PRISME : human behavior exploration core facility

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PRISME is the Institut du Cerveau – ICM’s core facility dedicated to the functional exploration of human behavior. It is divided into 2 entities: 1– PRISME-Virtual Reality that focuses on developing and adapting new paradigms of virtual reality for behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. The facility also means to set up new therapeutic protocols applied to neuropsychiatric diseases;
2– PRISME-Real life that is dedicated to the study of human cognitive functions, motor performance and social interaction in an ecological environment. Academic and industrial partners have access to the equipment and are helped by the team to design needed protocols. PRISME is part of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM core facility network (MRI, MEG/EEG, TMS…) which facilitates translational research projects.


PRISME-Virtual reality
• Cognitive remediation programme, including web-therapy and virtual reality
• Exploration of walk, spatial cognition and interpersonal space
• Social interactions: Embodied conversational agents
• Virtual reality: Environments and avatars creation
PRISME-Real life
• Test of cognitive functions
• Assessment of sport performance
• Study of social interactions
• Automatic analysis of behavior
• Freely moving subjects
• Multimodal recordings
• Brain stimulation


PRISME-Virtual reality
• Four headmounted displays, including one with eye-tracking device
• Several virtual 3D and 2D environments (street, plane, mountain, subway, city, social interaction, etc.)
• Realistic conversational virtual humans

PRISME-Real life
• 12 computer-equipped seats for multi- subject simultaneous testing
• 12 monitoring devices for tracking gaze position and measuring force production
• 2 training bikes, 1 treadmill and 1 golf simulator
• Multiple microphones and cameras for audio- video recording
• 2 wireless eye-tracking systems
• 2 wireless physiology monitoring systems (skin conductance, heart rate)
• 2 wireless EEG systems for recording brain activity
• 2 wireless transcranial direct current stimulation systems
• 2 computerized testing setups with high rate stimulus presentation


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Mathias Pessiglione —Scientific manager
Philippe Fossati —Scientific manager
Karim N’Diaye—Operational manager
Gilles Rautureau —Developer
Pierre Canet —Technical support