Mathilde Salagnon, MSC

Mathilde Salagnon is a PhD student in Neuroscience.

She is involved in the “ArchéoNeuro” research project of the Neuroimaging of integrated human cognition axis.


Since 2017, Mathilde Salagnon received a Master’s degree in cognitive science. His research at GIN focused on the ArcheoNeuro project. The goal was to use functional magnetic resonance imaging to map the brain regions involved in the perception of abstract prehistoric engravings. The results of this study indicate that these engravings are treated similarly to stimuli that can be attributed significance. This supports the hypothesis, formulated by archaeologists, that these abstract engravings were not made randomly, but could be used as icons or symbols to preserve and transmit information.


After 2017, Mathilde Salagnon worked for 2 years for an association, as a consultant specialised in the field of visual disability, before starting her PhD in Neuroscience in October 2019.


His current research, still in the field of neuroarchaeology, focuses on the instantiation of the passage from an anatomical perception to a symbolic and social perception. The objective is to study how the perception of communication and identification devices, used since the Paleolithic (such as ornaments and body paints), is treated at the cerebral level? Thus, does the perception of culturalized faces and bodies modified the activity of neural networks known to be involved in the recognition of faces and biological body parts?

Domaines d’expertise : cognition, fMRI, neuroarchaeology, visual perception