Dr. Sélim Coll
Institution : University of Geneva
Department : Psychology, Medicine
Discipline : Psychology, Neurosciences
Research field : Emotion-action binding, PTSD, Memory, Vocal emotion production
Supervisor : Didier Grandjean, Radek Ptak
Thesis topic : My thesis was about the integration between emotions and motor actions and its neural underpinnings using the EEG, IEEG and fMRI investigation methods.
I studied psychology at the University of Geneva from 2008 to 2013. In second year of Bachelor, I had the opportunity to work on spatial orientation, particularly on the influence of age in path integration, in a stage supervised by M. Roland Maurer and Ms. Virginie Descloux. In third year of Bachelor, still under the supervision of M. Roland Maurer, I carried out a research on the use of the sun in path integration in adults.
With a special interest in research and brain investigation techniques, I started in 2011 a master in affective and cognitive psychology, taking all my option courses in neuroscience. My master thesis about spatial attention was supervised by the Professor Dirk Kerzel and MSc Nicolas Burra. Through four experiments using the EEG technique, we wanted to see if angry schematic facial expressions can capture attention when they are not the target of visual search. I graduated from the University of Geneva in 2013, obtaining my master degree in affective and cognitive psychology.
I did my Phd in psychology from 2014 to 2017 supervised by the Professor Grandjean. My thesis was about the integration between emotions and motor actions and its neural underpinnings using the EEG, IEEG and fMRI investigation methods.
In January 2018, I received an Early Postdoc.Mobility funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to work with the Professor Eustache in the University of Caen on the “Remember” biomedical part of the “13-November” project on attentional and social cognition deficits in the post-traumatic stress disorder following Paris terrorist attacks in 2015.
At the end of my experience in Caen in February 2020, I was engaged at the "Neuroscience of Emotions and Affective Dynamics" (NEAD) laboratory of the University of Geneva to develop studies on the spatio-temporal neural mechanisms of vocal emotion production and perception using the (f)MRI, fNIRS and EEG investigation techniques. I recently joined the "Cognitive Neurorehabilitation laboratory" directed by the Prof. Ptak and located at the Beau-Séjour hospital, to develop studies on the human bases of memory and the interdependence between motor planning and higher cognitive functions.