Pauline Hilt

  • Post-Doc


Cognitive Sciences, motor control, optimal control of human motor commands, action observation, mirror neurons, individual motor signatures

2010 Bachelor of Informatics and Mathematics at Nancy University
2012 Master’s degree in Cognitive Science with honors at Cogmaster (ENS/EHESS/ParisV)
2012-2015 PhD in University of Burgundy / thematic: Motor decision and modular control of a hyper-redundant system
2015-2020 Post-doctoral researcher in Italian Institute of Technology « Center for Translational Neurophysiology » (University of Ferrara, Dir: Pr. Fadiga L.) / thematic: Neural and motor basis of non-verbal human-to-human interactions
2020-today Post-doctoral researcher in the laboratory INSERM U1093, action, cognition et plasticité sensorimotrice (Pr. Papaxanthis C.) / thematic: Motor signatures in normal and pathological motor control
  • Title: Motor decision and modular control of a hyper-redundant system
  • Supervisor: Pr. Pozzo T
  • Co-Supervisor: Dr Berret B
  • Research Topic: human motor control, a computational approach

UFR Staps (2014/2015, Univ of Burgundy; 65H équ.TD) ; level: undergraduate and master; thematic: informatics, motor control and neurosciences
IFA (2017/2018, Metz; 2h) in the alternative marketing course, thematic: mirror neurons
UFR Staps (2020/2021, Univ of Burgundy; 3H) Level: master; thematic: motor control

Technical skills

Technics: Motion capture (kinematic, electromyography, oculometry), cerebral imagery (electroencephalography), Transcranial Stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation)

Software: Matlab, Statistica, Microsoft Office

Analyses: EEG and behavioral data analyses, Classical statistics, Optimal control, Dimensionality reduction methods, Granger causality


Current research summary

My current research interest is about understanding the effect of motor control laws and individual capabilities (individual motor signatures) on perceptual parameters (action observation effect, associated sensorimotor neural plasticity and sensorimotor performances). In particular, I’m building a tool to help at the different levels of motor prevention (from primary prevention to motor rehabilitation) based on action observation. I first explore motor control theories in particular the large inter subject variability present in whole body daily life movements (individual motor signatures). I then use these data to create and test different action observation protocols on young healthy subjects, old healthy subjects and patients.


Scientific articles in international or national peer-reviewed journals

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)
Cardellicchio P, Dolfini E, Hilt P, Fadiga L, D'Ausilio A (2020) Motor cortical inhibition during concurrent action execution and action observation. Neuroimage 208:116445 (IF : 6,57)
Cardellicchio P, Hilt P, Dolfini E, Fadiga L, D'Ausilio A (2020) Beta Rebound as an Index of Temporal Integration of Somatosensory and Motor Signals. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 14:63. (IF: 3,29)
Hilt P, Cardellicchio P (2020) Attentional bias on motor control: is motor inhibition influenced by attentional reorienting? Psychological Research 84(2):276-284 (IF : 2,96)
Hilt P, Cardellicchio P, Dolfini E, Pozzo T, Fadiga L, D’Ausilio A (2020) Motor Recruitment during Action Observation: Effect of Interindividual Differences in Action Strategy. Cerebral Cortex 30:3910-3920 (IF :5.4)
Tomassino A, Maris E, Hilt P, Fadiga L, D'Ausilio A (2020) Visual detection is locked to the internal dynamics of cortico-motor control. Plos Biology 18(10):e3000898 (IF : 8,03)
Hilt P, Badino L, D'Ausilio A, Volpe G, Tokay S, Fadiga L, Camurri A (2019) Multi-layer adaptation of group coordination in musical ensembles. Scientific Reports 9(1):5854. (IF : 3,99)
Mukherjee S, Badino L, Hilt P, Tomassini A, Inuggi A, Fadiga L, Nguyen N, D'Ausilio A (2019) The neural oscillatory markers of phonetic convergence during verbal interaction. Human Brain Mapping 40(1):187-201 (IF : 4,421)
Nogueira-Campos AA, Hilt P, Fadiga L, Veronesi C, D’Ausilio A, Pozzo T. (2019) Anticipatory postural adjustments during joint action coordination. Scientific Reports 9:12328. (IF : 4)
Cardellicchio P, Hilt P, Olivier E, Fadiga L, D'Ausilio A (2018) Early modulation of intra-cortical inhibition during the observation of action mistakes. Scientific Reports 8(1):1784. (IF : 4,01)
Casteran M, Hilt P, Mourey F, Manckoundia P, French R, Thomas E (2018) Shifts in key time points and strategies for a multisegment motor task in healthy aging subjects. The Journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences 73:1609-1617. (IF : 4,71)
Delis I, Hilt P, Pozzo T, Panzeri S, Berret B (2018) Deciphering the functional role of spatial and temporal muscle synergies in whole-body movements. Scientific Reports 8(1):8391. (IF : 4)
Hilt P, Delis I, Pozzo T, Berret B (2018) Space-by-Time Modular Decomposition Effectively Describes Whole-Body Muscle Activity During Upright Reaching in Various Directions. Frontiers in computational Neuroscience 12:20. (IF : 2,32)
Hilt P, Bartoli E, Ferrari E, Jacono M, Fadiga L, D'Ausilio A (2017) Action observation effects reflect the modular organization of the human motor system. Cortex 95:104-118 (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)