Dr Elsa Fouragnan

Dr Elsa Fouragnan

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)


Lecturer in Cognitive and Computational  Neuroscience 
Head of the Stimulation Lab at BRIC


PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience - European Fellowship, Trento, Italy

MEng in Biomedical Engineering - Polytechnic Institute (INP-ENSC), Bordeaux, France

BA in Cognitive Science - Polytechnic Institute (INP-ENSC), Bordeaux, France

Roles on external bodies

Board member of the Change Group, WellcomeCentre for Integrative Neuroscience, Oxford, 2017-2018

Treasurer, French federation of students and early researchers in Cognitive Sciences, 2006

Teaching interests

  • 412 - Psychological Science
  • 415 - Topics in Psychology
  • 406 - Applied psychology
  • 404 - Current topics in Psychology
  • 570 - Issues in Cognitive and Brain Science

Staff serving as external examiners

PhD examiner:

  • Elodie Levy, ICM, CNRS, Paris, France

Research interests

I am fascinated by the brain's remarkable capacity to process our continually changing environment, allowing us to avoid repeated mistakes and make smart decisions. How is this normally achieved, and what are the consequences of brain damage? To address these questions, a large part of my work focuses on both value-based decision-making and reward-learning and involves various methods including multimodal neuroimaging (simultaneous EEG-fMRI), focal ultrasound neurostimulation and comparative neuroscience.

Key publications are highlighted

Fouragnan EF, Chau BKH, Folloni D, Kolling N, Verhagen L, Klein-Flügge M, Tankelevitch L, Papageorgiou GK, Aubry J-F 2019 'The macaque anterior cingulate cortex translates counterfactual choice value into actual behavioral change' Nature Neuroscience 22, (5) 797-808 , DOI PEARL
Folloni D, Verhagen L, Mars R, Fouragnan E, Constans C, Aubry J-F, Rushworth MFS & Sallet J 2019 'Manipulation of subcortical and deep cortical activity in the primate brain using transcranial focused ultrasound stimulation' Neuron , DOI PEARL
Fouragnan E, Retzler C & Philiastides MG 2018 'Separate neural representations of prediction error valence and surprise: Evidence from an fMRI meta-analysis' Human Brain Mapping Author Site , DOI PEARL
Fouragnan E, Queirazza F, Retzler C, Mullinger KJ & Philiastides MG 2017 'Spatiotemporal neural characterization of prediction error valence and surprise during reward learning in humans' Scientific Reports 7, (1) , DOI PEARL
Pisauro MA, Fouragnan E, Retzler C & Philiastides MG 2017 'Neural correlates of evidence accumulation during value-based decisions revealed via simultaneous EEG-fMRI' Nature Communications 8, (1) , DOI PEARL
Neveu R, Fouragnan E, Barsumian F, Carrier E, Lai M, Nicolas A, Neveu D & Coricelli G 2016 'Preference for Safe Over Risky Options in Binge Eating' Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 10, , DOI PEARL
Neveu R, Fouragnan E, Barsumian F, Carrier E, Lai M, Nicolas A, Neveu D & Coricelli G 2016 'Preference for Safe Over Risky Options in Binge Eating' FRONTIERS IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE 10, Author Site , DOI
Fouragnan E, Retzler C, Mullinger K & Philiastides MG 2015 'Two spatiotemporally distinct value systems shape reward-based learning in the human brain' Nature Communications 6, (1) , DOI PEARL
Neveu R, Neveu D, Barsumian F, Fouragnan E, Carrier E, Lai M, Sultan J, Nicolas A & Coricelli G 2014 'Improved Planning Abilities in Binge Eating' PLoS ONE 9, (8) e105657-e105657 , DOI PEARL
Fouragnan E, Chierchia G, Greiner S, Neveu R, Avesani P & Coricelli G 2013 'Reputational Priors Magnify Striatal Responses to Violations of Trust' Journal of Neuroscience 33, (8) 3602-3611 , DOI
Queirazza F, Fouragnan E, Steele JD, Cavanagh J & Philiastides MG 0 'Dorsomedial prefrontal cortex activity during learning discriminates response to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in depression' , DOI