Accueil > Personnel

Michel Guerraz

Head of the Body & Space Team

Michel Guerraz


Professor in cognitive psychology

Laboratory of Psychology and Neurocognition
CNRS UMR 5105
Univ. Savoie Mont Blanc (USMB)
BP 1104
73011 Chambéry Cedex France



Tél. : 04.79.75.91.86

michel.guerraz[at]univ-smb.fr

Main responsabities :

- Head of the Body & Space Team LPNC from 2019
- Head of the National Council of Universities (CNU) in Psychology & Ergonomy (2015-2019)
- Head of the department of psychology USMB (2010-2016)

Professional trajectory

- From 2009 : Professor in cognitive psychology USMB
- 2004 - 2009 : Professor assistant in cognitive psychology USMB
- 2002 - 2004 : Professor assistant in cognitive psychology Univ. Toulon –Var
- 1997 - 2001 : Research and clinical assistant - Medical Research Council, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. London UK.
- 1995 - 1997 : Clinical neuropsychologist at the Hospital Arnaud de Villeneuve, Montpellier.

University education

- HDR Lettres, Sciences Humaines (2008) USMB
- PhD in Neurosciences (2001). University College of London, UK
- Master degrees in clinical (1995 USMB) and research (1994 UGA) psychology

Research topics

- Multisensory integration and kinesthesia
- Virtual reality and body representation
- Bimanual coordination
- Sensory-motor control

Peer-reviewed articles from 2015

Beaudoin M, Barra J, Dupraz L, Mollier-Sabet P, Guerraz M (2020) The impact of embodying an “elderly” body avatar on motor imagery. Experimental Brain Research. 238 : 1467–1478.

Harquel S, Guerraz M, Barraud PA, Cian C (2020) Modulation of alpha waves in sensorimotor cortical networks during self-motion perception evoked by different visual-vestibular conflicts. Journal of Neurophysiology. 123 : 346–355.

Metral M, Guerraz M (2019) The fake hand in movement : visual motion cues from the rubber hand are processed for the purpose of kinesthesia. Cousciousness & Cognition. 73:102761

Giroux M, Barra j, Barraud PA, Graff C, Guerraz M (2019) From embodiment of a point-light display in virtual reality to perception of one’s own movements. Neuroscience. 416:30-40.

Villard S, Allen A, Bouisset N, Carbaccio M, Thomas A, Guerraz M, Legros A (2019) Impact of extremely low-frequency magnetic fields on human postural control. Experimental Brain Research. 237:611-623.

Guerraz M, Breen A, Pollidoro L, Luyat M, Kavounoudias A (2018) Contribution of visual motion cues from a held tool to kinaesthesia. Neuroscience. 388:11-22.

Giroux, M, Barra J, Zrelli, I, Barraud A, Cian C, Guerraz M (2018) The respective contributions of visual and proprioceptive afferents to the mirror illusion in virtual reality. PLoS ONE. 13 (8) : e0203086

Chancel M, Landelle C, Blanchard C, Felician O, Guerraz M, Kavounoudias A (2018) Hand movement illusions show changes in sensory reliance and preservation of multisensory integration with age for kinaesthesia. Neuropsychologia. 119:45-58.

Caudron S, Ceyte H, Barraud PA, Cian C, Guerraz M (2018) Perception of body movement when real and simulated displacements are combined. PLoS ONE. 13 (3) e0193174.

Chancel M, Kavounoudias A, Guerraz M (2017) What’s left of the mirror illusion when the mirror can no longer be seen ? Bilateral integration of proprioceptive afferents ! Neuroscience. 362:118-126.

Metral M, Gonthier C, Luyat M, Guerraz M (2017) Body schema illusions : A study of the link between the rubber hand and kinesthestic mirror illusions through individual differences. BioMed Research International. ID 6937328.

Chancel M, Blanchard C, Guerraz M, Montagnini A, Kavounoudias A (2016) Optimal visuo-tactile integration for velocity discrimination of self-hand movements. Journal of Neurophysiology. 116:1522-1535.

Chancel M, Brun C, Kavounoudias A, Guerraz M (2016) Kinesthetic mirror illusions. How much does the mirror matter ? Experimental Brain Research. 234:1459-1468.

Piscicelli C, Barra J, Bourdillon C, Sibille B, Guerraz M, Pérennou D (2016) Maintaining the body upright optimizes visual vertical measurement after stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 30:9-18.

Guerraz M (2015) The mirror paradigm and mirror therapy : does the "virtual hand" have a beneficial impact on motor behavior. Therapeutic Targets for Neurological Diseases. 2(1):e517

Brun C, Guerraz M (2015) Anchoring the “floating arm”. use of proprioceptive and mirror visual feedback from one arm to control involuntary displacement of the other arm. Neuroscience. 310:268-278

Brun C, Metral M, Chancel M, Kavounoudias A, Luyat M, Guerraz M (2015) Passive or simulated displacement of one arm modulates the involuntary motor behaviour of the other arm. Neuroscience. 285:343-355.

Metral M, Chancel M, Brun C, Luyat M, Kavounoudias A, Guerraz M (2015) Kinaesthetic mirror illusion and spatial congruence. Experimental Brain Research. 233:1463-1470.

Thomassin N, Gonthier C, Guerraz M, Roulin JL (2015) The hard fall effect : High working memory capacity leads to a higher, but less robust short-term memory performance. Experimental Psychology. 62:89-89

Cian C, Gianocca V, Barreaud PA, Guerraz M, Bresciani JP (2015) Bioceramic fabrics improve standing posture and handstand stability in expert gymnasts. Gait & Posture. 42:419-423.