Cognitive Neuro-Ethologie of Cephalopods (NECC)

The team NECC (Cognitive NeuroEthology of Cephalopods) aims to study the cognitive and brain architectures of Cephalopods, mainly cuttlefish, from embryos to adults. Learning and memory, sensorimotor and cognitive processes are studied at an integrative level using ecologically relevant stimuli and situations. Research are particularly focused on prey-predator interactions and use of space in both laboratory and field conditions.
Seiche, céphalopode, cuttlefish

Research of the NECC team (Cognitive NeuroEthology of Cephalopods) aims at better understanding in the cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) of how complex behaviors are possible with their molluscan brain.
One of our goals is to understand to what extent their sophisticated behavioral and neural architecture is linked with their specific environment of life. The disciplinary fields of NECC go from cognitive ethology to neurosciences, with extents in sensory ecology and ecotoxicology. At an international level, NECC is the biggest team on neuroethology of cephalopods, with unique facilities and competencies.