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  • Louise Kirsch

  • Chercheure contractuelle
  • Équipe: Piros
  • Bureau: J03
  • Email: kirsch@isir.upmc.fr
  • Addresse: : ISIR, Campus Pierre et Marie Curie, 4 place Jussieu, BC173, 75005 Paris
  • Site web: https://louisekirsch.wixsite.com/louisekirsch
  • Bio: Louise Kirsch completed her undergraduate studies in Biology at the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) in Paris, and then gained a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience (Cogmaster) at the ENS, EHESS and University Paris Descartes. During her studies she did several internships (two at UCL and one at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science in Leipzig), and gained experience in different neuroimaging techniques (TMS, fMRI, and some EEG). Louise completed her PhD within the SoBA Lab at Bangor University, in Wales with Prof Emily Cross; investigating how action experience influences action perception and how aesthetic evaluation of movement is impacted by experience. The focus of her first postdoc position at Bangor was on using advanced mutivariate imaging analyses to explore the learning process in the aging brain. Louise then moved to London as Research associate with Katerina Fotopoulou at University College London. She used neuroimaging techniques to investigate body awareness and affective touch in stroke patients and healthy adults; as well as to investigate self/other distinction and emotional biases in multisensory settings. She is now working at ISIR with Malika Auvray and Vincent Hayward on exploring deeper the characteristics of tactile interactions; as well as investigating the relationship between social and spatial cognition. What brings together her past, current, and future research is the investigation of the interaction between the body and multisensory experiences in understanding ourselves and others, while always taking into account how affect shapes perception.


  • Xavier Job, Louise Kirsch, Sandra Inard, Gabriel Arnold, Malika Auvray (2021). Spatial perspective taking is related to social intelligence and attachment style. Personality and Individual Differences Vol 168 Pages 109726.
  • Louise Kirsch, Xavier Job, Malika Auvray, Vincent Hayward (2020). Harnessing Tactile Waves to Measure Skin-to-Skin Interactions. Behavior Research Methods
  • Louise Kirsch, Xavier Job, Malika Auvray (2020). Mixing up the Senses: Sensory Substitution Is Not a Form of Artificially Induced Synaesthesia. Multisensory Research Pages 1-26.
  • Louise Kirsch, Sahba Besharati, Christina Papadaki, Laura Crucianelli, Sara Bertagnoli, Nick Ward, Valentina Moro, Paul Jenkinson, Aikaterini Fotopoulou (2020). Damage to the right insula disrupts the perception of affective touch. eLife Vol 9 Pages e47895.