• Cultural and creative industries

Cognitive Science & Affective Sciences (SCALab)

Research unit - UMR 9193


SCALab brings together researchers, professors and assistant professors as well as clinicians around a common research project focusing on the experimental and neuroscientific study of the interrelationships between cognition, emotion and behaviour. Our goal is to understand the cognitive and affective aspects of interactions with the physical and cultural world (perception, action, conceptualization) as well as with the social world (interrelations, language). Our research is positioned at the frontier of human and social sciences and neurosciences, favoring a translational and multidisciplinary scientific approach based on innovative digital tools. The particularity of the laboratory is to propose, within a dynamic and adaptive conception of behaviours, complementary research projects articulating within three continuums: behavioural indices and neuro-biological indicators, behaviours in general and pathological populations, as well as experimental studies and computational modelling. SCALab also benefits from access to state-of-the-art equipment within the technology platform EquipEx IrDIVE.


  • Yann Coello
  • Emmanuelle Fournier


Bâtiment A, Rue du Barreau
Campus Pont-de-Bois, Université de Lille


Cognitive Science & Affective Sciences


Effectif total : 104

Personnel de recherche : 45

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 21



• Cognitive sciences and affective sciences
• Behavioral, cognitive and emotional regulation
• Cognitive and emotional processes of standard and pathological behaviors
• Experimental studies, neuro-biological measurements and computational modeling
• Acquisition and understanding of written and oral language with different populations

Example(s) of projects

See yearbook 2020 🡭

Example(s) of publications

• Bartolo, Angela ; Claisse, Caroline ; Gallo, Fabrizia ; Ott, Laurent ; Sampaio, Adriana ; Nandrino, Jean-Louis - Gestures convey different physiological responses when performed toward and away from the body, 2019, doi:10.1038/s41598-019-49318-3 🡭
• Cartaud, Alice ; Ott, Laurent ; Honoré, Jacques ; Iachini, Tina ; Coello, Yann - The influence of facial expression at perceptual threshold on electrodermal activity and social comfort distance, 2020 🡭
• Knutsen, Dominique ; Le Bigot, Ludovic - Estimating each other's memory biases in dialogue, 2020, doi: 10.1080/0163853X.2020.1837541 🡭
• Decroix, Jeremy ; Borgomaneri, Sara ; KALENINE, SOLENE ; Avenanti, Alessio - State-dependent TMS of inferior frontal and parietal cortices highlights integration of grip configuration and functional goals during action recognition., 2020, doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2020.08.004 🡭
• Nandrino, Jean-Louis ; Dodin, Vincent ; Cottencin, Olivier ; Doba, Karyn - Effect of intrapersonal emotional competences on the relationship between attachment insecurity and severity of eating disorder symptoms in patients with restrictive anorexia, 2019, doi: 10.1002/jclp.22877 🡭
• Rassel, Alicia ; Facon, Bruno ; Casalis, Severine - Morphological awareness and learning to read: Impact of socio-economic status in French third graders, 2020, doi: 10.1111/1467-9817.12321 🡭

Discover the full list of publications here.

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

ENS Paris, Université d'Aix-Marseille, Université de Strasbourg, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, Université de Paris Descartes, Université de Caen, Université Lyon 2, Université Paris Nanterre, Université du Littoral de la Côte d'Opale, Université de Grenoble, Université de Valenciennes, Université de Franche Comté, Université de Poitiers, ESPE de Lille, CHU de Rennes

University of Seattles (USA), Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (USA), State University of New York at Binghamton (USA), Université de West Virginia (USA), Appalachian State University (USA), Iowa State University (USA), University of Utah (USA), Florida University (USA), Queens College City College of New York CUNY (USA), University of Brasilia (Brazil), University of Sao Paolo (Brazil), University of Sheffield (UK), Brunel University London (UK), University of Edinbourg (UK), Universidade do Minho (Portugal), University of Barcelona (Spain), University of Milan (Italy), University of Trento (Italy), University of Bologna (Italy), University of Naples (Italy), University of Potsdam (Germany), Université de Louvain La Neuve (Belgium), University of Ghent (Belgium), KU Leuven (Belgium), University of Mons (Belgium), Université de Bruxelles (Belgium), National Institutes of Health -Bethesda (USA), Indiana University (USA), University of Western Sydney (Australia), University of Guadalajara (Mexico), Southern Federal University Rostov-on-Don (Russia), Nagoya University (Japan), Sleep Research Center-Ashikaga Institute of Technology (Japan), Imperial College of London (UK), University Cancer Centre Leipzig (Germany), University of ErlangenNuremberg (Germany), University of Frankfurt (Germany), University of Ulm (Germany), Catholique University of Milan (Italy), Second University of Naples (Italy), Murcia Institute for Biomedical Research (Spain), Liverpool Hope University (UK), University of Sussex (UK), Université de Zurich (Switzerland), Université du Luxembourg (Luxembourg), University of Montréal (Canada), Dundee University (UK), Minho University (Portugal), Québec University (Canada), Université de Genève (Switzerland), Bangor University (UK)

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Health / wellness
  • Education / Training
  • Media / Communication / Publishing / Events
  • Science / Research

Services provided

• Scientific studies of behavior (psychophysics and modeling) in interaction with the analysis of neurovegetative responses (pupillary response, heart rate, electrodermal activity) and brain function (EEG, MEG, fMRI, NIRS)
• Research on clinical populations with sensory (ophthalmology), organic (oncology), neuro-cognitive (stroke, head trauma, degenerative diseases), affective (eating disorders, addictions, anxiety and depressive disorders), developmental (learning disabilities), and mental (psychiatry) deficits
• Development of AI-based computational models for the study of cognition and emotion

Training offers


Consulting services

We provide consulting services related to all our areas of expertise.


Equipex IrDIVE
See the detailed list of equipment: http://www.irdive.fr/


Affiliated institutions / organisations



Doctoral schools

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Cultural and creative industries
    • Applications, outreach and cognitive sciences