Aliette Lochy

   Postdoctoral Researcher (2012-


University of Louvain (UCL)
Institute of research in Psychology (IPSY)  
Institute of Neuroscience (IoNS)
10, Place du Cardinal Mercier
1348 Louvain-La-Neuve \ Belgium

Tel : +32 10 47 42 54
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Research Interests

My interest for cognitive neuropsychology rose in the field of symbolic system processing (numbers and language) and evolved to that of learning and experience-driven plasticity. At the moment my main research objective is to understand how learning impacts both efficiency of processing and representation in the brain. In this general context I will examine what are the factors affecting memory for faces throughout the lifespan (behavior, fMRI experiments) and following brain damage. I will also study the consequences of developing expertise in one visual domain like reading onto another one like face processing, both in natural settings (acquisition of literacy) and in training paradigms. Neural competition between faces and words will also be studied through various methods (Behavior, EEG).



Lochy, A., Zimmermann, F., Laguesse, R., Willenbockel, V., Rossion, B., Vuong, Q. (in press). Does extensive training at individuating novel objects in adulthood lead to visual expertise? The role of facelikenes. Journal of Cognitive NeurosciencePDF

Lochy, A., de Heering, A., Rossion, B. (in press). The non-linear development of the right hemispheric specialization for human face perception, NeuropsychologiaPDF

Lochy, A., Van Reybroeck, M., Rossion, B. (2016). Left cortical specialization for visual letter strings predicts rudimentary knowledge of letter-sound association in preschoolers. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 113, 8544-8549. [PDF]

Lochy, A., Van Belle, G., & Rossion, B. (2015). A robust index of lexical representation in the left occipito-temporal cortex as evidenced by EEG responses to fast periodic visual stimulation. Neuropsychologia, 66, 18-31. [PDF]

Patel, A., Wong, M., Foxton, J., Lochy, A. & Peretz, I. (2008) Speech intonation perception deficits in musical tone deafness (congenital amusia). Music Perception , vol. 25, pp. 357-368

Lidji, P., Kolinsky, R., Lochy, A. & Morais, J. (2007) Spatial Associations for Musical Stimuli : A Piano in the Head? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and performance . 33 (5), 1189-1207.

Domahs, F., Bartha, L, Lochy, A., Benke, T. & Delazer, M., (2006). Numerals are special : semantic dissociation within the lexical system. .Journal of Neurolinguistics, 19, 1-37.

de Partz, M-P., Lochy, A., & Pillon, A. (2005). Multiple Levels of Letter Representation in Written Spelling: Evidence from a Single Case of Dysgraphia with Multiple Deficits. Behavioural Neurology, 16(2,3), 119-137.

Delazer, M., Domahs, F., Lochy, A., Karner, E., & Benke, T. (2004). Number Processing and basal ganglia dysfunction: A single case study. Neuropsychologia, 42(8):1050-62.

Domahs, F.,  Lochy, A., Eibl G., & Delazer, M. (2004). Adding color to multiplication: rehabilitation of arithmetic fact retrieval in a case of traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 14(3), 303-328.

Kaufmann L., Lochy A., Drexler A. & Semenza, C. (2004) Deficient arithmetic fact retrieval—storage or access problem?: A case study. Neuropsychologia, Volume 42, Issue 4, 2004, 482-496.

Lochy, A., Domahs, F., Bartha, L., & Delazer, M. (2004). Specific order impairment in Arabic numbers writing: A case-study. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 21(5), 555-575.

 Delazer M., Domahs F., Bartha L., Lochy A., Trieb T., Benke T. (2003). Learning complex arithmetic - a fMRI study. Cognitive Brain Research, 18, 76-88

Granà A., Lochy A., Girelli L., Seron X., Semenza C. (2003). Transcoding zeros within complex numerals.  Neuropsychologia, 41, 1611-1618.

Lochy, A., Zoppoth, S., Domahs, F., & Delazer, M. (2003). Peripheral processes in writing : Why are numbers so often preserved? A comparative study of letters vs. digits kinematics. Le language et l’homme, 28(2), 25-46.

Lochy, A., Pillon, A., Zesiger, P. , & Seron, X. (2002). Verbal structure of numerals and digits handwriting: New evidence from kinematics. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology:A, 55A, 263-288.

Delazer, M., Lochy, A., Jenner, C., Domahs, F.  , & Benke, Th. (2002).  When writing 0 [zero] is easier than writing O [o] – A neuropsychological case study of agraphia.  Neuropsychologia, 40, 2167-2177.

Lochy, A., Seron, X., & Zesiger, P. (2001).  Motor complexity of Arabic digits : A descriptive study through a new kinematic approach. Current Psychology of Cognition, 20 (1-2), 19-36.

Seron, X. & Lochy, A. (2001).  L’évaluation en neuropsychologie. Psychologie Française, 46, 203-220.

Lochy, A., Seron, X. , Delazer, M. , & Butterworth, B. (2000) The odd-even effect in product verification :  parity rule or evenness familiarity ?  Memory and Cognition, 28 (3), 358-365.



Lochy, A. & Censabella S. (2005). Le système symbolique arabe: acquisition, évaluation et pistes rééducatives, in MP. Noel (Ed.). La dyscalculie : trouble du développement numérique de l´enfant (pp 77-104). Solal, Marseille.

Lochy, A., Domahs, F., & Delazer, M. (2005). Rehabilitation of acquired calculation and number processing disorders. In J.I.D. Campbell (Ed.)., Handbook of Mathematical Cognition (pp. 469-486). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Seron, X. & Lochy, A. (2001). La neuropsychologie des troubles du calcul.  In A. Van Hout and C. Meljac (Eds.) Troubles du calcul et dyscalculies chez l’enfant, Ch3 (pp 53-75), Masson, Paris.