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The Social cognition team at the Jean Nicod Institute, is situated at the interface between conceptual and empirical research in the area of social cognition.

From a methodological standpoint, our approach is strongly interdisciplinary: it makes use of tools from philosophy of mind, cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, developmental psychology and psychopathology. Our work is focused on the following topics: theory of mind and intentionality, moral cognition, empathy and processing of social and emotional information in typical and atypical population (autism and schizophrenia), education and learning theories. 


Evolution & Cognition sociale - Site web 


Permanent members

Pierre Jacob (DR émérite CNRS)

Nicolas Baumard (CR CNRS)

Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde (PR. Université Panthéon-Assas)
Valerian Chambon (CR CNRS)
Brent Strickland (CR CNRS)
Roberto Casati (DR CNRS)
Dan Sperber (DR émérite CNRS)

Hugo Mercier (CR CNRS)

Jean-Baptiste André (CR CNRS)



Associated members

Elena Pasquinelli 

Mauricio Dia Martins


Andreas Falck



Léonard Guillou (ENS, Nicolas Baumard)

Sacha Yesilaltay (ENS, Hugo Mercier)



Master students




Marlène Schwartz




Recent publications

Helming, K.A., Strickland B., Jacob, P. (2016) Solving the puzzle about early belief-ascription. Mind and Language, 31, 4, 438-469. 

Jacquet P.O., Roy A., Chambon V., Borghi A.M., Salemme R., Farnè A., Reilly K.T. (2016). Changing ideas about others’ intentions: updating prior expectations tunes activity in the human motor system. Scientific Reports, 6:26995.

Zalla T., Sperduti M., Girardi G., Leboyer M., Bourgeois-Gironde S., (2016) Reduced Social Coordination in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Research in autism spectrum disorders, 26, 71–79. 

Chambon V, Farrer C, Pacherie E, Jacquet PO., Leboyer M, Zalla T., Reduced sensitivity to social priors during action prediction in adults with autism spectrum disorders, Cognition (Forthcoming).

de Vignemont, F., Jacob, P. (2016) Beyond empathy for pain. Philosophy of Science, 83, 3, 434-445. 

Pasquinelli, E, Zalla T, Gvodzic K, Potier-Watkins C, Piazza M (2015) Mind, brain, and teaching. Some directions for future research, Behavioral and Brain Sciences (commentary), 38:e54. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X14000697.

Strickland B, Fisher M, Keil F, Knobe J. (2014) Syntax and intentionality: an automatic link between language and theory-of-mind. Cognition. 133(1):249-61. 

Zalla T., Sirigu A., Robic S., Chaste P. Leboyer M., Coricelli G., (2014) Feelings of Regret and Disappointment in Adults with High-Functioning Autism, Cortex, ;58:112-22.

Dezecache, G., Jacob, P., Grèzes, J. (2015) Emotional contagion: its scope and limits. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 6, 297-299.

Peyroux E, Strickland B, Tapiero I, Franck N. (2014) The intentionality bias in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Res. 30;219(3):426-30.

Chambon V. (2014) Troubles de la lecture intentionnelle dans la schizophrénie : l’apport du formalisme bayésien. In N. Franck (Ed.) Cognition sociale et schizophrénie, Elsevier-Masson.

Craver, C. F., Cova, F., Green, L., Myerson, J., Rosenbaum, R. S., Kwan, D., Bourgeois‐Gironde, S. (2014). An Allais paradox without mental time travel. Hippocampus, 24(11), 1375-1380.

Zalla T, Amsellem F, Chaste P., M, Ervas F, Leboyer M, Champagne-Lavau (2014) Individuals with autism spectrum disorders do not use social stereotypes in irony comprehension. PlosOne, Apr 18;9(4).

Bertoux, M., Cova, F., Pessiglione, M., Hsu, M., Dubois, B., Bourgeois-Gironde, S. (2014). Behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia patients do not succumb to the Allais paradox. Frontiers in neuroscience, 8.