"Everyone is talking about it, no one has seen it." One could almost sum up the paradox of attention in this way. This faculty that we agree to place at the heart of our executive functions. Protean, crossing spatial and temporal scales, and of which we sometimes forget that its resources are not unlimited, of which we still wonder about its links with consciousness, of which we are still struggling to forge a mathematical theory since influencial works of William James, attention is on everyone's lips.

Attention has a profound impact on perception, learning and decision making, hence on our performance in this densely connected and rapidly changing world. Attention can be lacking, from infancy to adulthood. It is also an object of desire and has aquired a high economic value. All these reasons push us to observe it, to manipulate it, to improve it, and therefore to understand it.

Whether one is interested in a particular neurological or psychiatric disorder, whether one is studying a particular cognitive process, the role of attention cannot be ignored. And all of these approaches shed light on attentional processes but are rarely confronted. For this one-day translational workshop, we wanted to make attention the main topic of discussion, and to do so, bring together the views of international experts, clinicians and researchers, with highly complementary perspectives. Pay attention to the program, it speaks for itself.

Welcoming participants

9h15 - 9h30

Introductory words

9h30 – 10h

A modern story of attention, David Roulier, Paris

10h – 10h30

Towards an education of attention, Jean-Philippe Lachaux, Lyon

30' Break
11h – 11h30

When attention is defective, Fabienne Collette, Liège

11h30 – 12h

The anatomy of attention, Paolo Bartolomeo, Paris

12h – 12h30

‘attentive together’ Consulting

14h00 – 14h30

Attention deficits in children and teenagers, Pierre Fourneret, Lyon

14h30 – 15h00

Non-pharmacological approaches in ADHD, Stéphanie Bioulac, Grenoble

15h00 – 15h30

Attention deficits in adults, Jérémie Pariente, Toulouse

30' Break
16h – 16h30

The neurophysiology of attention, Suliann Ben Hamed, Lyon

16h30 – 17h

Computational models of attention, Grace Lindsay (visio), New-York

17h – 17h30

Human-Robot interactions and Joint attention, Agnieszka Wykowska, Genova


Concluding words – ‘attentive together’ Consulting

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