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PRISME - Perception, Representation, Imagination, Space, Memory, Emotion

Team Leader : Valeria Giardino


The PRISME team at Jean Nicod Institute is built at the interface between conceptual and empirical research on perception, memory, and the study of cognitive artefacts.

It addresses four basic classes of questions :

  • The nature of perception, the characterization of the vehicle and of perceptual content (perceptual objects, in particular sounds, absences, shadows), the demarcation of sensory modalities and their interactions, recovery of action index in the scene, the architecture of the perceptual system.
  • Perspectival aspects of perception, imagination and memory.
  • Perceptual and memory feelings –including presence, familiarity, certainty, disorientation– and their relationship with the (sensory or representational) content of perceptual and memory experience.
  • The perception of / by cognitive artifacts (images, sensory substitution systems), the mobilization of resources in perceptual and memory processes involving high-level artifacts (lists, diagrams, maps, perceptual recruitment).

Two research groups have been set up within the PRISM team :




Statutory Members


Young PhD

PhD Students


Doctorant·e·s stagiaires

Etudiant·e·s stagiaires



  • SublimAE : The sublime and Aesthetic experiences, ANR PRC, Jérôme Dokic, 2018-2022.
  • DEV TOOLS : Developmental trajectories of sensorimotor control of mechanical tools, ANR A. Farné / F. de Vignemont, R. Casati, J. Dokic, 2016-2019.
  • DIAL (PSL). R. Casati, G. Puccetti (NYU), S. Bianchini (ENSAD)
  • ANR EEC Education à l’Esprit critique (dir. N. Gauvrit EPHE), R. Casati, E. Pasquinelli (2019-2022)
  • Disorientation Remediation (PSL NYU) R. Casati, 2018
  • Map Semantics (PSL Columbia) R. Casati 2018-2019
  • Bodily plasticity and tool use ANR (PI : Alessandro Farnè)
  • Joint agency ANR (PI : Elisabeth Pacherie)



  • The world at our fingertips : a multidisciplinary investigation of Peripersonal space, edited by F. de Vignemont, A. Serino, H.Y. Wong, and A. Farnè, Oxford : Oxford University Press. 2021.
  • Fifty shades of affective colouring of perception. F. de Vignemont, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 2021
  • Peripersonal perception in action, F. de Vignemont. Synthese, 2021
  • A minimal sense of here-ness, F. de Vignemont. Journal of Philosophy. 2021
  • Arcangeli, M., Sperduti, M., Jacquot, A., Piolino, P., & Dokic, J. (2020). Awe and the Experience of the Sublime : A Complex Relationship. Front. Psychol. 11:1340. doi : 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01340
  • M. Arcangeli & J. Dokic (2020). At the Limits : What Drives Experiences of the Sublime. British Journal of Aesthetics, ayaa030,
  • Arcangeli, M. (2018). Supposition and the Imaginative Realm. A Philosophical Inquiry, Routledge.
  • Casati, R. (2016) “Two, then Four Modes of functioning of the mind : towards an unification of ’dual’ theories of reasoning and theories of cognitive artifacts.” To appear in J. Zacks, H. Taylor, eds., Festschrift for Barbara Tversky.
  • Casati, R. and Cavanagh P. (2019) The Visual World of Shadows. Cambridge, MA : MIT Press
  • de Vignemont. F. (2018) Mind the Body. Oxford : OUP.
  • Dokic, J., (2014) Feeling the Past : A Two-Tiered Account of Episodic Memory, Review of Philosophy and Psychology. DOI 10.1007/s13164-014- 0183-6
  • Fernandez Velasco, P., Casati, R. (2019) "Disorientation and GIS-informed Wilderness Search and Rescue." Philosophy and GIS. Springer Nature, Forthcoming.
  • Mind the Body : An exploration of bodily self-awareness, by F. de Vignemont, Oxford University Press, 2018. New in paperback.
  • Giardino, V. (2018), ‘Tools for thought : the case of mathematics’, Endeavour 42, 172 - 179.
  • Giardino, V. (2018), ‘Manipulative imagination : how to move things around in mathematics’, Theoria 33/2, 345 - 360.
  • Giardino,V. (2017). L’imagination manipulatoire en mathématique. Bulletin d’Analyse Phénoménologique XIII 2, 2017 (Actes 10), 252 – 268.





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