Stéphanie Caharel

I am currently an assistant professor at the University of Nancy (France).


Research Interests

My main research interest is in understanding the neural mechanism underlying face recognition by means of event-related potentials (ERPs). This method is used to investigate non-invasively the time course of face processing in the human brain in real time. In particular, I focus my research on the face-sensitive N170 component, which can be used as a tool to study the brain mechanisms involved in processing faces.

I have two main research interests. The first is to understand how and when familiar and personally familiar faces are processed, and the nature of their representation in memory. The second is in clarifying the neuro-functional aspects of face processing in prosopagnosic patients using ERPs.



Caharel, S., Jacques, C., d'Arripe, O., Ramon, M., & Rossion, B. (in press). Early electrophysiological correlates of adaptation to personally familiar and unfamiliar faces across viewpoint changes. Brain Research.

Ramon, M., Caharel, S., & Rossion, B. (2011). The speed of personally familiar face recognition. Perception, 40, 437-449. [PDF]

Caharel, S., d'Arripe, O., Ramon, M., Jacques, C., Rossion, B. (2009). Early adaptation to unfamiliar faces across viewpoint changes in the right hemisphere: evidence from the N170 ERP component. Neuropsychologia, 47, 639-643. [PDF]

Caharel, S., Jiang, F., Blanz, V., Rossion, B. (2009). Recognizing an individual face: 3D shape contributes earlier than 2D surface reflectance information. NeuroImage, 47, 1809-1818. [PDF]

Caharel, S., Bernard, C., Thibaut, F., Haouzir, S., Di Maggio-Clozel, C., Allio, G., Fouldrin, G., Petit, M., Lalonde, R., &  Rebaï, M. (2007). The effects of familiarity and emotional expression on face processing based on ERPs in patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 95, 186-196.

Caharel, S., Bernard, C., Lalonde, R., Fiori, N., & Rebaï, M. (2006). The effects of inversion and eye displacements of familiar and unknown faces on early and late-stage ERPs. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 62, 141-151.

Caharel, S., Courtay, N., Bernard, C., Lalonde, R., & Rebaï, M. (2005). Familiarity and emotional expression influence an early stage of face processing: An electrophysiological study. Brain & Cognition, 59, 96-100.

Caharel, S., Bernard, C., Lalonde, R., & Rebaï, M. (2003). Electrophysiological and behavioral analyses of cognitive processing implicated in the familiarity and emotional expression of faces. Perception, 32 supplement, 174-175.

Caharel, S., Poiroux, S., Bernard, C., Thibaut, F., Lalonde, R., & Rebaï, M. (2002). ERPs associated with familiarity and degree of familiarity during face recognition. International Journal of Neuroscience, 112, 1499-1512.