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Neurolex Group

Department of Psychology


My research interests are primarily concerned with defining the neural network involved in language comprehension (semantic and syntax). I investigate this area by analysing source reconstruction of EMEG data (Electro-Magnetoencephalography: to allow precise spatial and temporal resolution of the process under scrutiny. I hold a PhD in Psychology from Geneva University (Switzerland) and a Master degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from University of Marseille (France).


Key publications: 

Wingfield, C., Su, L., Liu, X., Zhang, C., Woodland, P., Thwaites, A., Fonteneau, E. & Marslen-Wilson, W. (2017). Relating dynamic brain states to dynamic machine states: Human and machine solutions to the speech recognition problem. PLOS Computational Biology, 13(9): e1005617. PDF

Fonteneau, E., Bozic, M. & Marslen-Wilson, W. (2015). Brain network connectivity during language comprehension: interacting linguistic and perceptual subsystems. Cerebral Cortex, 25(10), 3962-3976. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhu283. PDF

Bozic, M., Fonteneau, E., Su, L. & Marslen-Wilson W. (2015). Grammatical analysis as a distributed neurobiological function. Human Brain Mapping, 36(3), 1190-1202, doi: 10.1002/hbm.22696. PDF

Thwaites, A., Nimmo-Smith, I., Fonteneau, E., Patterson, R., Buttery, P. & Marslen-Wilson, W. (2015). Tracking cortical entrainment in neural activity: Auditory processes in human temporal cortex. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 9(5). doi:10.3389/ fncom.2015.00005. PDF

Su, L., Zulfiqar, I., Jamshed, F., Fonteneau, E. & Marslen-Wilson, W. (2014). Mapping tonotopic organization in human temporal cortex: representational similarity analysis in EMEG source space. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 8:368. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2014.00368. PDF

Fonteneau, E. (2013). Structural syntactic prediction measured with ELAN: Evidence from ERPs. Neuroscience Letters, (534) 211-216. PDF

Su, L., Fonteneau, E., Marslen-Wilson, W. & Kriegeskorte, N. (2012). Spatiotemporal Searchlight Representational Similarity Analysis in EMEG Source Space. 2nd International Workshop on Pattern Recognition in NeuroImaging (PRNI 2012). PDF

Fonteneau, E., Bozic, M. & Marslen-Wilson W. (2011). Cortical oscillations underlying morphological processing: an MEG/EEG study. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: XI International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON XI). doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2011.207.00194. Details

Bozic, M., Fonteneau, E., Tyler, L.K., Devereux, B., Buttery, P. & Marslen-Wilson, W. (2011). Grammatical categories in the fronto-temporal language network. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: XI International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON XI). doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2011.207.00193. Details

Fonteneau, E. & van der Lely, H.K. (2008). Electrical brain responses in language-impaired children reveal grammar-specific deficits. PLoS ONE, 3(3):e1832. PDF

Fonteneau, E. & Marinis, T. (2008). ELAN reflecting animacy property manipulation: an ERP study with native speakers and late learners of English. Proceeding of the 10th International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience, Bodrum, Turkey. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, doi: 10.3389/conf.neuro.09.2009.01.246. Details

Davidoff, J., Fonteneau, E. & Goldstein, J. (2008). Cultural differences in perception: observations from a remote culture. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 8(3-4), 189-209. PDF

Davidoff, J., Fonteneau, E. & Fagot, J. (2008). Local and global processing: observations from a remote culture. Cognition, 108(3),702-709. PDF

Fonteneau, E. & Davidoff, J. (2007). Neural correlates of colour category perception. Neuroreport, 18(13), 1323-1327. PDF

Fonteneau, E., Palix, J. & Fauenfelder, U.H. (2003). Word frequency as a modulator of word class effect: an ERP study. Brain and Language, 86(3), 429.

Fonteneau, E., Palix, J. & Fauenfelder, U.H. (2001). Does the N280 reflect a word class distinction? Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (supplement), 125.

Khateb, A., Annoni, J-M., Landis, T., Pegna, A.J., Custodi, M.C., Fonteneau, E. , Morand, S.M. & Michel, C.M. (1999). Spatio-temporal analysis of electric brain activity during semantic and phonological word processing. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 32(3), 215-231. Details

Fonteneau, E., Frauenfelder, U.H. & Rizzi, L. (1998). On the contribution of ERPs to the study of language comprehension. Bulletin suisse de linguistique appliquée: Etudes en neurolinguistique, 68, 111-124.

Radeau, M., Besson, M., Fonteneau, E. & Castro, S-L. (1998). Semantic and rime between spoken words: Behavorial and electrophysiological evidence. Biological Psychology, 48(2), 183-204. Details

Research Associate
Dr Elisabeth  Fonteneau

Contact Details

Department of Psychology
University of Cambridge
Downing Street
Cambridge CB2 3EB
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