Driss Boussaoud

Aix Marseille Université, France

Driss Boussaoud is Senior Scientist at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France. He was Director of the Mediterranean Institute for Cognitive Neurosciences, Marseille, France, from 2004 to 2011. He received his B.S. degree with distinction in biology and geology from the Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco, in 1980, and his Ph.D. degree in neuroscience in 1983 from the University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France. He joined the National Institutes of Mental Health (Lab. Neuropsychology and Lab. of Neurophysiology), Bethesda Maryland, USA, from 1986 to 1991. He became Tenured Researcher at the CNRS in 1992 to study the neurophysiology of attention and motor preparation. He has been promoted to the Senior Researcher position (Directeur de Recherche (DR)) in 1999. He has been the Founder and Director of the Mediterranean Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, and Coordinator of the Mediterranean EU funded NEUROMED project (www.neuromedproject.eu). He has also been the Founder and 1st President of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS) (www.mnsociety.com). His research centers on learning in animals (rodents, nonhuman primates), healthy humans, and patients with diseases such as Parkinson’s and Schizophrenia. He has made important contributions towards distinguishing attention from motor preparation related activity and the frontal cortex, as well as the issue of interaction between motor effectors, namely, gaze and arms. His current research centers on individual, trial, and error based learning and on more sophisticated forms of learning including learning through mental rehearsal and through observation of others. Recent work is aimed at social modulation of learning in animals and humans. Boussaoud has published over 100 papers or chapters in journals, books, conferences, and workshop proceedings.

Biography Updated on 1 June 2013

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