Florent Lebon

  • Associate Professor
  • Florent.lebon@u-bourgogne.fr
  • +33 3 80 39 67 54
  • +33 3 80 39 67 49
  • Room N°207
  • Laboratoire INSERM U1093
    Université de Bourgogne
    Faculté des Sciences du Sport (UFR Staps)
    BP 27877
    21078 Dijon


Cognitive and behavioral Neurosciences, Neurophysiology of action and motor learning, Sensorimotor Plasticity.

2018 French Diploma to supervise PhD students from University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté (Dijon, France). “Motor learning and neural plasticity through the motor imagery process”.
2011 Post-doctorate fellow at University of California, Berkeley (CA, USA). « Preparation of actual and imagined movements ».
2010 Post-doctorate fellow at University of Auckland (New-Zealand). « Cognitive inhibition during motor imagery ».
2009 PhD in Sport Science, University of Lyon 1 (France): « Efficiency of mental training on the development and the recovery of motor capacities »
2006 MSc in Sport Science, University of Lyon 1 (France).
2004 BSc in Sport Science, University of Valenciennes (France).

My research projects encompass behavioral psychology and cognitive neuroscience. The main goal is to understand the link between neural processes underlying motion (movement preparation, motor imagery, action language). Ongoing works include the development of non-pharmacological interventions, such as mental practice or non-invasive cognitive stimulation, for motor learning and rehabilitation of pathologies implying the sensorimotor system.

Neuroscience, motor learning, motor deficiency, statistics.

Laureate of the project RITM-BFC to develop educational innovations at the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté (http://www.ubfc.fr/les-projets-finances-grace-a-ritm-bfc/ Résidences de la pédagogie: “Défi numérique et pédagogie universitaire”).


Scientific articles in international or national peer-reviewed journals

Ladda AM, Lebon F, Lotze M (2021) Using motor imagery practice for improving motor performance - A review. Brain and Cognition 150:105705. (IF : 3,10)
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)
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)
Neige C, Grosprêtre S, Martin A, Lebon F (2020) Influence of Voluntary Contraction Level, Test Stimulus Intensity and Normalization Procedures on the Evaluation of Short-Interval Intracortical Inhibition. Brain Sciences 10(7):433. (IF: 3,39)
Grosprêtre S, Lebon F, Papaxanthis C, Martin A (2019). Spinal plasticity with motor imagery practice. Journal of Physiology597(3) : 921-934. (IF : 4,6)
Labruna L, Tischler C, Cazares C, Greenhouse I, Duqué J, Lebon F, et al. (2019) Planning Face, Hand, and Leg Movements: Anatomical Constraints on Preparatory Inhibition. Journal of Neurophysiology 121(5):1609-1620 (IF : 2,23)
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 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-019-05514-1 (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)
Lebon F, Horn U, Domin M, Lotze M (2018) Motor imagery training: Kinesthetic imagery strategy and inferior parietal fMRI activation. Human Brain Mapping 39:1805–13. (IF : 4,56)
Traverse E, Lebon F, Martin A (2018) Corticospinal and Spinal Excitabilities Are Modulated during Motor Imagery Associated with Somatosensory Electrical Nerve Stimulation. Neural Plasticity 2018:8265427 (IF : 3,59)
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)
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)
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)
Grosprêtre S, Ruffino C, Lebon F (2016) Motor imagery and cortico-spinal excitability: A review. European journal of sport science 16:317-324. (IF : 1.79)
Bodranghien F, Manto M, Lebon F (2016) Enhancing transcranial direct current stimulation via motor imagery and kinesthetic illusion: crossing internal and external tools. Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation 13(1):50. (IF : 3.52)
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)
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)
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)