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Clément François

I am a CNRS researcher working in the Laboratoire Parole et Langage in Aix-Marseille University and the Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain.

I did a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from 2007 to 2011 at Aix-Marseille University under the supervision of Dr. Schön. My Ph.D. work focused on the implicit statistical learning of musical and linguistic structures in musicians and non-musicians. I studied adults and children using behavioral and electrophysiological measures in both cross-sectional and longitudinal designs. The results of this work gave rise to several publications in world-leading journals that became reference work in the music and neuroscience community. Importantly, my Ph.D. was part of a large research project supported by the French National Research Agency to Dr. Besson, which focused on music-induced brain plasticity and transfer of training from music to language.

From 2013 to 2018, I did a post-doc in the University of Barcelona with Dr. Rodriguez-Fornells (Cognition and Brain plasticity group, Bellvitge Hospital) and Dr. Bosch (Attention, Perception and Acquisition of Language Lab, Sant Joan de Déu Hospital). I dedicated my postdoctoral period to the longitudinal study of speech segmentation based on statistical learning in full-term and preterm neonates. This was done thanks to a 2-year post-doctoral grant from the FYSSEN foundation followed by a Juan de la Cierva-incorporación 2015 with a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. I also coordinated a parallel project funded by the BIAL foundation to perform a multimodal neuroimaging study in children with perinatal stroke.

Project coordination

  • 2020. ANRJCJC BabyLang. From speech perception to vocabulary acquisition in infancy (PI: C. François: 260 k€).
  • 2020. 80PRIME LangDev. De la perception de la parole chez le bébé à l’acquisition du vocabulaire chez l’enfant, un projet interdisciplinaire. (PI : C. François & L. Prévot; 44 k€).
  • 2016. PERIS program.Reorganización estructural y funcional después de un infarto isquémico perinatal en niños de 3 años. (PI: C. François, 75 k€).
  • 2016. MINECO, Spanish Government. Electrophysiological dynamics of speech segmentation in full-term and moderate preterm infants. (PI: C. François; 33.5 k€).
  • 2013. FYSSEN foundation. Developmental dynamics of speech and song segmentation in full-term and pre-term neonates: an electrophysiological longitudinal project. (PI: C. François; 50 k€).

Project participation

  • 2019. ANR2019, From lip- to script-reading: An integrative view of audio-visual associations in language processing. (PI: C. Pattamadilok, 342 k€).
  • 2018. Sociedad Española de Neuroradiologia. Using fMRI and DTI to predict the success of cochlear implantation in children. (PI: M. Rebollo, 15 k€).
  • 2016. La Marato-TV3-2016. Playing and Singing for the Recovering Brain: Efficacy of Enriched Social-Motivational Musical Interventions in Stroke Rehabilitation (PIs: Rodriguez-Fornells, T. Särkämö, J.L. Arcos; 399 k€).
  •  2007. ANR-NEURO, 2007, MUSAPDYS (PI: M. Besson, 375 k€).

Evaluation Activities

  • Expert ANR (French National Research Agency) for "Young Researchers" calls.
  • Expert MINECO (Spanish National Research Agency)
  • Expert ERC 2018 for Starting grants
  • Reviewer for journals: PlosOne, Cerebral Cortex, NeuroImage, NeuroImage Clinical, journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Scientific Reports, Infant Behavior and Development, Neuropsychologia, Brain Research, Biological Psychology, Ear and Hearing, Music Perception, Cognitive and Affective Behavioral Neuroscience, Hearing Research, Language Learning etc...

Ph.D. Supervision

  • Neus Ramos-Escobar [2016-2021]. Neural signatures of word learning and speech segmentation mechanisms in adults and children, an ERP and oscillatory approach. (co-supervised with Dr. Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells)
  •  Estelle Hervé [2020-]. De la perception de la parole chez le bébé à l’acquisition du vocabulaire chez l’enfant, un projet interdisciplinaire. (co-supervised with Prof. Laurent Prévot, 80PRIME CNRS grant)

 Other Supervision

  •  Nagore Navarrete-Herrero [2016]. Implicit and explicit statistical learning of shape sequences. Master 2 Neuroscience, University of Barcelona
  • Enara Garcia [2014].  Electrophysiological evidence of speech segmentation and word to world mapping in parallel. Master 2 Neuroscience, University of Barcelona


Journal articles22 documents

  • Lucía Vaquero, Neus Ramos-Escobar, David Cucurell, Clément François, Vesa Putkinen, et al.. Arcuate fasciculus architecture is associated with individual differences in pre-attentive detection of unpredicted music changes. NeuroImage, Elsevier, 2021, 229, pp.117759. ⟨10.1016/j.neuroimage.2021.117759⟩. ⟨hal-03132095⟩
  • Clément François, Alfredo Garcia-Alix, Laura Bosch, Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells. Signatures of brain plasticity supporting language recovery after perinatal arterial ischemic stroke. Brain and Language, Elsevier, In press, 212, pp.104880. ⟨10.1016/j.bandl.2020.104880⟩. ⟨hal-02992134⟩
  • Clément François, Antoni Rodriguez‐fornells, Maria Teixidó, Thaïs Agut, Laura Bosch. Attenuated brain responses to speech sounds in moderate preterm infants at term age. Developmental Science, Wiley, In press, ⟨10.1111/desc.12990⟩. ⟨hal-02881530⟩
  • Clément François, Pablo Ripollés, Laura Ferreri, Jordi Muchart, Joanna Sierpowska, et al.. Right Structural and Functional Reorganization in Four-Year-Old Children with Perinatal Arterial Ischemic Stroke Predict Language Production. eNeuro, Society for Neuroscience, 2019, 6 (4), pp.ENEURO.0447-18.2019. ⟨10.1523/ENEURO.0447-18.2019⟩. ⟨hal-02281924⟩
  • Joanna Sierpowska, Andreu Gabarrós, Alejandro Fernández-Coello, Àngels Camins, Sara Castañer, et al.. White-matter pathways and semantic processing: intrasurgical and lesion-symptom mapping evidence. Neuroimage-Clinical, Elsevier, 2019, 22, pp.101704. ⟨10.1016/j.nicl.2019.101704⟩. ⟨hal-02060847⟩
  • Clément François. La relevancia de la música en el desarrollo lingüístico de los bebés. Llengua, Societat i Comunicació, University of Barcelona, 2019, Noves perspectives a l'entorn de l'aprenentatge inicial del llenguatge, 17. ⟨hal-02447007⟩
  • Aline Frey, Clément François, Julie Chobert, Jean-Luc Velay, Michel Habib, et al.. Music Training Positively Influences the Preattentive Perception of Voice Onset Time in Children with Dyslexia: A Longitudinal Study. Brain Sciences, MDPI, 2019, 9 (4), pp.91. ⟨10.3390/brainsci9040091⟩. ⟨hal-02108125⟩
  • Aline Frey, Clément François, Julie Chobert, Mireille Besson, Johannes Ziegler. Behavioral and electrophysiological investigation of speech perception deficits in silence, noise and envelope conditions in developmental dyslexia. Neuropsychologia, Elsevier, 2019, 130, pp.3-12. ⟨10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.07.033⟩. ⟨hal-02171878⟩
  • Stefan Elmer, Jürgen Hänggi, Lucía Vaquero, Guillem Olivé Cadena, Clément François, et al.. Tracking the microstructural properties of the main white matter pathways underlying speech processing in simultaneous interpreters. NeuroImage, Elsevier, 2019, 191, pp.518-528. ⟨10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.02.056⟩. ⟨hal-02099969⟩
  • Lucía Vaquero, Neus Ramos-Escobar, Clément François, Virginia Penhune, Antoni Rodríguez-Fornells. White-matter structural connectivity predicts short-term melody and rhythm learning in non-musicians. NeuroImage, Elsevier, 2018, 181, pp.252-262. ⟨10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.06.054⟩. ⟨hal-02099977⟩
  • Stefan Elmer, Joëlle Albrecht, Seyed Abolfazl Valizadeh, Clément François, Antoni Rodríguez-Fornells. Theta Coherence Asymmetry in the Dorsal Stream of Musicians Facilitates Word Learning. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2018, 8, pp.4565. ⟨10.1038/s41598-018-22942-1⟩. ⟨hal-02062420⟩
  • Clément François, Maria Teixidó, Sylvain Takerkart, Thaïs Agut, Laura Bosch, et al.. Enhanced Neonatal Brain Responses To Sung Streams Predict Vocabulary Outcomes By Age 18 Months. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2017, 7 (1), ⟨10.1038/s41598-017-12798-2⟩. ⟨hal-01793454⟩
  • Adrià Vilà-Balló, Clément François, David Cucurell, Júlia Miró, Mercè Falip, et al.. Auditory Target and Novelty Processing in Patients with Unilateral Hippocampal Sclerosis: A Current-Source Density Study. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2017, 7, pp.1612. ⟨10.1038/s41598-017-01531-8⟩. ⟨hal-02062426⟩
  • Lucía Vaquero, Karl Hartmann, Pablo Ripollés, Núria Rojo, Joanna Sierpowska, et al.. Structural neuroplasticity in expert pianists depends on the age of musical training onset. NeuroImage, Elsevier, 2016, 126, pp.106-119. ⟨10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.11.008⟩. ⟨hal-02099985⟩
  • Clément François, Jennifer Grau-Sánchez, Esther Duarte, Antoni Rodríguez-Fornells. Musical training as an alternative and effective method for neuro-education and neuro-rehabilitation. Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers, 2015, 6, pp.475. ⟨10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00475⟩. ⟨hal-02062428⟩
  • Tatiana Selchenkova, Clément François, Daniele Schön, Alexandra Corneyllie, Fabien Perrin, et al.. Metrical Presentation Boosts Implicit Learning of Artificial Grammar. PLoS ONE, Public Library of Science, 2014, 9 (11), pp.e112233. ⟨10.1371/journal.pone.0112233⟩. ⟨hal-02062411⟩
  • C. François, F. Jaillet, Sylvain Takerkart, Daniele Schön. Faster Sound Stream Segmentation in Musicians than in Nonmusicians. PLoS ONE, Public Library of Science, 2014, 9 (7), pp.e101340. ⟨10.1371/journal.pone.0101340⟩. ⟨hal-02062401⟩
  • Clément François, Daniele Schön. Neural sensitivity to statistical regularities as a fundamental biological process that underlies auditory learning: The role of musical practice. Hearing Research, Elsevier, 2014, Music: A window into the hearing brain, 308, pp.122-128. ⟨10.1016/j.heares.2013.08.018⟩. ⟨hal-02062416⟩
  • Clément François, Barbara Tillmann, Daniele Schön. Cognitive and methodological considerations on the effects of musical expertise on speech segmentation. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Wiley, 2012, The Neurosciences and Music IV Learning and Memory, 1252 (1), pp.108-115. ⟨10.1111/j.1749-6632.2011.06395.x⟩. ⟨hal-02062407⟩
  • Clément François, D Schon. Musical Expertise Boosts Implicit Learning of Both Musical and Linguistic Structures. Cerebral Cortex, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2011, 21, pp.2357 - 2365. ⟨10.1093/cercor/bhr022⟩. ⟨hal-03053499⟩
  • Julie Chobert, Céline Marie, Clément François, Daniele Schön, Mireille Besson. Enhanced Passive and Active Processing of Syllables in Musician Children. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press), 2011, 10, pp.420 - 3887. ⟨10.1162/jocn_a_00088⟩. ⟨hal-01382742⟩
  • Daniele Schön, Clément François. Musical Expertise and Statistical Learning of Musical and Linguistic Structures. Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers, 2011, 2, pp.167. ⟨10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00167⟩. ⟨hal-02062405⟩

Book sections1 document

  • Maria Teixidó, Clément François, Laura Bosch, Claudia Männel. Chapter 5. The role of prosody in early speech segmentation and word-referent mapping. Edited by Pilar Prieto and Núria Esteve-Gibert. The Development of Prosody in First Language Acquisition, pp.79 - 100, 2018, ⟨10.1075/tilar.23.05tei⟩. ⟨hal-03053945⟩