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Philip Jackson,

École de psychologie

My interests concern the human brain ability to mentally represent actions, emotions or mental states of others. Embedded in a cognitive and social neuroscience perspective, my research program examines how this capacity is affected by individual differences, learning and brain plasticity, as well as by neurological problems (e.g., traumatic brain injury). My work focuses mainly on three axes: action representation (notably in amputees), pain representation and communication, and social cognition (cognitive processes involved in social interactions, for instance empathy). My team and I use techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, and transcranial magnetic stimulation, to examine cerebral systems involved in these processes. My research program also examines how psychiatric disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, personality disorders) affect social cognition, empathy, and perception of pain in others. The latest developments in my lab focuses on using neurophysiological markers during human-machine interaction especially with avatars that express emotions as well as video games.

Research assistant
Sarah-Maude Deschenes, Dt.P., M.Sc.

Postdoctoral fellows
Cindy Chamberland, Ph.D.
Aurore Meugnot, Ph.D.

PhD students
Béatrice Tousignant (recherche-intervention)
Marie-Audrey Lavoie (recherche-intervention)
Elsa Massicotte (recherche-intervention)
Cynthia Berthiaume (D. Psy)
Josiane Jauniaux (recherche-intervention)
Marie-Pier B.-Tremblay (recherche-intervention)
Frédéric Grondin (D. Psy)

Master students
Marie-Hélène Tessier
Marc-André Bouchard
Roxanne Poulin

Krishnan, A., Woo, C.W., Chang, L., Gu, X., Lopez-Solà, M., Jackson, P.L., i Nuez, J.P., Fan, J. & Wager, T. (2016). Somatic and vicarious pain are represented by dissociable multivariate brain patterns. eLife, 2016;5:e15166.

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.

Achim, AM, Ouellet, R, Lavoie, MA, Vallières, C, Jackson, PL, & Roy, MA. (2013). Impact of social anxiety on social cognition and functioning in patients with recent-onset schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Schizophrenia Research, 145(1-3), 75-81.

Lavoie, MA., Plana, I., Godmaire-Duhaime, F., Bédard-Lacroix, J., Jackson, P.L., & Achim, A.M. (2014). Performance in Multiple Domains of Social Cognition in Parents of Patients with Schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 2014 Aug 1. pii: S0165-1781(14)00634-9. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.07.055. [Epub ahead of print].

Hadjistavropoulos, T., Craig, K.D., Duck, S., Cano, A.M. Goubert, L., Jackson, P.L., Mogil, J.S., Rainville, P., Sullivan, M., Williams, A.deC., Vervoort, T., Fitzgerald, T.D. (2011). A Biopsychosocial Formulation of Pain Communication. Psychological Bulletin, 137 (6), 910-939.

Budell, L., Jackson, P., Rainville, P. (2010). Brain responses to facial expressions of pain: Emotional or motor mirroring? Neuroimage, 53, 355-363.

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, 5-9.

Jackson, P.L., Meltzoff, A.N. & Decety, J. (2005). How do we perceive the pain of others: A window into the neural processes involved in empathy. NeuroImage, 24, 771-779.

Jackson, P.L & Decety, J. (2004). Motor Cognition: A new paradigm to investigate self-other interactions. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 14, 259-263.

Decety, J., & Jackson, P.L. (2004). The functional architecture of human empathy. Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Review, 3, 71-100.

Liste des publications récentes:

After postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Washington and the University of Montreal, Mr. Jackson was appointed in 2005, Assistant Professor at the School of Psychology of Université Laval, became associate professor in 2010 and full professor in 2014. he is currently Senior Research scholar of the FRSQ. Neuropsychologist and expert in brain imaging, it performs its work at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS), the Research Centre of the University Institute in Mental Health of Quebec (CRIUSMQ) and on campus of Université Laval.

2014-2018 Senior Research Scholar Career Award, Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ)

2008-2013 New Investigator Award (Salary grant), Instituts de Recherche en Santé du Canada (IRSC)

2005-2009 Research Scholar Career Award Junior 1, Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ)

2003-2005 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada

2003 Certificate of excellence, Canadian Psychology Association (CPA)

2003 Nomination, Price for the best thesis, Social Sciences Faculty, Université Laval


Neuropsychology, Pain & Cognition, Cognitive Neuroscience, fMRI, Social Neuroscience, Empathy, Development of technologies modulating empathy

Philip Jackson

(418) 656-2131 x5151

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




A Virtual Reality avatar interaction (VRai) platform to assess residual executive dysfunction in active military personnel with previous mild traumatic brain injury: proof of concept., Robitaille, Nicolas, Jackson Philip L., Hébert Luc J., Mercier Catherine, Bouyer Laurent J., Fecteau Shirley, Richards Carol L., and McFadyen Bradford J. , Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol, 2016 Sep 28, p.1-7, (2016)
Repeated exposure to vicarious pain alters electrocortical processing of pain expressions., Coll, Michel-Pierre, Grégoire Mathieu, Prkachin Kenneth M., and Jackson Philip L. , Exp Brain Res, 2016 Sep, Volume 234, Issue 9, p.2677-86, (2016)
BDNF Val(66)Met Polymorphism Influences Visuomotor Associative Learning and the Sensitivity to Action Observation., Taschereau-Dumouchel, Vincent, Hétu Sébastien, Michon Pierre-Emmanuel, Vachon-Presseau Etienne, Massicotte Elsa, De Beaumont Louis, Fecteau Shirley, Poirier Judes, Mercier Catherine, Chagnon Yvon C., and Jackson Philip L. , Sci Rep, 2016 Oct 05, Volume 6, p.34907, (2016)
Changes in visual perspective influence brain activity patterns during cognitive perspective-taking of other people's pain., Vistoli, Damien, Achim Amélie M., Lavoie Marie-Audrey, and Jackson Philip L. , Neuropsychologia, 2016 May, Volume 85, p.327-36, (2016)
A developmental perspective on the neural bases of human empathy., Tousignant, Béatrice, Eugène Fanny, and Jackson Philip L. , Infant Behav Dev, 2016 Mar 16, (2016)
Impact of traumatic brain injury on social cognition in adolescents and contribution of other higher order cognitive functions., Tousignant, Béatrice, Jackson Philip L., Massicotte Elsa, Beauchamp Miriam H., Achim Amélie M., Vera-Estay Evelyn, Bedell Gary, and Sirois Katia , Neuropsychol Rehabil, 2016 Mar 10, p.1-19, (2016)
Somatic and vicarious pain are represented by dissociable multivariate brain patterns., Krishnan, Anjali, Woo Choong-Wan, Chang Luke J., Ruzic Luka, Gu Xiaosi, López-Solà Marina, Jackson Philip L., Pujol Jesús, Fan Jin, and Wager Tor D. , Elife, 2016 Jun 14, Volume 5, (2016)
Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation enhances the effects of motor imagery training in a finger tapping task., Saimpont, Arnaud, Mercier Catherine, Malouin Francine, Guillot Aymeric, Collet Christian, Doyon Julien, and Jackson Philip L. , Eur J Neurosci, 2016 Jan, Volume 43, Issue 1, p.113-9, (2016)
Social representations and contextual adjustments as two distinct components of the Theory of Mind brain network: Evidence from the REMICS task., Lavoie, Marie-Audrey, Vistoli Damien, Sutliff Stephanie, Jackson Philip L., and Achim Amélie M. , Cortex, 2016 Aug, Volume 81, p.176-91, (2016)
Multiple faces of pain: effects of chronic pain on the brain regulation of facial expression., Vachon-Presseau, Etienne, Roy Mathieu, Woo Choong-Wan, Kunz Miriam, Martel Marc-Olivier, Sullivan Michael J., Jackson Philip L., Wager Tor D., and Rainville Pierre , Pain, 2016 Aug, Volume 157, Issue 8, p.1819-30, (2016)

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