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Audrey Kist

PhD Student, Engineer

Audrey Kist

Laboratoire de Psychologie et Neurocognition
Université Pierre Mendès-France
Bâtiment Sciences de l’Homme et Mathématiques
CS40700 - 38058 Grenoble Cedex 9 France

PhD Thesis

Title : Decision-making and metacognitive processes in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder : The role of the antero-ventral subthalamic nucleus

PhD supervision : Nathan Faivre (LPNC), Pr Mircea Polosan (GIN), Julien Bastin (GIN) ; advisor : Michaël Pereira (LPNC)

Funding : MESRI (Grenoble-Alpes University)

Team/Project : MetAction - see online

The aim of this thesis is to study the role of the antero-ventral subthalamic nucleus in perceptual decision-making (perceptual consciousness), value-based decision-making and associated metacognition.
This study uses multi-modal methods such as behavioral paradigms, EEG and local field potentials (LFP) recordings in OCD patients treated by STN Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). We will take advantage of the recruited patients within an international ongoing study – Eqoloc, driven by CHU Grenoble (M Polosan, PI).
This study will contribute to a better understanding of the cortico-STN (associative-limbic) implication in decision making processes and metacognition. it will improve knowledge on OCD physiopathology and will have implications for the DBS management in this disabling medical condition.

Keywords : perception ; decision-making ; subthalamic nucleus (STN) ; deep brain stimulation (DBS) ; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)


Psychology 1st year (UGA) : Methods in Psychology (20 h)

Psychology 1st year (UGA) : Data analysis (28 h – upcoming)


2019-2020 : Research Master degree in Cognitive Sciences, Phelma Grenoble INP
Research thesis : Investigating the role of the STN in conscious perception and metacognition
Supervision : Nathan Faivre (LPNC, Grenoble-Alpes University)

2019 : Design Thinking and Agile Methods Certificate, ESSEC Paris

2001-2006 : Master’s Degree in Engineering (Diplôme d’Ingénieur), Institut Catholique d’Arts et Méthiers - Toulouse
Professional thesis : Interpolating meteorological data for a NATO Ballistic Kernel.
Supervision : Gilles Bézard (ICAM, Toulouse)

Professional activities

Since 2019 : co-founder of AMASAI, a consulting practice for Legal implications of data science and AI technologies

2008-2019 : Control systems engineer at EDF

2006-2008 : IT analyst at Thales Alenia Space