Celine Loozen :

LA_SCIENCE_CQFD – Report with Lionel Naccache at the ICM and the Pitié-Salpêtrière MV3

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Documentary resources

find the thread of the program of the day on the twitter feed of La Science, CQFD.

Lionel Naccache: “conscience examiner” (Sorbonne University)

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“Inner Cinema”: our brain, this studio where we make films (The World, 2020)

Lionel Naccache: “Our perception of the world is an active construction” by Mathias Germain (La Recherche)

Lionel Naccache: “Neurosciences are still in a phase of wonder” (The World, 2018)

“The essential property of consciousness is to produce meaning” by Benoit de La Fonchais (Mag Cortex)

The very concept of minimal consciousness needs to be reviewed (For Science)




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Publications by Lionel Naccache

The Indoor Cinema – Private screening at the heart of consciousness by Lionel Naccache published by Odile Jacob in 2020

Do you speak brain? by Lionel Naccache published by Odile Jacob in 2020

We are all learned women by Lionel Naccache published by Odile Jacob in 2020

musical references

Headline of the day: Everywhere by James

The opening credits: Goca Dunya by Altin Gun

End credits: pingpxng by Yin Yin References

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