Maud is a PhD student at the Aquitaine Institute for Cognitive and Integrative Neuroscience, CNRS – UMR 5287, Bordeaux.
Her research explores the involvement of intra-individual variability of cognitive performance and associated processes (emotional, social interactions, occurrence of adverse events) in the dynamic expression of symptoms and substance-taking observed in schizophrenia, in conjunction with the condition of brain structure and function.
To address these goals, she uses Ecological Momentary Assessment – an innovative method which consists of Smartphone application for collecting extensive information (cognitive performance, emotions, social interactions, environmental, symptoms, substance use) in real time and in the natural environment of subjects with schizophrenia. The complementary aim of this project is to find a link between these variables measured in real time in the natural environment of individuals and the brain structure and function, captured by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The exploration of these dynamic variables in ecological context using mobile technologies in conjunction with the study of brain structure and function constitutes an important step in the integrated understanding of this pathology.
She works under the supervision of Pr. J. Swendsen and Pr. B. N’Kaoua in the “Neuroimagery and human cognition” team, whose main objective is to combine advanced neuroimaging techniques and cognitive-behavioral assessments in order to understand the etiology and pathophysiology of CNS disorders.