Thomas Andrillon

I am Thomas Andrillon, currently a PhD student at the ED3C Doctoral School (École Doctorale Cerveau-Cognition-Comportement, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris France).

I am pursuing my research at the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (Institute of Cognitive Sciences, École Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris, France) under the direction of Sid Kouider (PhD) and at the Center for Sleep and Consciousness (University of Wisconsin at Madison, WI, USA) under the direction of Giulio Tononi (MD, PhD).

My doctoral project aims at understanding how and how deep the brain can process information during natural sleep. I am also interested in investigating brain's ability to learn new information processed during unconscious or disconnected state such as sleep. To answer these questions, I am studying humans and animals using behavioral and electrophysiological recordings (EEG, intracranial recordings).

This doctoral project is in the line of Dr Tononi's work on sleep and consciousness. Together with Dr Kouider, we think that sleep as a natural modulation of conscious and attentional states is a wonderful tool to study conscious and unconscious processes. Moreover, sleep in itself is a fascinating and mysterious phenomenon everyone experiences every night without, surprisingly, much astonishment!

In the past, I have worked and lived in several places, both in France and abroad. I started my curriculum at the Lycée Pierre de Fermat (Toulouse, France) enrolled in an intensive 2-years program in Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics to prepare the ENS's entrance examination. After completing my Bachelor degree in Life Sciences (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France) in the Department of Biology (ENS, Paris, France), I started a transdisciplinary Master degree in Cognitive Sciences (CogMaster, major: Neurosciences) at the ENS, Université Paris-Descartes and the EHESS. In parallel, I spent about one year and half in Dr Tononi's laboratory working with Yuval Nir (PhD). I graduated in June 2012 and my PhD started in September 2012.


  • –present
    PhD Student, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris