My name is Jean-Paul Noel and I am currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Neural Science at New York University (NYU). I am working with Dr. Dora Angelaki. I am also part of the International Brain Lab (IBL).
Prior to NYU, I obtained my Ph.D. in Neuroscience (September 2018) at Vanderbilt University working with Dr. Mark Wallace at the Vanderbilt Brain Institute. Before my Ph.D., I was a Fulbright Scholar at the Swiss National Institute for Technology (EPFL), working with Dr. Olaf Blanke, and Dr. Andrea Serino.
In addition to Academia, I have had a short foray in Industry, interning at Oculus Research (now Facebook Reality Labs).
My research interests revolve around questions regarding perceptual awareness, multisensory integration, and bodily self-consciousness. In other words, I am interested in studying how the integration of different sensory channels leads to the perception of a coherent and cohesive sensory surrounding, and of the body within it. In order to tackle these questions, I employ psychophysics, virtual reality, neural network modeling, Bayesian causal inference modeling, electrophysiology (EEG and ECOG) and neurophysiology (single-unit recordings) techniques.
My work has been supported both by the National Science Foundation (NSF GRF) and the National Institutes of Health (NRSA). In 2016, I was awarded the Early Graduate Student Researcher of the Year by part of the American Psychological Association (APA).