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MELLET Emmanuel

Title: MD, Ph.D.
Status 1: Researcher

Address: University of Bordeaux, PAC Carreire, 146 Rue Léo-Saignat, Case 71, CS 61292, 33076 Bordeaux, FRANCE

Phone: +33 547 304 401

Date of birth: December 27th, 1961

2000: Habilitation in Psychiatry, University of Paris VI
1999: Habilitation thesis, University of Caen Basse-Normandie
1996: Ph.D. University of Paris VI: Functional anatomy of spatial mental imagery
1994: MD Thesis University of Paris VI: Mental images: psychometry, neuropsychology and anatomo-functional studies.
1991: Master of Neuropsychology, University of Paris VI.
1990: Master of Pharmacology (psychotropic drugs)


After a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, I have been recruited at the CNRS in 2000 as a researcher in the Groupe d’Imagerie Neurofonctionnelle (GIN), today integrated in the GIN-UMR5296 in Bordeaux.
From 2003 to 2011 , I was Professor in the University of Caen Basse-Normandie. During this period I started and directed the Master “Neuroscience et imagerie de la Santé”. I am research director at the CNRS since 2011 . Specialist in cognitive neuroimaging, my early work concerned the neural basis of visual mental imagery and of topographical memory and the relation between verbal and visual representations at both the behavioral and brain level. More recently, I have been involved in the identification of factors that originate the variability of hemispheric specialization of spatial cognition. This investigation bears on a database of 300 healthy participants, balanced for gender and handedness (BIL&GIN cohort), that includes psychometric measurements, anatomical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (aMRI), diffusion tensor Imaging (DTI), neural bases of language and visuo-spatial functions, and functional data in the conscious resting state.

Current Research topics:

Specialist in cognitive neuroimaging, my early concerned the neural basis of visual mental imagery and of topographical memory. My current research focuses on the identification of factors and biomarkers of human brain structural and functional variability, a project ignited with the 300 subjects BIL&GIN cohort (patent n°04724-02).

Publications (since 2007):

At November 1st, 2011: A total of 40 scientific publications in English journals (Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex, NeuroImage, Human Brain Mapping,...) for a total of 2120 citations.

Author and co-author of several chapters in the book "Cerveau et Psychologie" PUF 2002. Co-editor (with M. Denis et SM Kosslyn) of a special issue of European Journal of Cognitive Neuroimaging (Neuroimaging of Mental imagery, 2004)

  • 1 Petit L, Simon G, Joliot M, Andersson F, Bertin T, Zago L, Mellet E, Tzourio-Mazoyer N. Right hemisphere dominance for auditory attention and its modulation by eye position : An event related fMRI study. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience 25: 211-225 (2007). (PDF)
  • 2 Poirel N, Pineau A, Mellet E. What does the nature of the stimuli tell us about the Global Precedence Effect? Acta Psychologica 157:1-11 (2008). (PDF)
  • 3 Poirel N, Mellet E, Houdé O, Pineau A. First came the trees, then the forest: Developmental changes during childhood in the processing of visual local-global patterns according to the meaningfulness of the stimuli. Developmental Psychology 44:1 245-253 (2008). (PDF)
  • 4 Poirel N, Pineau A, Jobard G, Mellet E. Seeing the forest before the trees depends on individual field-dependency characteristics. Experimental psychology 55: 328-333 (2008). (PDF)
  • 5 Mazoyer B, Houdé O, Joliot M, Mellet E, Tzourio-Mazoyer N. Regional cerebral blood flow increases during wakeful rest following cognitive training. Brain Research Bulletin 80:133-8 (2009). (PDF)
  • 6 Petit L, Zago L, Mellet E, Vigneau M, Andersson F, Mazoyer B, Tzourio-Mazoyer N.Functional asymmetries revealed in visually guided saccades: An fMRI study. Journal of Neurophysiology 102:2994-3003 (2009). (PDF)
  • 7 Delamillieure P, Doucet G, Mazoyer B, Turbelin, MR, Delcroix N, Mellet E, Zago L, Crivello F, Petit L, Tzourio-Mazoyer N and Joliot M. The resting state questionnaire: an introspective questionnaire for evaluation of inner experience during the conscious resting state. Brain Research Bulletin 81: 565-576 (2010). (PDF)
  • 8 Tzourio-Mazoyer N, Simon G, Crivello F, Jobard G, Zago L, Perchey G, Hervé PY, Joliot M, Petit L, Mellet E, Mazoyer B. Effect of familial sinistrality on planum temporale surface and brain tissue asymmetries. Cerebral Cortex 20:1476-1485 (2010). (PDF)
  • 9 Mellet E, Laou L, Petit L, Zago L, Mazoyer, B, Tzourio-Mazoyer N. Impact of the virtual reality on the neural representation of an environment. Human Brain Mapping 31: 1065-1075 (2010). (PDF)
  • 10 Courtin C, Herve PY, Petit L, Zago L, Vigneau M, Beaucousin V, Jobard G, Mazoyer B, Mellet E, Tzourio-Mazoyer N. The neural correlates of highly iconic structures and topographic discourse in French Sign Language as observed in six hearing native signers. Brain and Language 114: 180-192 (2010). (PDF)
  • 11 Tzourio-Mazoyer N, Petit L, Razafimandimby A, Crivello F, Zago L, Jobard G, Marc M, Mellet E, Mazoyer B. Left hemisphere lateralization for language in right-handers is controlled in part by familial sinistrality, manual preference strength, and head size. The Journal of Neuroscience 30: 13314 13318 (2010). (PDF)
  • 12 Vigneau M, Beaucousin V, Hervé PY, Jobard G, Petit L, Crivello F, Mellet E, Zago L, Mazoyer B, Tzourio Mazoyer N. What is right hemisphere contribution to phonological, lexico-semantic, and sentence processing? Insights from a meta-analysis. NeuroImage 54: 577-593 (2011). (PDF)
  • 13 Courtin C, Jobard G, Vigneau M, Beaucousin V, Razafimandimby A, Hervé P-Y, Mellet E, Zago L, Petit L, Mazoyer B. A common neural system is activated in hearing non-signers to process French Sign language and spoken French. Brain Research Bulletin 84:75-87 (2011). (PDF)
  • 14 Doucet G, Naveau M, Petit L, Delcroix N, Zago L, Crivello F, Jobard G, Tzourio-Mazoyer N, Mazoyer B, Mellet E, Joliot M. Brain activity at rest: A multi-scale hierarchical functional organization. Journal of Neurophysiology 05:2753-2763 (2011). (PDF)
  • 15 Doucet G, Naveau M, Petit L, Zago L, Crivello F, Jobard, G, Delcroix N, Mellet E, Tzourio-Mazoyer N, Mazoyer B, Joliot M. Patterns of hemodynamic low-frequency oscillations in the brain are modulated by the nature of free thought during rest. NeuroImage 59:3194-3200 (2012). (PDF)

Complementary information: Appointed member of the section 26 (Brain, Cognition and Behavior) of the CNRS