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Véronique BOULENGER


Co-head of team DENDY
CNRS Researcher

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veronique.boulenger@cnrs.fr

Teams : DENDY 


  Training and professional background
  Research interests
  Scientific activities
  Administration activities
  Project management
  Awards and research grants
  Participation in research projects
  Teaching
  Supervised theses and dissertation
  Main publications and conferences

Part of my research lies in the context of embodied cognition theories and aims at investigating how the sensory-motor system shapes the neural networks underlying language processing.
I am also interested in the links between speech and brain rhythms, and more specifically in the way cortical oscillations track the speech signal, both in adults and in typically-developing children as well as in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI; ODYSSEE project).


TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND


 

Oct. 2010 - : CNRS Research Fellow. Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, CNRS/Université Lyon 2, UMR 5596.

 

2008-2010: Post-Doctorate. SpiN project (ERC), Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, CNRS/Université Lyon 2, UMR 5596, with Dr F. Meunier.

 

2007-2008: Post-Doctorate. MRC Cognitive and Brain Sciences Unit (Cambridge, UK), with Pr F. Pulvermüller.

 

2006: PhD Neuropsychology. Ecole Doctorale des Sciences Cognitives de Lyon. L2C2 - Institut des Sciences Cognitives UMR 5230, under supervision of Dr T.A. Nazir.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS


 

Brain oscillations during speech perception

  • Brain-to-speech synchronization at different syllabic rates
  • Connectivity between auditory and premotor regions
  • Speech perception in children with specific language impairment (SLI)

 

Embodied cognition and language

  • Action word processing in native and second language
  • Role of the motor system in L2 phonological processing

 

Techniques

  • EEG/MEG (event-related potentials, cortical oscillations)
  • Movement kinematics
  • Experimental psychology

 

SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES


 

2016 - : Coordinator of Work Package 3 "From the individual to interactions" of Labex ASLAN (Advanced Studies on Language complexity)

 

Ad-hoc reviewer:

  • Brain and Cognition, Brain and Language
  • Cerebral Cortex, Cognition, Cortex
  • Frontiers in Cognition (Review Editor), Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Human Brain Mapping
  • Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Neuropsychology
  • NeuroImage, Neuropsychologia
  • PLOS ONE, Psychological Research
  • Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
 

Member of organizing committees: IASCL 2017, Interspeech 2013, Réparer l'Homme.

 

Ad-hoc reviewer for international conferences (Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Interspeech).

 

ADMINISTRATION ACTIVITIES


 

June 2013 - : Co-head of the team Development, Neurocognition Disorders (DENDY) with Florence Chenu.

 

2016 - : Member of the Conseil of the Ecole Doctorale Neurosciences et Cognition (NSCo) at the University of Lyon

 

2013 : Coordinator of the lab's investigators: In charge of the legal aspects for the EEG and experiment rooms (cf. Facilities).

 

June 2013 - : Member of the executive board of DDL lab

 

Oct 2013 - : Member of the steering committee of the Labex ASLAN (DDL-ICAR)

 

2011-2016: Supply member of Emmanuel Ferragne at the Conseil d'Administration of the Association Francophone de la Communication Parlée

 

2011-2015: Supply member of François Pellegrino at the Conseil of the Ecole Doctorale Neurosciences et Cognition (NSCo) at the University of Lyon

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT


 

2016-2017: PROJECTOIRE: Trajectoire linguistique dans les mouvements de projection du bras. Co-responsabilité avec A.C. Roy. Financement Labex ASLAN.

 

2016-2019: Optimiser l'apprentissage phonologique et sémantique en L2: un nouveau rôle pour le système moteur. Co-responsabilité avec A.C. Roy. Financement de thèse Labex ASLAN pour A. Breton.

 

2013-2016: Symphonie des oscillations cérébrales lors de la perception de la parole chez les enfants à développement langagier typique et atypique. Co-responsabilité avec K. Jerbi. Financement de thèse Labex ASLAN pour H. Guiraud.

 

2012-2014: Projet ODYSSEE (Dynamique Oscillatoire des Réseaux Sensorimoteurs de la Parole). Financement ANR JC.

 

AWARDS AND RESEARCH GRANTS


 

2017: APPI (Appel à Projets Pluridisciplinaires Interne), University Lyon 2 for the project "Optimize phonological learning in second language: a new role for the motor system" (with avec A.C. Roy and C. Brozzoli).

 

2012-2014: ANR JCJC ODYSSEE (Oscillatory DYnamics of Speech SEnsorimotor Ensembles).

 

2008-2010: Post-Doctoral contract European Research Council (2 years).

 

2008: Post-Doctoral contract Medical Research Council (CBU, Cambridge, UK; 3 months).

 

2007-2008: Post-Doctoral Fellowship from Fondation Fyssen (1 year).

 

PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS


 

2017-2021: Motor Language Learning: A motor tool for language learning (ANR JC; PI: C. Brozzoli, CRNL-IMPACT, INSERM U1028, CNRS UMR5292).

 

2016-2020: Developmental Tool Mastery: Le développement du contrôle sensorimoteur pour l’emploi d’outils mécaniques (ANR PRC; PI: A. Farnè, CRNL-IMPACT, INSERM U1028, CNRS UMR5292)

 

2014: « L’enfant et les relations hiérarchiques inter-genres : étude développementale et interculturelle des représentations cognitives » (Projet Défi Genre; PI : J-B. Van Der Henst, L2C2 UMR 5304, Lyon)

 

2011-2012: COREGRAPHY: COgnitive REality of the GRAdient Phonemicity HYpothesis (ANR JCJC, PI: E. Ferragne, CLILLAC-ARP Paris 7).

 

TEACHING


 

2016 - : "Langage et Cognition incarnée". UE Bases neurales de la cognition. M2 Neurosciences fondamentales et cliniques, Université Lyon 1.

 

2014 -: "Introduction à la neurolinguistique" - UE Connaissances fondamentales en sciences du langage appliquées à l'orthophonie, 2ème année d’École d'Orthophonie, Institut des Sciences et Techniques de la Réadaptation, Université Lyon 1.

 

2014-2016: "Neurolinguistique: Modèle à deux voies de traitement de la parole" - TD de 3ème année de Licence de Sciences Cognitives, Université Lyon 2.

 

2013-2015: "Bases cérébrales du langage" - Module Langage et Communication du M2 Handicaps Sensoriels et Cognitifs, Institut des Sciences et Techniques de la Réadaptation, Université Lyon 1.

 

2012-2014: "Théories situées vs. non situées de la cognition: Le cas du langage" - Neuroconférence en M2 Recherche Neurosciences, Université Lyon 1.

 

SUPERVISED THESES AND DISSERTATION


 

2013-2016: Hélène Guiraud. PhD in Neuropsychology (co-direction with K. Jerbi). Symphony of neuronal oscillations during speech perception in typically developing children and children with verbal dyspraxia.

 

COLLABORATIONS

  • DYCOG, Centre de Recherche en Neurosciences de Lyon - INSERM U1028, CNRS UMR5292 / Département de Psychologie, Université de Montréal: Karim Jerbi.

MAIN PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES
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PhDs and master thesis
 

Boulenger, V., 2006, "Le Langage et l'Action: Dynamique des Liens Fonctionnels unissant Verbes d'Action et Contrôle Moteur", Thèse de Doctorat de Neuropsychologie, L2C2-ISC CNRS UMR 5230, Université Lumière Lyon 2  (pdf)


Chapters in books
 

Boulenger, V., 2014, "Cartographie électrophysiologique du langage et de la motricité", in Le langage au bout des doigts, Frak, V. & Nazir, T. (eds), Québec, Presses de l'Université du Québec, pp. 33-59  (cover)


 

Nazir, T., Fargier, R., Aravena, P. & Boulenger, V., 2012, "When words trigger activity in the brain’s sensory and motor systems: It is not Remembrance of Things Past ", in Language and action in cognitive neuroscience , Coello, Y. & Bartolo, A. (eds), Psychology Press, pp. 307-318  (cover)


Journals
 

Guiraud, H., Hincapié, A.S., Jerbi, K. & Boulenger, V., submitted, "Auditory and premotor neuronal entrainment to normal and fast speech rhythms: a MEG study in typically developing children. ", xx, xx


 

Guiraud, H., Bedoin, N., Krifi-Papoz, S., Herbillon, V., Caillot-Bascoul, A., Gonzalez-Monge, S. & Boulenger, V., 2018, "Don't speak too fast! Processing of fast rate speech in children with specific language impairment", Plos One, 13:1 (article)  (cover)


 

Pulvermuller, F., Moseley, R., Egorova, N., Shebani, Z. & Boulenger, V., 2014, "Motor cognition - Motor semantics: Action Perception Theory of cognitive cortical function", Neuropsychologia, 55, pp. 71-84  (pdf, cover)


 

Dekerle, M., Boulenger, V., Hoen, M. & Meunier, F., 2014, "Multi talker background and semantic priming effect", Frontiers in Human neuroscience, 8, pp. 878  (pdf)


 

Fargier, R., Paulignan, Y., Boulenger, V., Monaghan, P., Reboul, A. & Nazir, T., 2012, "Learning to associate novel words with motor actions: Language-induced motor activity following short training", Cortex, 48:7, pp. 888-899  (pdf)


 

Boulenger, V., Shtyrov, Y. & Pulvermüller, F., 2012, "When do you grasp the idea? MEG evidence for instantaneous idiom understanding", NeuroImage, 59:4, pp. 3502-3513  (pdf)


 

Fargier, R., Ménoret, M., Boulenger, V., Nazir, T. & Paulignan, Y., 2012, "Grasp it loudly! Supporting actions with semantically congruent spoken action words.", PLoS ONE, 7:1, pp. e30663  (pdf)


 

Boulenger, V., Hoen, M., Jacquier, C. & Meunier, F., 2011, "Interplay between acoustic/phonetic and semantic processes during spoken sentence comprehension: an ERP study", Brain and Language, 116:2, pp. 51-63  (pdf)


 

Boulenger, V., Hoen, M., Ferragne, E., Pellegrino, F. & Meunier, F., 2010, "Real-time lexical competitions during speech-in-speech comprehension", Speech Communication, 52:3, pp. 246-253  (pdf)


 

Boulenger, V. & Nazir, T., 2010, "Interwoven functionality of the brain's action and language systems", The Mental Lexicon (Special Issue 'Words and their Meaning: A deep delve from surface distribution into underlying neural representation' 5:2), 118, pp. 231-254  (pdf)


 

Boulenger, V., Hauk, O. & Pulvermüller, F., 2009, "Grasping ideas with the motor system: Semantic somatotopy in idiomatic and literal sentence comprehension ", Cerebral Cortex, 19(8), pp. 1905-1914  (pdf)


 

Boulenger, V., Mechtouff, L., Thobois, S., Broussolle, E., Jeannerod, M. & Nazir, T., 2008, "Word processing in Parkinson's disease is impaired for action verbs but not for concrete nouns", Neuropsychologia, 46, pp. 743-756  (pdf)


 

Nazir, T., Boulenger, V., Roy, A., Silber, B., Jeannerod, M. & Paulignan, Y., 2008, "Language-induced motor perturbations during the execution of a reaching movement", Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61:6, pp. 933-943  (pdf)


 

Boulenger, V., Silber, B., Roy, A., Paulignan, Y., Jeannerod, M. & Nazir, T., 2008, "Subliminal display of action words interferes with motor planning: A combined EEG and kinematic study", Journal of Physiology Paris, 102, pp. 130-136  (pdf)


 

Boulenger, V., Decoppet, N., Roy, A., Paulignan, Y. & Nazir, T., 2007, "Differential effects of Age-of-Acquisition for concrete nouns and action verbs: Evidence for partly distinct representations?", Cognition, 103:1, pp. 131-146  (pdf)


 

Boulenger, V., Roy, A., Paulignan, Y., Deprez, V., Jeannerod, M. & Nazir, T., 2006, "Cross-talk between language processes and overt motor behavior in the first 200 msec of processing", Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18:10, pp. 1607-1615  (pdf)


Conferences with proceedings
 

Guiraud, H., Hincapié, A.S., Jerbi, K. & Boulenger, V., 2018, "Perception de la parole et oscillations cérébrales chez les enfants neurotypiques et dysphasiques ", actes de 32èmes Journées d'Études sur la Parole, Aix en Provence, 4-8 juin


 

Guiraud, H., Ferragne, E., Bedoin, N., Krifi-Papoz, S., Herbillon, V., Bascoul, A., Gonzalez-Monge, S. & Boulenger, V., 2014, "Perception de la parole rapide chez les enfants présentant une dysphasie expressive", actes de 30èmes Journées d'Études sur la Parole, Le Mans, France, 23-27 juin 2014  (pdf)


 

Guiraud, H., Ferragne, E., Bedoin, N. & Boulenger, V., 2013, "Adaptation to natural fast speech and time-compressed speech in children", proc. of Interspeech, Lyon, 25-29 août 2013 (poster)  (pdf)


Invited and keynote conferences
 

Boulenger, V., 2010, "Quand le système moteur vient à la rencontre du langage: le traitement des verbes d'action.", actes de Société Française de Psychologie, Lille (France), 9 septembre 2010


 

Boulenger, V., 2009, "When language meets the motor system.", proc. of The Mental Lexicon Symposium, Lund University (Sweden), 9 décembre 2009


 

Boulenger, V., Hauk, O. & Pulvermüller, F., 2008, "Grasping ideas with the motor system: Semantic somatotopy in idiom comprehension. ", proc. of Annual Workshop on "Concepts, Actions and Objects: Functional and Neural Perspectives", Rovereto (Italy), 24-27 avril 2008


Invited presentations
 

Boulenger, V., 2018, "Langage et cognition incarnée: le cas des verbes d'action.", Séminaire Embodiment, Laboratoire Parole et Langage, Aix en Provence, 12 janvier


 

Boulenger, V., 2018, "Oscillatory cortical dynamics during speech perception in adults: a MEG study.", Séminaire de l'Institut de Neuroscience des Systèmes, INSERM/Aix Marseille Université, Marseille, 29 mars


 

Boulenger, V., 2016, "Les rythmes du cerveau et de la parole dans la dysphasie: projet ODYSSEE.", 10ème Journée Nationale des Dys (cycle de conférences sur la dysphasie), Lyon, 8 octobre


 

Boulenger, V., 2013, "Embodying language in action: Evidence for functional links between action word processing and the motor system", CRC workshop, Dusseldorf, 25 juin


 

Boulenger, V., 2011, "Liens fonctionnels partagés entre langage et action", Laboratoire URECA, Université Lille 3 (France), 17 février 2011


Conference presentations
 

Boulenger, V., Guiraud, H., Hincapié, A.S. & Jerbi, K., 2018, "Brain oscillations and speech rate variations: cortical tracking of syllable rate and fundamental frequency in children and adults", Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Québec, 16-18 août (poster)


 

Hincapié, A.S., Laaksonen, H., Bayle, D., Guiraud, H., Jerbi, K. & Boulenger, V., 2018, "Shifts from normal to fast speech correspond with shifts in the frequency of neuronal entrainment detected by MEG ", BIOMAG 2018: The 21st international conference on biomagnetism, Philadelphia (USA), 26-30 August (poster)


 

Guiraud, H., Boulenger, V. & Pellegrino, F., 2017, "Cortical oscillations and language variation: Towards a cross-linguistic perspective", Linguistic Diversity Meets The Brain: Future directions in the language sciences, Workshop at the Department of Comparative Linguistics, University of Zurich, Zurich (Suisse), 15-17 mai


 

Guiraud, H., Hincapié, A.S., Jerbi, K. & Boulenger, V., 2016, "Coupling of Speech Rhythm and Cortical Oscillations: an MEG Study in Typically Developing Children", Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Genève, 26-30 juin (poster)


 

Hincapié, A.S., Laaksonen, H., Bayle, D., Guiraud, H., Jerbi, K. & Boulenger, V., 2016, "Tracking of Speech Rhythm by Neuronal Oscillations: an MEG Study of Normal vs Fast Speech Processing", Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Genève, 26-30 juin (poster)


 

Bertrand-Dubois, D., Martin, F., Laaksonen, H., Meunier, D., Hincapié, A.S., Zerouali, Y., Guiraud, H., Boulenger, V. & Jerbi, K., 2016, "Does speech processing induce changes in resting-state brain networks? A MEG study", Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Genève, 26-30 juin (poster)


 

Guiraud, H., Hincapié, A.S., Jerbi, K. & Boulenger, V., 2016, "Speech rhythm and cortical oscillations: a study in typically developing children", Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting, New York, 2-5 avril (poster)


 

Guiraud, H., Hincapié, A.S., Jerbi, K. & Boulenger, V., 2016, "Tracking of Speech Rhythm in Typically Developing Children: a MEG Study.", Journées Scientifiques du CERNEC, Saint-Sauveur, 12-13 mars (poster)


 

Guiraud, H., Hincapié, A.S., Jerbi, K. & Boulenger, V., 2016, "Comment le rythme de la parole est-il traité chez les enfants à développement langagier typique? Une étude en MEG.", Journée Scientifique du Département de Psychologie, Montréal, 7 avril


 

Guiraud, H., Hincapié, A.S., Jerbi, K. & Boulenger, V., 2016, "Tracking of speech rhythm by cortical oscillations: an MEG study in typically developing children", Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Londres, 17-20 août (poster)


 

Guiraud, H., Jerbi, K., Hincapié, A.S. & Boulenger, V., 2016, "How cortical oscillations track speech rhythm in children: a MEG study", BIOMAG 2016: The 20th international conference on biomagnetism, Séoul (Korea), 1-6 octobre (poster)


 

Hincapié, A.S., Laaksonen, H., Bayle, D., Guiraud, H., Jerbi, K. & Boulenger, V., 2016, "Shifts from normal to fast speech are associated with corresponding shifts in the frequency of neuronal entrainment: An MEG study", BIOMAG 2016: The 20th international conference on biomagnetism, Séoul (Korea), 1-6 octobre (poster)


Magazines paper
 

Boulenger, V. & Nazir, T., 2014, "Le langage incarné: Des liens entre sens des mots et système moteur", 46, Lettre des Neurosciences, pp. 10-12 (lien)  (cover)


Newspaper article
 

Boulenger, V., 2012, "The neuroscience of your brain on fiction (written by Annie Murphy Paul)", New York Times, 17 mars (lien)


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