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Cognition, Action, and sensorimotor plasticity

Jérémie Gaveau

Jeremie Gaveau email jeremie.gaveau{[at]} adresse Laboratoire INSERM U1093
Université de Bourgogne
Institut Marey, Maison de la Métallurgie
64 rue de Sully
21000 Dijon
telephone +33 3 80 39 67 72
bureau Room n°117



Neuroscience, neurophysiology, motor control, motor learning, motor cognition, computational neuroscience, optimal control


Academic positions

2016 -   Associate professor, INSERM U1093, UBFC, Dijon, FRANCE.
2015 - 2016   Assistant professor, INSERM U1093, UBFC, Dijon, FRANCE
2014 - 2015   Research and teaching assistant, INSERM U1093, UBFC, School of Sport Sciences, Dijon, FRANCE.
2014   Research engineer, INSERM U1093, UBFC, School of Sport Sciences, Dijon, FRANCE.
2012 - 2014   Postdoctoral associate, Angelaki lab, Baylor College of Medicine, Neurosc. Dept., Houston TX, USA.
2012   Postdoctoral associate, Moran lab, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Neurosc. Dept., St Louis MO, USA.



2007 – 2011   Ph.D. student, INSERM U887, Dijon, University of Burgundy, FRANCE.
2005 – 2007   Master of Sciences, INSERM U887, School of Sport Sciences, Dijon, University of Burgundy, France

Research Topics

I do not restrain myself to any particular research topic; however, so far, my work has mainly focused on motor planning in the gravitational field. Investigating arm movements in healthy humans, disabled patients and non-human primates, I seek to understand sophisticated processes allowing the motor system to successfully plan and control body movements in the ubiquitous gravity environment. Moreover, taking gravity-related motor control as a model of successful adaptation, I try to understand some more general processes that may be used by the motor system to efficiently plan body movements.
I routinely use the following experimental techniques: 3D motion analysis, EMG (surface and intramuscular), Force platforms, Ergometers (BIODEX…), prismatic goggles and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. I also use theoretical simulations to try inferring the rules governing the experimentally observed behaviours.

Research support

2012 - 2014   National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Grant R21-NS-075944-02.
2007 - 2010   Grant from the French Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale, de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche
2007 -   Grant from the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES).


Motor control, cognitive neuroscience, Biomechanics, Adapted Physical Activity, Anatomy


  • Gaveau J, Berret B, Angelaki DE, Papaxanthis C, Direction-dependent arm kinematics reveal optimal integration of gravity cues. eLIFE, 2016
  • Pageaux B and Gaveau J, Studies using pharmacological blockade of muscle afferents provide new insights into the neurophysiology of perceived exertion. The Journal of Physiology. 2016
  • Rousseau C, Papaxanthis C, Gaveau J, Pozzo T, White O, Initial information prior to movement onset influences kinematics of upward arm pointing movements. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2016
  • Gaveau J, Berret B, Demougeot L, Fadiga L, Pozzo T, Papaxanthis C, Energy-related optimal control accounts for gravitational load: comparing shoulder, elbow and wrist rotations. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2014
  • Michel C, Gaveau J, Pozzo T, Papaxanthis C, Prism adaptation by mental practice. Cortex. 2013
  • Gaveau J and Papaxanthis C, The temporal structure of vertical arm movements. PLoS ONE. 2011
  • Gaveau J, Paizis C, Berret B, Pozzo T, Papaxanthis C, Sensorimotor adaptation of point-to-point arm movements after space-flight: the role of the internal representation of gravity force in trajectory planning. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2011

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