Conference Series: Conversations between the mind and body

Event Published May 11 2022
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The mind, body and world interact in many fascinating ways. For example our emotions and thoughts influence bodily processes such as digestion, heart function and breathing. In turn, bodily processes such as inflammation and disease also influence brain function and contribute to psychopathologies. 

In our new conference series “Conversations between the mind and body”, we explore interactions between the mind, body and our social and physical environments. These interdisciplinary explorations will take on various forms, including presentations, workshops and experiential explorations with scientists, clinicians, somatic practitioners, movement artists…

This first session Sense of self in health and psychopathology: Insights from brain-body interactions by speakers: Dr. Catherine Tallon-Baudry and Dr. Marion Plaze addresses links between the brain, visceral organs and our sense of self, and how those interactions contribute to consciousness and how they are altered in psychiatric conditions, such as depersonalization/derealization disorder. 

First Part: Brain, viscera & consciousness (in English)

Dr. Catherine Tallon-Baudry, CNRS Research Director, Laboratoire des Neurosciences Cognitives et Computationnelles, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris. 

Dr. Tallon-Baudry will present her recent research that demonstrates how the interplay between the human brain and visceral organs, such as the heart and stomach, contributes to brain dynamics and to consciousness.

Second Part: Depersonalization-Derealization Disorder (in French)

Par le Dr. Marion Plaze, Chef de service du SHU-S14, Pôle Hospitalo-Universitaire Paris 15, GHU PARIS Psychiatrie & Neurosciences, site Sainte-Anne

Depersonalization-derealization disorder is a common psychological disorder characterized by a chronic feeling of detachment from oneself and one’s environment. Dr. Plaze will present insights into the physiological mechanisms underlying this disorder and new therapeutic approaches.

Friday, May 13, 2022 17-19h

at the Paris Brain Institute / Institut du Cerveau, auditorium

Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière, 47 bd de l’Hôpital, 75013 Paris

and online:

Online streaming:

Contact: Dr. Claire Wyart (, Dr. Leonie Koban (, or Ann Moradian (