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PRISME facility is dedicated to the study of human cognition and behavior. It provides methodological, technical, software, material, and administrative assistance for conducting research protocols in the field of experimental psychology, psychophysiology, and cognitive neuroscience in tightly controlled laboratory conditions as well as in more naturalistic settings with healthy volunteers and patients living with neurological and/or psychiatric disorders.

Scientific directors : Mathias PESSIGLIONE and Philippe FOSSATI

Operational manager : Karim N’DIAYE


The PRISME facility is located on the 1st floor of the main ICM building (to be partly relocated to the future ICM Chevaleret building), 1 engineer, 1¼ technician, 1 clinical research assistant. The PRISME facility houses 3 different experimental spaces:

  • One room (“the classroom”) dedicated to cognitive tasks on PC workstations, each equipped with touch-screen, eye-trackers and headset/microphone, allowing up to 12 participants to be tested in parallel.
  • One “sports room” to implement physical effort tasks on PC-controlled apparatuses addressing imposed (treadmill) or free-effort (2 ergocycles), as well as precision movements (virtual golf).
  • One “living room” simulating a mock apartment to reproduce real-life-like (a.k.a. ecological) conditions and daily activities for participants, including during study social interactions, monitored with multi-point optical cameras (including high-definition motorized one) and lapel microphones.

All rooms may be equipped with mobile devices and wireless sensors including: eye tracking (SMI & Tobii Pro Glasses), psychophysiological recordings (BIOPAC smart center), accelerometers (Shimmer), activity trackers (Empatica E4) and mobile EEG (Enobio32 NeuroElectrics). Dedicated software is also available for behavioral annotation (Noldus The Observer), and automated processing of facial expression (Noldus FaceReader) and body posture (Deep Lab Cut).


PRISME Core Facility supply extensive services to academic and non-academic researchers:

  • methodological assistance in protocol design;
  • all-inclusive service for participant recruitment, scheduling and payment;
  • software programming and dedicated software developments on Matlab/Psychotoolbox, JavaScript/JsPsych, Python/PsychoPy, Unity, C#;
  • ad-hoc hardware electronics & 3D design in collaboration with ICM’s Fablab / R&D Unit.

More recently, PRISME has extended its service offer to online testing over the internet or through mobile tablets (Android) and is developing the PRIME@Home project to monitor real-life behavior of voluntary research participants in their home place using home automation and passive sensing technologies.


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