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Claude TOUZET, Professor
Cognitive and Sensory Neuroscience Lab.
Aix Marseille University
Centre St Charles - Pôle 3C - Case B
3, Place Victor Hugo
13331 Marseille Cedex 03, FRANCE
Mobile : +33 782 91 03 19
I am professor of Cognitive Science at Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) since 2001 in the "Sensory and Cognitive Rehabilitation" team of the "Sensory and Cognitive Neurosciences Lab" - where I devoted much of my time to develop and test brain training tools for cognitively impaired patients (such as Alzheimer or Cranial Trauma). I received numerous honors (including the 2008 Innovation National Prize of the National Intellectual Property Institute) for this work. I was an invited researcher at CESAR-ORNL, USA, 1997-1999) working on the learning of cooperation for a group of robots. My (Computer Science) doctorate thesis subject (1990) was on learning sequences with artificial neural networks. I also hold a Master Degree in Neurosciences (1985).

The "Sensory and Cognitive Rehabilitation" team focus its research on the inter-actions between the cognitive and sensory-motor functions at various organizational levels (multi-sensory bases of cognitive representations of the body and space, cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms associated to cerebral dysfunction and cognitive restoration, cognitive influences over sensory and motor processes, aging and clinical applications), combining plural-disciplinary approaches (behavior, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, neurology, oto-neurology, modelization and simulation).
Teaching : Licence & Master courses in Cognitive Science
  - Epistemology in Cognitive Science,
  - Computer Science for Neurosciences,
  - Adaptative systems and learning,
  - Artificial neural networks,
  - Natural cognition / Artificial cognition.


In 2014, I published a second volume related to the Theory of neural Cognition. This theory synthesizes and resumes my research activities of the last 25 years. The Theory of neural Cognition (TnC) claims that our brain does not process information, but represents information - we are only a crystallization of our interactions with the environment. TnC explains how each and every one of our cognitive abilities is implemented by, or through, a set of cortical maps - including consciousness. Since TnC refers explicitly to the eliminative materialism paradigm, these explanations - despite being quite simple - are neither popular, nor widespread.
- Interview and companion article describing (quickly) the TnC published by International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (2014 & 2015).



Books (in French)

Book chapters (selection)

Conferences (selection)

  • Bluche T., Kermorvant C., Touzet C. and Glotin H. Cortical-Inspired Open-Bigram Representation for Handwritten Word Recognition. ICDAR 2017 (14th IAPR International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition), Kyoto, Japan, November 13-15, 2017.
  • Touzet C.(2011). Expected cortical measurements in the context of the Theory of neural Cognition. 31st European Winter Conference on Brain Research, les 2 Alpes, France.
  • Dufau, S., Grainger, J., Ziegler, J., Touzet, C., Lété, B. & Glotin, H.(2007). Self-Organized Learning of Orthographic Representations. Proceedings of the XVth Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCOP 2007), Marseille, France.
  • C. Touzet, P. Demoulin, B. Burle, F. Vidal and F. Macar, "Neuromimetic model of interval timing," Proceedings of the 13th European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks, Bruges, B, 2005, pp. 393-398.


  • C. Touzet et B. Alescio-Lautier, Système de mesure et de stimulation de l'activité neurologique, brevet INPI n°2902917 du 28 décembre 2007.
  • F. Lémann et C. Touzet, Procédé d'analyse comportementale, Brevet INPI FR2875040 du 10/03/2006. Extension PCT n° 40808.


  • B. Alescio-Lautier et C. Touzet, memo-Technik : programme d'entraînement de la mémoire et de l'attention, (40 ans et +), Mind Autonomy Research éd., 2009. Also available in Spanish.
  • B. Alescio-Lautier et C. Touzet, Atelier memo-Technik : boite à outils logicielle pour la stimulation cognitive, (Professionnels), Mind Autonomy Research éd., 2010. Also available in German and Greek.


  • UE expert for FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. This is the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe (2007-2013).
  • 2008 National Award for Innovation from the French patent agency.
  • I lead a team of 4 students who win the French national competition organized by Apple “An intelligent behavior program” (we got a prize worth 50,000 $US in Apple products, with ANTROID: a simulation of a six legged ant that learns by RL how to walk, whatever happens to one of more of its legs).

Last update: C. Touzet - 04/05/2018