Lucette Toussaint

LucetteLucette Toussaint, Professor at the University of Poitiers
5, rue Théodore Lefebvre
F – 86073 Poitiers cedex 9
Tél. : 33 (0)5 49 45 46 98


Research Team:

Attention and control (ATCO)

Research Topics:

Motor learning and sensorimotor representation / Plasticity of the sensorimotor function induced by sensorimotor deprivation.


Motor imagery, Short-term immobilization, Action-cognition relationship


  • Responsible of the ATCO team.
  • Director of the Doctoral School n°527 “Cognition, Behaviors, Language(s)”
  • Member of the management team of SFR Functional Neuroimaging (FED 4226)


2015 – 20….: Sophie-Anne BEAUPREZ: « Role of the sensorimotor system in the treatment of language: the importance of the specific characteristics of movement and motor efficiency in children and young adults » (Co-direction : Christel Bidet-Ildei, University of Poitiers).

2013 – 20…. : Thomas RULLEAU : « Clinical application of motor imaging in rehabilitation ».

2010 – 2014: Aurore MEUGNOT: « Short-term immobilization and motor imagery ». Co-direction: Yannick Blandin, University of Poitiers).

2007 – 2012 : André CAISSIE :  «Study of intermodal transfers during tasks of mental rotation: Tactile specificity, sensory independence or visual dependence» (Co-direction : Yannick Blandin, University of Poitiers).

2002 – 2005 : Nicolas ROBIN: “ Mental imagery and motor performance: influence of imagery modality, amount of practice and imagery abilities ”. (Co-direction : Yannick Blandin, University of Poitiers).

2000 – 2003 : Christelle ROBIN: “ Importance of sensory information and task constraints in learning and controlling manual pointing ”. (Co-direction : Annie Vinter, University of Dijon Dijon).


Bidet-Ildei, C., Meugnot, A., Beaupres, S.A., Gimenes, M., & Toussaint , L. (in press). Short-term upper limb immobilization affects action-word understanding. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition.

Toussaint, L., Meugnot, A., Badets, A., Chesnet, D., & Proteau, L. (2016). The specificity of practice hypothesis in goal directed movements: visual dominance or proprioceptive neglect? Psychological Research. doi:10.1007/s00426-016-0748-3

Meugnot, A., Agbangla, N.F., & Toussaint, L. (2016). Selective impairment of sensorimotor representations following short-term upper-limb immobilisation. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. doi:10.1080/17470218.2015.1125376.

Meugnot, A., Agbangla, N.F., Almecija, Y., & Toussaint, L. (2015). Motor imagery practice may compensate for the slowdown of sensorimotor processes induced by short-term upper-limb immobilization. Psychological Research, 79,489-499. doi:10.1007/s00426-014-0577-1.

Rulleau, T., Mauvieux, B. , & Toussaint, L. (2015). The influence of circadian rhythms on the temporal features of motor imagery for elderly inpatients. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96, 1229-1234. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.02.015.

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