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Shirley Fecteau,

Associate professor, Université Laval Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroplasticity

Development of new therapies to treat cognitive disorders that affect attention, decision-making and emotions

Dr. Shirley Fecteau holds the Canada Research Chair in Neuroplasticity and is studying the effects of transcranial magnetic and electrical stimulation approaches to treat conditions such as alcoholism, smoking, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. Although this type of therapy, which involves passing a low intensity electric current between electrodes placed on the scalp, is effective in treating many of these conditions, the mechanisms underlying its action are not well known.

Dr. Fecteau's studies have shown that the passage of a weak electric current in the brain affects the level of several molecules, including activating neurotransmitters, during treatment. This discovery could explain how transcranial stimulation affects the behavior, symptoms, and neuronal activity of people who are treated repeatedly.

Transcranial stimulation is a particularly interesting approach to treating people in whom conventional treatments, such as mood-regulating drugs, do not work. Pre Fecteau is particularly focused on developing treatments for people with refractory alcohol, tobacco or other drug use disorders.

Researcher in cognitive neuroscience, interested in cognitive processes (eg., attention, decision making, emotion) and in associated cerebral substrates. The main tools used are magnetic and electrical transcranial stimulation, magnetic resonance imaging (anatomical, functional, spectroscopy), electroencephalography and cognitive training.

Équipe de Shirley Fecteau

Post-doctoral students:
- Marine Mondinot
- Christophe Lenglos
- Frédéric Haesebaert

PhD students:
- Antoine Hone-Blanchet
- Jean Levasseur-Moreau
- Maya Dickler
- William Valet
- Elsa Massicotte
- Marilyne Joyal
- Thierry Provencher

Master students:
- François Thiffault
- Julie Goulet
- Kevin Binette

Research assistants:
- Emmanuelle Renauld
- Pierre-Emmanuel Michon

Nos recherches sont disponibles en ligne sur Pubmed

Cognitive processes
Transcranial stimulation
Magnetric resonance imaging
Cognitive training

Shirley Fecteau


2601 Chemin de la Canardière
Québec (Québec)
G1J 2G3



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Recent Publications

The involvement of the striatum in decision making., Goulet-Kennedy, Julie, Labbe Sara, and Fecteau Shirley , Dialogues Clin Neurosci, 2016 Mar, Volume 18, Issue 1, p.55-63, (2016)

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