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  Research interests:

My research projects focus on identifying the anatomo-functional bases of mental arithmetic in adults. More particularly, our studies aim at defining the specific contribution of the verbal, the visuo-spatial and the motor systems to simple arithmetic by using three complementary methodologies:

1)      a behavioural approach, mostly by collecting chronometric data in double-task paradigms;

2)      a neuroimaging approach thanks to the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI);

3)      a lesional approach by inducing transient virtual lesions in healthy participants with the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). 



  • MichauxN., Masson, N., Pesenti, M., & Andres, M. (2013). Selective interference of finger movements with basic arithmetic problem solving. Experimental Psychology60(3), 197-205.
  • MichauxN., Pesenti, M., Badets, A., Di Luca, S., & Andres, M. (2010). Let us redeploy attention to sensorimotor experience‏. Behavioral and Brain Sciences33(4), 283-284.
  • Andres, M., MichauxN., & Pesenti, M. (2012). Common substrate for mental arithmetic and finger representation in the parietal cortex. NeuroImage, 62, 1520-1528.
  • Pelgrims, B., MichauxN., Olivier, E., & Andres, M. (2011). Contribution of the primary motor cortex to motor imagery: A subthreshold TMS study. Human Brain Mapping32(9), 1471-1482.
  • Andres, M., Pelgrims, B., MichauxN., Olivier, E., & Pesenti, M. (2011). Role of distinct parietal areas in arithmetic: An fMRI-guided TMS study. NeuroImage, 54(4), 3048-3056.


In preparation: 

  • Michaux, N., Andres, M., & Pesenti, M. (in prepraration). Recruitment of visuo-spatial, finger-related and verbal circuits in mental arithmetic: fMRI evidence of neuronal recycling.
  • MichauxN., Lerens, E., Seron, X., & Andres, M. (in preparation). Finger agnosia: Neglected issues.