Since the beginning of my work in adult psychiatry, I had both hospital clinical and research activities. My research focused on neuroimaging investigations of social cognitive disorders in schizophrenia (theory of mind).

Progressively, my work included other investigation methods (behavioral tests, MEG, EEG, eye-tracking, virtual affective agents) and aimed at providing new investigation methods (i.e. social interaction simulation as in COMPARSE project; the design of new batteries as in EVACO project). I develop cognitive remediation therapies of social cognition with either a "drill plus strategy" or a "drill and practice" approach (respectively, projects InterRemed and Arcimboldo).


Current position:

  • Adult psychiatrist at Centre Hospitalier de Versailles (Praticien Hospitalier)
  • Associate Researcher at HandiResp (EA4047) Université Versailles Saint-Quentin
  • Administrative and organization responsibilities at EA4047, Université Versailles Saint-Quentin
  • Contact for the "Social Cognition" group within Fédev


Previous positions:

  • Contract with Inserm (Contrat d’interface hospitalier, 2004-2009) at Inserm Unit ERI15 (Pr. Hardy-Baylé)
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Center for Mind Brain and Learning, Pr. Decety, University of Washington, Seattle, USA “Neural correlates of human empathy.” (2004)



  • Accreditation to direct research (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches), Université Versailles Saint-Quentin, 2014
  • Ph.D., Université Paris VI “Deficits of the attribution of intentions to others in schizophrenia. Contribution of neuroimaging researches.” directed by Pr. Hardy-Baylé and Pr. Decety (2003)
  • MD, Psychiatrist “Neural soft signs in schizophrenia” directed by Dr. Beaufils (1999)


Current funded projects:

  • PI collaborative project ANR EMCO « COMPARSE » headed by Pr. Michel-Ange AMORIM: Virtual reality investigation of social cognition
  • PI PHRC EVACO: multicentric investigation of a social cognitive battery for schizophrenia
  • PI collaborative project ARCIMBOLDO (I-Code, U Paris Saclay)


Peer-reviewed publications:

Bazin, N., Brunet-Gouet, E., Bourdet, C., Kayser, N., Falissard, B., Hardy-Bayle, M. C., et al. (2009). Quantitative assessment of attribution of intentions to others in schizophrenia using an ecological video-based task: a comparison with manic and depressed patients. Psychiatry Research, 167(1-2), 28-35.

Brunet, E., Sarfati, Y., & Hardy-Baylé, M. (2003). Reasoning About Physical Causality and Other's Intentions in Schizophrenia. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 8(2), 129-139.

Brunet, E., Sarfati, Y., Hardy-Baylé, M. C., & Decety, J. (2000). A PET investigation of the attribution of intentions with a nonverbal task. NeuroImage, 11(2), 157-166.

Brunet, E., Sarfati, Y., Hardy-Baylé, M. C., & Decety, J. (2003). Abnormalities of brain function during a nonverbal theory of mind task in schizophrenia. Neuropsychologia, 41(12), 1574-1582.

Brunet-Gouet, E., Achim, A. M., Vistoli, D., Passerieux, C., Hardy-Bayle, M. C., & Jackson, P. L. (2010). The study of social cognition with neuroimaging methods as a means to explore future directions of deficit evaluation in schizophrenia? Psychiatry Research.

Brunet-Gouet, E., & Decety, J. (2006). Social brain dysfunctions in schizophrenia: a review of neuroimaging studies. Psychiatry Research, 148(2-3), 75-92.


Brunet-Gouet E, Oker A, Martin J-C, Grynszpan O and Jackson PL (2016) Editorial: Advances in Virtual Agents and Affective Computing for the Understanding and Remediation of Social Cognitive Disorders. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 9:697. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00697

Dozolme, D., Brunet-Gouet, E., Passerieux, C., Amorim, M.A., (2015) Neuroelectric correlates of pragmatic emotional incongruence processing: empathy matters. PLOS, sous presse

Fleuret, F., & Brunet, E. (2000). DEA: An architecture for goal planning and classification. Neural Computation, 12(9), 1987-2008.

Jackson, P. L., Brunet, E., Meltzoff, A. N., & Decety, J. (2006). Empathy examined through the neural mechanisms involved in imagining how I feel versus how you feel pain. Neuropsychologia, 44(5), 752-761.

Oker, A., Prigent, E., Courgeon, M., Eyharabide, V., Urbach, M., Bazin, N., Amorim, M.A., Passerieux, C., Martin, J.C. & Brunet-Gouet, E., (2015) Affective and reactive virtual agents for investigating naturalistic social cognition in schizophrenia: a new paradigm, Frontiers in Human Neurosciences, 9, 133

Oker, A., Courgeon, M., Prigent, E., Eyharabide, V., Bazin, N., Urbach, M., Passerieux, C., Martin, J.C., Amorim, M.A. & Brunet-Gouet, E., (2015) Rating an affective agent’s help: a virtual reality study of help and metacognition, Internation Journal of Synthetic Emotions, 6(1), 60-73

Roux, P., Vistoli, D., Christophe, A., Passerieux, C., Brunet-Gouet, E., (2014) ERP evidence of a Stroop effect in emotional speech related to social anhedonia. Journal of Psychophysiology, 28(1), 11-21

Roux, P., Brunet-Gouet, E., Passerieux, C., & Ramus, F. (2016). Eyetracking reveals a slowdown of social context processing during intention attribution in schizophrenia. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience.

Sarfati, Y., Hardy-Bayle, M. C., Brunet, E., & Widlocher, D. (1999). Investigating theory of mind in schizophrenia: influence of verbalization in disorganized and non-disorganized patients. Schizophrenia Research, 37(2), 183-190.

Urbach, M., Brunet-Gouet, E., Bazin, N., Hardy-Bayle, M.C., Passerieux, C. 2013. Correlations of theory of mind deficits with clinical patterns and quality of life in schizophrenia. Front Psychiatry  4, 30.

Vistoli, D., Brunet-Gouet, E., Baup-Bobin, E., Hardy-Bayle, M. C., & Passerieux, C. (2011). Anatomical and temporal architecture of theory of mind: a MEG insight into the early stages. NeuroImage, 54(2), 1406-1414.


Book chapters:

Brunet-Gouet, E., Oker, A., (2014) Points de vus théoriques et pratiques sur l’évaluation de la cognition sociale dans la schizophrénie (in Cognition sociale et schizophrénie Outils d'évaluation et de remediation Masson, Editeurs N. Franck)

Jackson, P., Brunet-Gouet, E. Decety, J., Jackson, P. L., & Brunet, E. (2007). In T. F. Farrow & P. W. Woodruff (Eds.), Empathy in Mental Illness and Health: Cambridge University Press.

Jackson, P., Brunet-Gouet, E. Ce que l’imagerie cérébrale nous apprend sur l’intersubjectivité (Masson, Editeurs N. Georgieff, M. Speranza)

Vistoli, D., Brunet-Gouet, E. Quelle place donner aux troubles de l’intersubjectivité dans la schizophrénie ? (Masson, Editeurs N. Georgieff, M. Speranza)



  • Mental health
  • Social neurosciences
  • Virtual reality / EEG / Eye-tracking
  • Psychometrics (validation of a a social cognitive battery)
  • Cognitive remediation