Laboratory for the Psychology

of Child Development

and Education

Arnaud Cachia (Pr)

Arnaud is a full professor of neuroscience at Paris Descartes University and his research aims at deciphering the neurodevelopmental bases of cognition. He is interested in the early stage of brain development during fetal life and its long-term effects on cognitive variability and development. These early constraints on cognitive variability are complementary to the neuroplasticity mechanisms. He has investigated the associations between variations of cortex sulcation - a stable feature of brain anatomy determined in utero - and clinical symptoms in neurodevelopmental psychiatric and neurogenetic disorders. Using the same approach, he is studing now the neurodevelopmental bases of normal variability and development of cognitive abilities, including inhibitory control and reading, in healthy subjects, childhood,  adolescence and adulthood. All these studies are based on multi-level gene-brain-behavior approach.




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Borst, G., Cachia, A., Tissier, C., Ahr, E., Simon, G., & Houdé, O. (2016). Early cerebral constraints on reading skills of school-age children: An MRI study. Mind, Brain & Education, 10, 47-54.


Cachia, A., Borst, G., Tissier, C., Fischer, C., Plaze, M., Gay, O., Rivière, D., Gogtay, N., Giedd, J., Mangin, J.-F., Houdé, O., & Raznahan, A. (2016). Longitudinal stability of the folding pattern of the anterior cingulate cortex during development. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 122-127.


Borst, G.*, Cachia, A.*, Vidal., J., Simon, G., Fischer, C., Pineau, A., Poirel, N., Mangin, J.-F., & Houdé, O. (2014). Folding of the anterior cingulate cortex partially explains inhibitory control during childhood: A longitudinal study. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 9, 126-135.


Cachia, A.*, Borst, G.*, Vidal, J., Fischer, C., Pineau, A., Mangin, J.-F., & Houdé, O. (2014). The shape of the ACC contributes to cognitive control efficiency in preschoolers. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 96-106.


Cachia, A.*, Roell, M.*, Mangin, J.-F., Sun, J., Jobert, A., Houdé, O., Dehaene, S., & Borst, G. (2017). How interindividual differences in brain anatomy shape reading accuracy. Brain Structure and Function (in press). doi: 10.1007/s00429-017-1516-x.

Tissier, C., Linzarini, A., Allaire-Duquette, G., Mevel, K., Poirel, N., Dollfus, S., Etard, O., Orliac, F., Peyrin, C., Charron, S., Raznahan, A., Houdé, O., Borst, G., & Cachia, A. (2018). Sulcal polymorphisms of the IFC and ACC contribute to inhibitory control variability in children and adults. eNeuro (in press).


*These authors contributed equally.