Klara Kovarski


Associate professor

Sorbonne University

Klara Kovarski is Associate Professor at Sorbonne University (INSPE-Paris). After a bachelor’s degree in philosophy (University of Genoa), she obtained a master's degree in cognitive sciences (Cogmaster) and in philosophy of science (Lophisc) in 2013. She completed a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Tours under the supervision of Magali Batty (Inserm, iBrain, 2018), during which she visited the laboratory of Margot Taylor (Sickkids Hospital, Toronto). From 2018 to 2019, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Hôpital Fondation Rothschild and at the INCC (CNRS, Université Paris-Cité) under the supervision of Sylvie Chokron and then held a researcher position, before joining the LaPsyDÉ in September 2022. Her research focuses on visual function and emotional processing in typical development and in autism, using electrophysiological recordings, eye-tracking and behavioural responses. Since 2020, she has co-supervised (with Sylvie Chokron) Lucie Rose's thesis on the development of altruism in school-aged children.

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Kovarski, K., Dos Reis, J., Chevais, C., Hamel, A., Makowski, D., & Sperduti, M. (2022). Movie editing influences spectators’ time perception. Scientific Reports, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-23992-2


Lacroix, A., Harquel, S., Mermillod, M., Vercueil, L., Alleysson, D., Dutheil, F., Kovarski, K., Gomot, M. (2022). The Predictive Role of Low Spatial Frequencies in Automatic Face Processing: A Visual Mismatch Negativity Investigation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 16, 838454. https://doi.org/doi:10.3389/fnhum.2022.838454


Kovarski, K., Charpentier, J., Houy-Durand, E., Batty, M., & Gomot, M. (2022). Emotional expression visual mismatch negativity in children. Developmental Psychobiology, 64(7), e22326. https://doi.org/10.1002/dev.22326


Rose, L., Dezecache, G., Powell, T., Chokron, S., & Kovarski, K. (2022). The Emergency of Prosociality: A Developmental Perspective on Altruism and Other Prosocial Behavior in the Face of Disaster. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 096372142211140. https://doi.org/10.1177/09637214221114090

Chokron, S., Kovarski, K., & Dutton, G. N. (2021). Cortical visual impairments and learning disabilities. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 15, 713316. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2021.713316


Kovarski, K., Charpentier, J., Roux, S., Batty, M., Houy-Durand, E., & Gomot, M. (2021). Emotional visual mismatch negativity: a joint investigation of social and non-social dimensions in adults with autism. Transl Psychiatry, 11(1), 10. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41398-020-01133-5


Lacroix, A., Nalborczyk, L., Dutheil, F., Kovarski, K., Chokron, S., Garrido, M., . . . Mermillod, M. (2021). High spatial frequency filtered primes hastens happy faces categorization in autistic adults. Brain and Cognition, 155, 105811. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2021.105811

Rose, L., Kovarski, K., Caetta, F., & Chokron, S. (2020). Développement du comportement prosocial et de l’altruisme chez l’enfant. Revue de Neuropsychologie, 12(4), 335-340. https://doi.org/10.1684/nrp.2020.0600

Chokron, S., Kovarski, K., Zalla, T., & Dutton, G. N. (2020). The inter-relationships between cerebral visual impairment, autism and intellectual disability. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 114, 201-210. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2020.04.008

Kovarski, K., Caetta, F., Mermillod, M., Peyrin, C., Perez, C., Granjon, L., . . . Chokron, S. (2020). Emotional face recognition in autism and in cerebral visual impairments: In search for specificity. Journal of Neuropsychology. https://doi.org/10.1111/jnp.12221

Khanna, R. K., Kovarski, K., Arsene, S., Siwiaszczyk, M., Pisella, P. J., Bonnet-Brilhault, F., . . . Malvy, J. (2020). Ophthalmological findings in children with autism spectrum disorder. Graefes Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00417-019-04594-7

Rose, L., Kovarski, K., Caetta, F., & Chokron, S. (2020). Effet d’une situation extraordinaire sur le comportement altruiste de l’enfant. Revue de Neuropsychologie, 12(2), 140-142.  https://doi.org/10.1684/nrp.2020.0552

Kovarski, K., Batty, M., & Taylor, M. J. (2020). Visual responses to implicit emotional faces. In F. R. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders (pp. 1-3). New York, NY: Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102334-1

Kovarski, K., Siwiaszczyk, M., Malvy, J., Batty, M., & Latinus, M. (2019). Faster eye movements in children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 12(2), 212-224. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2054

Kovarski, K., Mennella, R., Wong, S. M., Dunkley, B. T., Taylor, M. J., & Batty, M. (2019). Enhanced early visual responses during implicit emotional faces processing in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49(3), 871-886. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3787-3

Latinus, M., Mofid, Y., Kovarski, K., Charpentier, J., Batty, M., & Bonnet-Brilhault, F. (2019). Atypical sound perception in ASD explained by inter-trial (in)consistency in EEG. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1177. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01177


Kovarski, K., Malvy, J., Khanna, R. K., Arsene, S., Batty, M., & Latinus, M. (2019). Reduced visual evoked potential amplitude in autism spectrum disorder, a variability effect? Transl Psychiatry, 9(1), 341. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41398-019-0672-6


Latimier, A., Kovarski, K., Peyre, H., Fernandez, L. G., Gras, D., Leboyer, M., & Zalla, T. (2019). Trustworthiness and dominance personality traits' judgments in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04163-1

Charpentier, J., Kovarski, K., Houy-Durand, E., Malvy, J., Saby, A., Bonnet-Brilhault, F., . . . Gomot, M. (2018). Emotional prosodic change detection in Autism Spectrum disorder: an electrophysiological investigation in children and adults. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 10(1), 28. https://doi.org/10.1186/s11689-018-9246-9

Charpentier, J., Kovarski, K., Roux, S., Houy-Durand, E., Saby, A., Bonnet-Brilhault, F., . . . Gomot, M. (2018). Brain mechanisms involved in angry prosody change detection in school-age children and adults, revealed by electrophysiology. Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, 18(4), 748-763. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13415-018-0602-8


Kovarski, K., Meaux, E., & Batty, M. (2018). De l’exploration à la perception des visages chez les personnes avec un Trouble du Spectre de l’Autisme. In D. Boeck (Ed.), Neuropsychologie et Remédiations des Troubles du Spectre de l’Autisme.

Kovarski, K., Latinus, M., Charpentier, J., Clery, H., Roux, S., Houy-Durand, E., . . . Gomot, M. (2017). Facial Expression Related vMMN: Disentangling Emotional from Neutral Change Detection. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, 18. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2017.00018


Kovarski, K.*, Thillay, A.*, Houy-Durand, E., Roux, S., Bidet-Caulet, A., Bonnet-Brilhault, F., & Batty, M. (2016). Brief report: Early VEPs to pattern-reversal in adolescents and adults with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 3377-3386.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-2880-8