CeRCA is the acronym for Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition et l’Apprentissage (Center for Research on Cognition and Learning). It was created in January 2008 and is directed by Michel Isingrini, Professor at the University of Tours. The CeRCA is a joint venture of the University of Poitiers, the François Rabelais University of Tours, and of the French National Center for Scientific Research (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 made up of six research teams :
ATCO: Attention and Control; CLIF: Language capacities and finalized interactions; SoCog: Social Cognition; DysCo: Cognitive and memory dysfunction, psychopathology and neuropsychology of memory and control; PREC: Written Production; VIME: Ageing and memory.