Laboratory for the Psychology

of Child Development

and Education

Arnaud Cachia (Pr)

Arnaud is full Professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Paris, member of the Institut universitaire de France and researcher in the laboratory of developmental psychology and child education (CNRS, Sorbonne, Paris). He is also coordinator of the University Diploma (DU) 'Neuroeducation' of the Université de Paris. He completed a PhD on brain and cognitive development at the Frédéric Joliot Hospital Service (CEA, Orsay) from 2000 to 2003 with an in-doc at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI, McGill University, Montreal) in 2003. He was then postdoctoral researcher at the 'Imaging and Psychiatry' lab (INSERM, Maison des Adolescents, Paris) between 2003 and 2009 and at the 'Center of Psychiatry and Neurosciences' (INSERM, Sainte-Anne hospital, Paris) between 2009 and 2011 before being recruited in 2011 at Unversité de Paris Descartes.

Arnaud's research aims at deciphering the neurodevelopmental basis of cognition. He is interested in the interactions between early constraints (fetal brain development, genetic factors) and the mechanisms of late neuroplasticity in children and adolescents on normal cognitive development (learning) and pathological development (psychiatric disorders). His studies use an integrative gene-brain-behavior approach.  




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Datin-Dorrière V, Borst G, Guillois B, Cachia A, Poirel N. The forest, the trees, and the leaves in preterm children: the impact of prematurity on a visual search task containing three-level hierarchical stimuli. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2020 Mar 19.

Delalande, L., Moyon, M., Tissier, C., Dorriere, V., Guillois, B., Mevell, K., Charron, S., Salvia, E., Poirel, N., Vidal, J., Lion, S., Oppenheim, C., Houdé, O., Cachia, A., & Borst, G. (2020). Complex and subtle structural changes in prefrontal cortex induced by inhibitory control training from childhood to adolescence. Developmental science, 23(4), e12898.


Barrière, D. A., Magalhães, R., Novais, A., Marques, P., Selingue, E., Geffroy, F., Marques, F., Cerqueira, J., Sousa, J. C., Boumezbeur, F., Bottlaender, M., Jay, T. M., Cachia, A., Sousa, N., & Mériaux, S. (2019). The SIGMA rat brain templates and atlases for multimodal MRI data analysis and visualization. Nature communications, 10(1), 5699.  

Del Maschio N, Sulpizio S, Fedeli D, Ramanujan K, Ding G, Weekes BS, Cachia A, Abutalebi J. ACC Sulcal Patterns and their Modulation on Cognitive Control Efficiency across Lifespan: A Neuroanatomical Study on Bilinguals and Monolinguals. Cerebral Cortex. 2019 Jul 5;29(7):3091-3101.

Salvia E, Tissier C, Charron S, Herent P, Vidal J, Lion S, Cassotti M, Oppenheim C, Houdé O, Borst G*, Cachia A*. The local properties of bold signal fluctuations at rest monitor inhibitory control training in adolescents. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2019 Aug;38:100664.



Cachia, A., Roell, M., Mangin, J. F., Sun, Z. Y., Jobert, A., Braga, L., Houde, O., Dehaene, S., & Borst, G. (2018). How interindividual differences in brain anatomy shape reading accuracy. Brain structure & function, 223(2), 701–712.

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, 5(1), ENEURO.0197-17.2018.



A. Cachia, N. Del Maschio, G. Borst, P. A. Della Rosa, C. Pallier, A. Costa, O. Houdé, J. Abutalebi. Anterior Cingulate Cortex Sulcation and its Differential Effects on Conflict Monitoring in Bilinguals and Monolinguals. Brain and Language. 2017 dec, 175:57-63.

AM Fish, A Cachia, C Fischer, C Mankiw, PK Reardon, LD Clasen, JD Blumenthal, D Greenstein, JN Giedd, JF Mangin, A Raznahan. Influences of Brain Size, Sex, and Sex Chromosome Complement on the Architecture of Human Cortical Folding. Cerebral Cortex, 2017 Dec 1;27(12):5557-5567.


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.


*These authors contributed equally.