Co-Principal Investigator

Dr Tristan Bekinschtein is interested in non-classic approaches to study the physiology and cognition of consciousness. He has wide interests in cognition and neurophysiology. In the last few years, he has been mainly concentrating in describing different states of consciousness such as awake, sleep, sedation, and the vegetative state. His latest line of work is primarily looking at how we lose consciousness and how we get it back. He is mainly attacking the limits of cognition in the process of falling asleep or getting sedated (losing consciousness) with a combination of behavioural measures, brain markers of cognitive processes and brain markers of the micro-conscious state. Together with his students and collaborators, they use behaviour measures, electromyography, electroencephalography, functional MRI, intracranial electrodes and transcranial magnetic stimulation, to respond the main questions at the intersection between awareness and wakefulness.




Research Interest

Key Publications

Google Scholar Link

Cruse, D., Chennu, S., Chatelle, C., Bekinschtein, T., Fernandez-Espejo, D., Pickard, J. D., et al. (2011). The Lancet, 378(9809), P2088-2094.

Bekinschtein, T., Dehaene, S., Rohaut, B., Tadel, F., Cohen, L., and Naccache, L. (2009). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106 (5), 1672-1677.

Wacongne, C., Labyt, E., van Wassenhove, V., Bekinschtein, T., Naccache, L., Dehaene, S. (2011). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108 (51), 20754-20759.