CeRCA is the acronym for 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 Michel Isingrini, Professor at the University of Tours. The CeRCA is a joint unit of the Université de Poitiers, the Université François Rabelais at Tours, and of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

Its main themes of research are the individual development from childhood to old age, memory, language, communication, the social regulation of cognitive operations, and the relationships between physical training and cognition.

The CeRCA is structured around six research teams :

  • Attention and control processes (ATCO)
  • Language abilities and finalized interactions (CLIF)
  • Social cognition (SoCog)
  • Cognitive and memory dysfunction, psychopathology and neuropsychology of memory an control (DysCo)
  • Writing (PREC)
  • Ageing and memory (VIME).


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