CeRCA is the acronym for the « Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition et l’Apprentissage » (Center for Research on Cognition and Learning). The CeRCA was created in January 2008 and is directed by Nicolas Vibert, Senior CNRS researcher, and as deputy director Laurence Taconnat, Professor at the University of Tours. The CeRCA is a joint unit of the Université de Poitiers, of the Université de Tours, and of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, French National Center for Scientific Research).
The three main themes of research at CeRCA are:
- the cognitive bases of language and of its use in complex activities such as writing,
- the ageing and psychopathology of memory and executive functions,
- the influence of social and sensorimotor contexts on cognitive processes (“situated cognition”)
The six research teams of the CeRCA are organized in three thematic clusters each including two teams:
- The research area « Literacy: from Word to Speech » groups the « Communication and Language Acquisition » (CoALa) and « Writing» research teams.
- The research area « Memory Dysfunction » groups the « Cognitive dysfunction: Psychopathology and Neuropsychology of Memory and Control Contrôle » (DysCo) and « Ageing and Memory » (VIME) research teams.
- The research area « Contextualized Action and Cognition » groups the « Social Cognition » (SoCog) and « Exercise, Sensorimotricity and Cognition » (EXSECO) research teams.