Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2020
    Full professor, University of Padua, Italy

  • 2009 – 2020
    Research scientist, CNRS, Paris, France

  • 2007 – 2009
    Post doc, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  • 2002 – 2007
    PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, SISSA, Trieste, Italy

  • 1998 – 2003
    MA in Theoretical Linguistics, University of Szeged, Hungary

  • 1996 – 2002
    MA in English Language & Literature, University of Szeged, Hungary

  • 1996 – 2002
    MA in French Language & Literature, University of Szeged, Hungary

  • 1997 – 2002
    Invisible College, Budapest, Hungary

Selected publications

  • de la Cruz Pavia, I., Marino, C., Gervain, J. 2021. “Learning Word Order: Early Beginnings”. Trends in Cognitive Science.

  • Gemignani, J., Gervain, J. 2021. “Comparing different pre-processing routines for infant fNIRS data”. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

  • Ortiz Barajas, M. C., Guevara, R., Gervain, J. 2021. “The origins and development of speech envelope tracking during the first months of life”. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 48: 100915.

  • de la Cruz Pavìa, I., Gervain, J. 2021. “Infants’ perception of repetition-based regularities in speech: A look from the perspective of the same/different distinction”. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 37: 125-132.

  • Cabrera, L., Gervain, J. 2020. “Speech perception at birth: the brain encodes fast and slow temporal information”. Science Advances. 6: 30, eaba7830.

  • Marino, C., Bernard, C., Gervain, J. 2020. “Word frequency is a cue to lexical category for 8-month-old infants”. Current Biology. 30, 1380–1386.

  • ManyBabies Consortium. 2020. “Quantifying sources of variability in infancy research using the infant-directed speech preference.” Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. 3(1), 24–52.

  • Gervain, J., Geffen, M. N. 2019. “Efficient Neural Coding in Auditory and Speech Perception”. Trends in Neurosciences, 42:1, 56-65.

  • Gervain, J. 2018. “The role of prenatal experience in language development”. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 21: 62-67.

  • May, L., Gervain, J., Carreiras, M., Werker, J.F. 2018. “The specificity of the neural response to speech at birth”. Developmental Science. 21(3): e12564.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • ECOS-Sud French-Chilean Mobility Grant (12 000€; co-PI), 2021 – 2023

  • Japanese National Science Foundation Grant (PI: Reiko Mazuka), 2020 – 2025

  • ERC Consolidator Grant “BabyRhythm” (1.64M €; PI), 2018 – 2023

  • ANF-DFG French-German grant (PI: Olivier Pascalis & Gudrun Schwarzer), 2017 – 2020

  • ANR “Croissant” grant (PI: Nicolas Quint), 2017 – 2020

  • ANR “Speech Code” grant (230 000€; PI), 2015 – 2018

  • Marie Curie ITN (3.8M €; coordinator: Barbara Höhle), 2014 – 2018

  • HFSP Young Investigator Grant (750 000 USD; co-PI), 2014 – 2018

  • Programme “Emergence(s)”, City of Paris (220 000€; PI), 2012 – 2015

  • ANR “Jeunes Chercheurs” grant (120 224€; PI), 2011 – 2014

  • ANR-DFG French-German grant “CrossMod” (PI: Olivier Pascalis & Gudrun Schwarzer), 2011 – 2014

  • Fyssen Foundation Startup grant (35 750€; PI), 2011

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member, Board of Directors, International Society for functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, since 2016

  • Member of the ethics committee CERES, Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France, 2012 – 2020

  • Deputy director, Institute of Neuroscience & Cognition, Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France, 2014 – 2020

  • Comité National du CNRS (central science board of the CNRS), 2012 – 2016

Editorial activities

  • Section editor, Cognition, since 2021

  • Special issue guest editor, TopiCS, 2020

  • Special issue guest editor, Cognition, 2020

  • Associate editor, Neurophotonics, since 2016

  • Associate editor, Developmental Science, since 2014

  • Associate editor, Frontiers in Psychology (Language Sciences), since 2010

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