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Dr Elisabeth Fonteneau

Dr Elisabeth Fonteneau

Research Associate

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


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