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Monica Baciu

Monica Baciu

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Lab Head
Co-head CDP IDEX NeuroCog, UGA
IUF senior member

Laboratoire de Psychologie et Neurocognition
Université Grenoble Alpes
Bâtiment Sciences de l’Homme et Mathématiques
CS40700, 38058 Grenoble Cedex 9


Monica Baciu received her MD from the University Iuliu Hatieganu, Cluj Romania in 1990 and did residency in Neurology (1990-1995). She completed her education with a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University Joseph Fourier (Grenoble Alpes) in 1999. She joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the same university in 2000.

Teaching Activity

- Functional neuroanatomy

- Neurology and Cognitive Neuropsychology

- Functional neuroimaging methods and clinical applications

- Neuroplasticity and neuro-rehabilitation methods

Research activity

Neurocognitive and integrative models of neuroplasticity for language and memory, in normal and neurological patients (focal epilepsy and stroke) with a multidisciplinary approach that combines cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology and neuroimaging methods.

Scientific leadership
- Co-head of the NeuroCoG program : From neuron to networks, from cognition to social interaction

Main publications

Extensive list of publications and communications at

Roger, E., Pichat, C., Renard, F., Cousin, E., Perrone-Bertolotti, M., Hot, P., Minotti, L., Job, AS., Kahane, P., Trebuchon, A., Krainik, A. & Baciu, M. (2019). Multimodal assessment of language and memory reorganization : a proof of concept in two patients with drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy. Epileptic Disorders in press.

Kuzovkin, I., Vicente, R., Petton, M., Lachaux, JP., Baciu, M., Kahane, P., Rheims, S., Vidal, JR., Aru, J. (2018). Activations of Deep Convolutional Neural Network are Aligned with Gamma Band Activity of Human Visual Cortex. Nature Communications Biology 1 : 107 (2018). doi : 10.1038/s42003-018-0110-y.

Hoyau, E., Roux-Sibilon, A., Boudiaf, N., Pichat, C., Cousin, E., Krainik, A., Jaillard, A., Peyrin, C. & Baciu, M. (2018). Aging modulates fronto-temporal cortical interactions during lexical production. A dynamic causal modeling study. Brain Language, Jun 15 ;184:11-19. doi : 10.1016/j.bandl.2018.06.003.

Roger, E., Petit, L., Perrone-Bertolotti, M., Job, AS., Minotti, L., Kahane, P. & Baciu, M. (2018). Structural connectivity and neurocognition : contribution to focal epilepsy. Epileptic Disorders doi : 10.1684/epd.2018.0958.

Burnel, M., Perrone-Bertolotti M., Reboul, A., Baciu, M. & Durrleman, S. (2018). Reducing the language content in ToM tests : a developmental scale, Developmental Psychology. Nov 20. doi : 10.1037/dev0000429.

Haldin, C., Acher, A., Kauffmann, L., Hueber, T., Cousin, E., Badin, P., Perrier, P., Fabre, D., Perennou, D., Detante, O., Jaillard, A., Lœvenbruck, H. & Baciu, M. (2017). Speech recovery and language plasticity can be facilitated by Sensori-Motor Fusion training in chronic non-fluent aphasia. A case report study. Clin Linguist Phon. 2017 Nov 17:1-27. doi : 10.1080/02699206.2017.1402090.

Torlay, L., Perrone-Bertolotti, M., Thomas, E., Baciu, M. (2017). Machine Learning XGBoost Analysis of language networks to classify patients with epilepsy. Brain Informatics. doi.10.10007/s40708-017-0065-7.

Boudiaf, N., Laboissière, R., Cousin, E., Fournet, N., Krainik, A. & Baciu, M. (2016). Behavioral evidence for a differential modulation of semantic processing and lexical production by aging. A full linear mixed-effects modeling approach. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, Nov 24:1-22, DOI : 10.1080/13825585.2016.1257100.

Tzourio-Mazoyer N., Perrone-Bertolotti M., Jobard G., Mazoyer B., Baciu M. (2016). Multi-factorial modulation of language variability and plasticity in healthy and pathological condition : a review. Cortex, pii : S0010-9452(16)30130-7. doi : 10.1016/j.cortex.2016.05.013.

Baciu, M., Boudiaf, N., Cousin, E., Perrone-Bertolotti, M., Pichat, C., Fournet, N., Chainay, H., Lamalle & Krainik, A. (2016). Functional MRI evidence for the decline of word retrieval and generation during normal aging. Age, Journal of the American Aging Association, Feb ;38(1):3.doi : 10.1007/s11357-015-9857-y. Epub 2015.

Hoyau, E., Cousin, E. Jaillard, A. & Baciu, M. (2015). Modulation of inter-hemispheric processing of semantic information during normal aging : a divided visual field experiment. Neuropsychologia doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015 Epub.

Favre, P., Houennou, J., Baciu, M., Pichat, C., Poupon, C., Bugerol, T., Polosan, M. (2015). White matter plasticity induced by psychoeducation in bipolar patients : A controlled diffusion tensor imaging study. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 27 ;85(1):58-60.

Perrone-Bertolotti, M., Girard, C., Cousin, E., Vidal, J.R., Pichat, C., Kahane, P., & Baciu, M. (2015). NEREC, an effective brain mapping protocol for combined language and long-term memory functions. Epilepsy & Behavior, 53, 140-148.

Baciu, M. & Perrone-Bertolotti, M. (2015). What do patients with epilepsy tell us about language dynamics ? A reviews of fMRI studies. Reviews in the Neurosciences. 26(1). 1-19.

Favre, P., Baciu, M., Pichat, C., Bougerol, T. & Polosan, M. (2014). FMRI evidence for abnormal resting-state functional connectivity in euthymic bipolar patients. Journal of Affective Disorders, 165:182-9. doi : 10.1016/j.jad.2014.04.054. Epub 2014.

Klein-Koerkamp, Y., Heckemann, R.A., Ramdeen, K.T., Moreaud, O., Keignart, S., Krainik, A., Hammers, A., Baciu, M. & Hot, P. for the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (2014). Amygdalar atrophy in early Alzheimer’s disease. Current Alzheimer Research, epub.

Perrone-Bertolotti, M., Rapin, L., Lachaux, J-P, Baciu, M. & Lœvenbruck, H (2014). What is that little voice inside my head ? Inner speech phenomenology, its role in cognitive performance and its relation with self-monitoring. Behav Brain Res, pii : S0166-4328(13)00783-3. doi : 10.1016/j.bbr.2013.12.034.

Favre, P., Baciu, M., Pichat, C., de Pourtalès, M.A., Fredembach, B., Garçon, S., Bougerol, T. & Polosan, M. (2013). Modulation of fronto-limbic activity by the psychoeducation in euthymic bipolar patients. A functional MRI study. Psychiatry Research : Neuroimaging. 214, 285-295.

Hot, P., Klein-Koerkamp, Y., Borg C., Richard-Mornas, A., Zsoldos, I., Thomas Antérion, C. & Baciu, M. (2013). Fear recognition impairment in early-stage Alzheimer’s disease : When focusing on the eyes region improves performance. Brain Cog 9 ;82(1):25-34.

Grabski, K., Schwartz, JL, Lamalle, L., Coriandre, V., Nathalie, V., Baciu, M., Le Bas , JF., Sato, M. (2013). Shared and distinct neural correlates of vowel perception and production. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 26 : 384-408.

Perrone-Bertolotti, M., Lemonnier, S., Bonniot, C. & Baciu, M. (2013). Hemisphere specialization and inter-hemispheric cooperation during a phonological task. Effect of Lexicality as assessed by the Divided Visual Field approach. Laterality, vol.18:2, 216-230.

Perrone-Bertolotti, M., Dohen, M., Loevenbruck, H., Sato, M., Pichat, C., Baciu, M. (2013). Neural correlates of the perception of prosodic focus in French. An fMRI study. Human Brain Mapping, Volume 34, Issue 10, 2574-2591, DOI : 10.1002/hbm.22090.

Klein-Koerkamp, Y., Beaudoin, M., Baciu, M., Hot, P. (2012). Emotional Decoding Abilities in Alzheimer’s Disease. A Meta-Analysis. J Alzheimers Dis. 32:1, 109-125.

Yvert, G., Perrone-Bertolotti, M., Baciu, M., David, O. (2012). Dynamic causal modeling of spatiotemporal integration of phonological and semantic processes : An electroencephalographic study. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(12):4297-4306.

Peyrin, C., Démonet, JF., Pernet, C., Baciu, M., LeBas, JF., Valdois, S. (2012). Neural dissociation of phonological and visual attention span disorders in developmental dyslexia : FMRI evidence from two case reports. Brain and Language, 120(3):381-94.

Grabski, K., Lamalle, L., Vilain, C., Schwartz, JL., Vallée, N., Troprès, I., Baciu, M., Le Bas, JF., Sato, M. (2011). Basic neural network and motor somatotopy of supralaryngeal and laryngeal articulators. Human Brain Mapping.

Kalénine, S., Peyrin, C., Pichat, C., Segebarth, C., Bonthoux, F., Baciu, M. (2009). The sensory-motor specificity of taxonomic and thematic conceptual relations : A behavioral and fMRI study. Neuroimage, 44(3):1152-62.

Cousin, E., Perrone, M., Baciu, M. (2009). Hemispheric specialization for phoneme detection according to phoneme transparency and gender. A divided visual field experiment in healthy subjects. Brain & Cognition 69(3):465-71.

Lachaux, J.P., Jung, J., Mainy, N., Dreher, J.C., Bertrand, O., Baciu, M., Minotti, L., Hoffmann, D., Kahane, P. (2008). Silence is golden : transient neural deactivation in the Prefrontal Cortex during attentive reading. Cerebral Cortex, 18(2):443-50.

Mainy, N., Jung, J., Baciu, M., Kahane, P., Schoendorff, B., Minotti, L., Hoffmann, D., Bertrand, O., Lachaux, JP. (2007). Cortical dynamics of word recognition. Human Brain Mapping, 29(11):1215-30.

Lachaux, JP., Fonlupt, P., Kahane, P., Minotti, L., Hoffmann, D., Bertrand, O., Baciu, M. (2007). Relationship between task-related Gamma oscillations and BOLD signal : new insights from combined fMRI and intracranial EEG. Human Brain Mapping, 28(12):1368-75.

Cousin, E., Peyrin, C., Baciu, M. (2006). Hemispheric predominance assessment of phonology and semantics. A divided visual field experiment. Brain and Cognition 61, 298-304.

Valdois, S., Carbonnel, S., Juphard, A., Baciu, M., Ans, B., Peyrin, C. & Segebarth, C. (2006). Polysyllabic pseudo-word processing in reading and lexical decision : Converging evidence from behavioural data, simulations and functional MRI. Brain Research 1085(1):149-62.

Baciu, M.V., Watson, J.M., Maccotta, L., McDermott, K.B., Buckner, R.L., Gillian, F.G., & Ojemann, J.G. (2005). Evaluating fMRI procedures for assessing hemispheric language dominance in neurosurgical patients. Neuroradiology, 47 : 835-844.

Baciu, M., Juphard, A., Cousin, E., & Le Bas, J. F. (2005). Evaluating fMRI methods for assessing hemispheric language dominance in healthy subjects. European Journal of Radiology, 55(2), 209-218.

Loevenbruck, H., Baciu, M., Segebarth, C., & Abry, C. (2005). Broca’s region under focus : An fMRI study of the production of deixis via syntactic extraction and prosodic focus. Journal of Neurolingustics, 18 (3), 237-258.

Peyrin, C., Baciu, M., Segebarth, C., Marendaz, C. (2004). Cerebral regions and Hemispheric Specialization for Processing Spatial Frequencies during Natural Scene Recognition. An Event-Related fMRI study. Neuroimage, Vol. 23, pp 698-707.

Sato, M., Baciu, M., Loevenbruck, H., Schwartz, J.L., Cathiard, M.A., Segebarth, C., Abry, C. (2004). Multistable Representation of Speech Forms : A Functional MRI Study of Verbal Transformations. Neuroimage, 23(3), pp.1143-1151.

Baciu, M., Watson, J.M., McDermott, K.B., Wetzel, R.D., Attarian, H., Moran, C.J., & Ojemann, J.G. (2003). Functional MRI reveals inter-hemispheric dissociation of frontal and temporal regions correlated with lexical processing in a patient with frontal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behaviour, Vol 4 (6), pp 776-780.

Baciu, M., Le Bas, J., Segebarth, C. and Benabid, A. L. (2003). Presurgical fMRI evaluation of cerebral reorganization and motor deficit in patients with tumorsand vascular malformations. European Journal of Radiology, vol. 46, 139-146.