Charalambos Papaxanthis

  • Professor
  • Director of the laboratory CAPS, UMR INSERM 1093
  • 03 80 39 67 48
  • 03 80 39 67 49
  • Office n°124
  • INSERM Laboratory U1093
    University of Burgundy
    Faculty of Sport Sciences (UFR Staps)
    BP 27877
    21078 Dijon


Neuroscience, motor control, motor learning, sensorimotor plasticity motor cognition.

1991 DEA: “Evaluation and improvement of motor performance”. University of Burgundy.

1992 University Diploma in Sport Psychology, University of Reims. University of Burgundy.

1998 Thesis: “Central representation of the gravitational force during arm movements”. University of Burgundy.

2004 Habilitation to direct research: “Sensorimotor and cognitive processing of the gravito-inertial field”.

2004 DESS: “Sports training and management”, University of Burgundy.

My research work is in the field of behavioral, computational and cognitive neuroscience in humans. The 1st research axis consists in understanding the integration of the gravitational force in the control of movement during exposure to various environments (normal gravity, micro-gravity, hyper-gravity). The 2nd axis aims at understanding the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying the cerebral operations of control and mental simulation of movement. Finally, the 3rd axis explores the possibility of learning a movement by mental simulation or by observation. The main tools/methods of my scientific activity are: 3D analysis of movement (kinematics and dynamics), electromyographic activity (EMG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and computational models of optimal control.

Motor control, cognitive neuroscience, mental preparation of the athlete, Adapted Physical Activities and Health, anatomy of the upper limb.


Scientific articles in international or national peer-reviewed journals

Canepa P, Papaxanthis C, Bisio A, Biggio M, Paizis C, Faelli E, Avanzino L, Bove M (2021) Motor Cortical Excitability Changes in Preparation to Concentric and Eccentric Movements. Neuroscience 475:73-82. (IF : 3,88)
De Ghelcke AV, Skoura X, Edwards MG, Quercia P, Papaxanthis C (2021) Action representation deficits in adolescents with developmental dyslexia. Journal of Neuropsychology 15(2):215-234. (IF : 2,80)
Gaveau J, Grospretre S, Berret B, Angelaki DE, Papaxanthis C (2021) A cross-species neural integration of gravity for motor optimization. Science Advances 7(15):eabf7800 (IF : 16,45)
Jamšek M, Kunavar T, Blohm G, Nozaki D, Papaxanthis C, White O, Babič J (2021) Effects of Simulated Microgravity and Hypergravity Conditions on Arm Movements in Normogravity. Frontiers in Neural Circuits 15:750176. (IF : 3,97)
Kunavar T, Jamšek M, Barbiero M, Blohm G, Nozaki D, Papaxanthis C, Babič J, White O (2021) Effects of Local Gravity Compensation on Motor Control During Altered Environmental Gravity. Frontiers in Neural Circuits 15:750267. (IF : 3,97)
Laprevotte J, Papaxanthis C, Saltarelli S, Quercia P, Gaveau J (2021) Movement detection thresholds reveal proprioceptive impairments in developmental dyslexia. Scientific Reports 11(1):299. (IF : 5,13)
Neige C, Lebon F, Mercier C, Gaveau J, Papaxanthis C, Ruffino C (2021) Pain, No Gain: Acute Pain Interrupts Motor Imagery Processes and Affects Mental Training-Induced Plasticity. Cerebral Cortex. 32(3):640-651 (IF : 5,92)
Ruffino C, Rannaud Monany D, Papaxanthis C, Hilt P, Gaveau J, Lebon F (2021) Smoothness discriminates physical from motor imagery practice of arm reaching movements. Neuroscience 483:24-31. (IF : 3,88)
Ruffino C, Truong C, Dupont W, Bouguila F, Michel C, Lebon F, Papaxanthis C (2021) Acquisition and consolidation processes following motor imagery practice. Scientific Reports 11(1):2295. (IF : 5,13)
Grosprêtre S, Papaxanthis C, Martin A (2020) Corticospinal Modulations during Motor Imagery of Concentric, Eccentric, and Isometric Actions.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 52(5):1031‑40. (IF :5.4)
Neige C, Rannaud Monany D, Stinear CM, Byblow WD, Papaxanthis C, Lebon F (2020) Unravelling the Modulation of Intracortical Inhibition during Motor Imagery: An Adaptive Threshold-Hunting Study. Neuroscience 434:102-110. (IF: 3,59)
Poirier G, Papaxanthis C, Mourey F, Gaveau J (2020) Motor Planning of Vertical Arm Movements in Healthy Older Adults: Does Effort Minimization Persist with Aging? Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 12. doi:10.3389/fnagi.2020.00037. (IF : 5.75)
Rousseau C, Barbiero M, Pozzo T, Papaxanthis C, White O (2020) Actual and Imagined Movements Reveal a Dual Role of the Insular Cortex for Motor Control. Cerebral Cortex 31(5):2586-2594. (IF: 5.4)
Grosprêtre S, Lebon F, Papaxanthis C, Martin A (2019). Spinal plasticity with motor imagery practice. Journal of Physiology597(3) : 921-934. (IF : 4,6)
Lebon F, Ruffino C, Greenhouse I, Labruna L, Ivry RB, Papaxanthis C(2019) The Neural Specificity of Movement Preparation During Actual and Imagined Movements. Cerebral Cortex 29(2):689-700. (IF : 5,04)
Ruffino C, Bourrelier J, Papaxanthis C, Mourey F, Lebon F (2019) The use of motor imagery training to retain the performance improvement following physical practice in the elderly. Experimental Brain Research 237(6):1375-1382 (IF : 1,59)
Ruffino C, Gaveau J, Papaxanthis C, Lebon F (2019) An acute session of motor imagery training induces use-dependent plasticity. Scientific Reports 9:20002. (IF : 4)
White O, Karniel A, Papaxanthis C, Barbiero M, Nisky I (2018) Switching in Feedforward Control of Grip Force During Tool-Mediated Interaction With Elastic Force Fields. Frontiers in Neurorobotics 12:31. (IF : 3)
Ruffino C, Papaxanthis C, Lebon F (2017) Neural plasticity during motor learning with motor imagery practice: Review and perspectives. Neuroscience 341:61–78. (IF : 3.38)
Barbiero M, Rousseau C, Papaxanthis C, White O (2017) Coherent Multimodal Sensory Information Allows Switching between Gravitoinertial Contexts. Frontiers in Physiology 8:290. (IF : 3.39)
Garnier Y, Lepers R, Stapley PJ, Papaxanthis C, Paizis C (2017) Changes in cortico-spinal excitability following uphill versus downhill treadmill exercise. Behavioural Brain Research 317:242–50. (IF : 2.98)
Grosprêtre S, Jacquet T, Lebon F, Papaxanthis C, Martin A (2017) Neural mechanisms of strength increase after 1-week motor imagery training. European Journal of Sport Science 18(2):209-218 (IF : 2.58)
Gueugneau N, Pozzo T, Darlot C, Papaxanthis C (2017). Daily modulation of the speed accuracy trade-off. Neuroscience 356:142–50. (IF : 3.38)
Kanthack TFD, Guillot A, Papaxanthis C et al (2017) Neurophysiological insights on flexibility improvements through motor imagery. Behavioural Brain Research 331:159–68. (IF : 2.98)
Ruffino C, Papaxanthis C, Lebon F (2017) The influence of imagery capacity in motor performance improvement. Experimental Brain Research 235:3049–3057 (IF : 1.81)
Gaveau J, Berret B, Angelaki DE, Papaxanthis C (2016) Direction-dependent arm kinematics reveal optimal integration of gravity cues. eLIFE 5:e16394. (IF : 7.73)
Grosprêtre S, Lebon F, Papaxanthis C, Martin A (2016) New evidence of corticospinal network modulation induced by motor imagery. Journal of neurophysiology 115:1279-1288. (IF : 2.4)
Gueugneau N, Bove M, Ballay Y, Papaxanthis C (2016) Interhemispheric inhibition is dynamically regulated during action observation. Cortex 78:138-149. (IF : 4.28)
Hilt P, Berret B, Papaxanthis C, Stapley PJ, Pozzo T (2016) Evidence for subjective values guiding posture and movement coordination in a free-endpoint whole-body reaching task. Scientific Reports 6:23868. (IF : 4.26)
Lebon F, Greenhouse I, Labruna L, Vanderschelden B, Papaxanthis C, Ivry RB (2016) Influence of Delay Period Duration on Inhibitory Processes for Response Preparation. Cerebral Cortex 26:2461-2470. (IF : 6.56)
Rousseau C, Papaxanthis C, Gaveau J, Pozzo T, White O (2016) Initial information prior to movement onset influences kinematics of upward arm pointing movements. Journal of neurophysiology 116(4):1673-1683. (IF : 2.4)
Rousseau C, Fautrelle L, Papaxanthis C, Fadiga L, Pozzo T, White O (2016) Direction-Dependent Activation of the Insular Cortex during Vertical and Horizontal Hand Movements. Neuroscience 325:10-9 (IF : 3.28)
Rozand V, Lebon F, Stapley PJ, Papaxanthis C, Lepers R (2016) A prolonged motor imagery session alter imagined and actual movement durations: Potential implications for neurorehabilitation. Behavioral Brain Research 297:67-75. (IF : 2.98)