Philip Jackson

Philip Jackson,
Ph. D.

École de psychologie

The Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory was created by Professor Philip L. Jackson, full Professor at the School of Psychology at Laval University. The laboratory studies are carried out at the Interdisciplinary Center for Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS), at the CERVO Research Center, and at the School of Psychology.

Members of the lab are interested in the human brain's ability to mentally represent others’ actions, emotions or states of mind. From a cognitive and social neuroscience perspective, his research program examines factors that may influence this ability, such as individual differences, learning, and brain plasticity, as well as the presence of neurological disorders (e.g., traumatic brain injury) or the psychiatric (eg schizophrenia). To do this, they use various methods of imaging of the human brain such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to determine the involvement of different brain systems in the representation of the actions and pain of others as well as in more complex processes of social cognition such as empathy.

The most recent developments in the laboratory relate to the study of emotional states through the use of neurophysiological markers during human-machine interaction (virtual reality, virtual agents, video games).

Many of the lab's work is interdisciplinary and is done with clinical relevance in areas such as physical rehabilitation and psychiatry.

Research Professionals:

  • Alexandra Jochmans-Lemoine, Ph.D.
  • Marie-Pier B. Tremblay, Ph.D student.

Engineers, programmers:

  • Vincent Poiré (Engineer)
  • Jonathan Caron-Roberge (3D Environment programmer)

Postdoctoral fellow:

  • Yanick Leblanc-Sirois, co-directed by Isabelle Blanchette

Graduate students:

  • Marie-Pier B. Tremblay, B.A., Psychology doctorate student, Research & Intervention
  • Frédéric Grondin, B.A., Psychology doctorate student, Research & Intervention, co-directed by Anna Lomanoska
  • Marie-Hélène Tessier, M.A. Psychology doctorate student (Ph. D.)
  • Chloé Gingras, B.A., Psychology doctorate student, Research & Intervention, co-directed by Pascale Tremblay
  • Audrey Marcoux, B.A. Psychology doctorate student, Research & Intervention
  • Camille Rouleau, B.A. Psychology doctorate student (D. Psy.)
  • Frédérique Therrien, B.A. Psychology doctorate student (D. Psy.), co-directed by Lynn Gauthier
  •  Roxanne Laverdière, B.A. Psychology doctorate student, Research & Intervention, co-directed by Frédéric Banville

Undergraduate students:

  • Élisabel Lépine, baccalaureat student
  • Elliot Gagner, baccalaureat student
  • Clémentine Pouliot, baccalaureat student

Since 2005, I supervised >25 undergraduate students (recherche dirigée/honours), 7 Master students, 15 graduate students, and 11 postdoctoral fellows.

  • Gingras, C., Coll, M.P., Tessier, M.H., Tremblay, P. & Jackson, P.L. Pain Evaluation and Prosocial Behavior is Affected by Age and Sex. European Journal of Pain. (En révision).
  • Decety, J., & Jackson, P. L. (2004). The functional architecture of human empathy. Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience reviews, 3(2), 71-100.
  • Achim, A. M., Ouellet, R., Roy, M. A., & Jackson, P. L. (2011). Assessment of empathy in first-episode psychosis and meta-analytic comparison with previous studies in schizophrenia. Psychiatry research, 190(1), 3-8.
  • Coll, M. P., Tremblay, M. P. B., & Jackson, P. L. (2017). The effect of tDCS over the right temporo-parietal junction on pain empathy. Neuropsychologia, 100, 110-119.
  • Latimer, M., Jackson, P. L., Eugène, F., MacLeod, E., Hatfield, T., Vachon‐Presseau, E., ... & Prkachin, K. M. (2017). Empathy in paediatric intensive care nurses part 1: behavioural and psychological correlates. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(11), 2676-2685.
  • Jauniaux, J., Khatibi, A., Rainville, P., & Jackson, P. L. (2019). A meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies on pain empathy: investigating the role of visual information and observers’ perspective. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 14(8), 789-813.
  • Taschereau-Dumouchel, V., Hétu, S., Bagramian, A., Labrecque, A., Racine, M., Chagnon, Y. C., & Jackson, P. L. (2016). BDNF Val66Met polymorphism is associated with self-reported empathy. PLoS One, 11(2), e0149911.
  • Grondin, F., Lomanowska, A. M., & Jackson, P. L. (2019). Empathy in computer‐mediated interactions: A conceptual framework for research and clinical practice. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 26(4), e12298.
  • Marcoux, L. A., Michon, P. E., Lemelin, S., Voisin, J. A., Vachon-Presseau, E., & Jackson, P. L. (2014). Feeling but not caring: Empathic alteration in narcissistic men with high psychopathic traits. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 224(3), 341-348.
  • Jackson, P. L., Michon, P. E., Geslin, E., Carignan, M., & Beaudoin, D. (2015). EEVEE: The empathy-enhancing virtual evolving environment. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 9, 112.
  • Krishnan, A., Woo, C. W., Chang, L. J., Ruzic, L., Gu, X., Lopez-Sola, M., ... & Wager, T. D. (2016). Somatic and vicarious pain are represented by dissociable multivariate brain patterns. Elife, 5, e15166.
  • Hétu, S., Grégoire, M., Saimpont, A., Coll, M. P., Eugène, F., Michon, P. E., & Jackson, P. L. (2013). The neural network of motor imagery: an ALE meta-analysis. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 37(5), 930-949.
  • Jackson, P. L., Rainville, P., & Decety, J. (2006). To what extent do we share the pain of others? Insight from the neural bases of pain empathy. Pain, 125(1), 5-9.
  • Lavoie, M. A., Lacroix, J. B., Godmaire-Duhaime, F., Jackson, P. L., & Achim, A. M. (2013). Social cognition in first-degree relatives of people with schizophrenia: a meta-analysis. Psychiatry Research, 209(2), 129-135.

Philip L. Jackson, Ph.D. is a full professor at the School of Psychology at Université Laval, a regular researcher at the CERVO and CIRRIS centers, co-responsible for research at the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial and Digital Intelligence (OBVIA) and co-responsible for the Immersive Technologies in Rehabilitation (IRT) platform at Cirris. He is also a member of the College of New Researchers and Creators of the Royal Society of Canada.


psychology, pain, cognition, social neurosciences, virtual reality, brain imaging

Philip Jackson

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École de psychologie Pavillon Felix-Antoine Savard Local 1520 Québec (Québec) G1K 7P4 Canada


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