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Associate Professor
Office: E322 (3rd floor)
Tel. : +33 5 62 74 61 86

Research topics

  • Neuro-biomechanical study of the mechanisms of muscle activity control.
  • Investigation of synchronization processes between electrophysiological signals by coherence.
  • Biomechanical modeling for muscle forces and joint moments estimation.
  • Control mechanisms of multi-muscle coordination and of human posture.

  The primary aspect of my research work is the study of central nervous mechanisms of agonist and antagonist muscle activity control during voluntary and involuntary contractions in humans.

  This work is based on the analysis of the link between the central nervous commands, the muscles activity and the muscle's mechanical action. The study of these mechanisms in different populations can include investigating the effects of the level of antagonist muscles activity on the modulation of central nervous commands. Experimental tasks include anisometric (i.e., concentric or eccentric) and isometric voluntary contractions, and involuntary contractions of antagonist or homologous muscles. The influence of the contraction type (i.e., discrete, rhythmic ...) as well as the force level of force is also investigated.

  These projects involve experimental techniques, modeling and processing of electrophysiological signals at the border of neuroscience and biomechanics, including especially cortico-muscular coherence and musculoskeletal modeling.


PhD supervisions

  • 2016 - … : Tisseyre, J. (En cours). A Longitudinal study of the links between attention and synkinesesin brain-injured patients. PhD thesis of Université de Toulouse (UT3 Paul Sabatier), Toulouse, France. Codir.: Jessica Tallet.
  • 2014 - …: Charissou, C. (In progress). Neuro-biomechanical study of the central mechanisms underlying the control of prehension. PhD thesis of Aix-Marseille Université, Marseilles, France. Co-examiner; Codirs.: Eric Berton et Laurent Vigouroux.
  • 2011 - …: Gasq, D. (11-12-2015). Time-frequency analysis of postural sway in neurological patients. PhD thesis of Université de Toulouse (UT3 Paul Sabatier), Toulouse, France. Codir.: Pier-Giorgio Zanone.
  • 2010 - 2013: Cremoux, S. (2-12-2013). Control of voluntary muscle contraction after a spinal cord injury: neuro-biomechanical study of the reorganization of muscular and cortical activations. PhD thesis of Aix-Marseille Université, Marseilles, France. Codir.: Eric Berton.
  • 2008 - 2012: Dal Maso, F. (20-09-2012). Involvement of primary motor cortex in the regulation of antagonist muscle coactivation. Study of the alteration of cortical oscillations and corticomuscular interactions. PhD thesis of Université de Toulouse (UT3 Paul Sabatier), Toulouse, France. Codir.: Marieke Longcamp.
  • 2003 - 2006: Rao, G. (17-11-2006). Biomechanics of motor coordination: Modelling and analysis in response to internal or external perturbation. PhD thesis of Université de la Méditerranée (Aix-Marseille II), Marseilles, France (2006 PhD prize of Université de la Méditerranée). Codir.: Eric Berton.

Last updated July 13, 2017

Recent publications

  • Daviaux, Y., Cremoux, S., Tallet, J., Amarantini, D., Cornu, C., Deschamps, T. (2016). I can't reach it! Focus on theta sensorimotor rhythm toward a better understanding of impaired action-perception coupling. Neuroscience, 339, 32-46.
  • Barrué-Belou, S., Amarantini, D., Marque, P., Duclay, J. (2016). Neural adaptations to submaximal isokinetic eccentric strength training. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 116(5), 1021-1030.
  • Charissou, C., Vigouroux, L., Berton, E., Amarantini, D. (2016). Fatigue- and training-related changes in ‘beta’ intermuscular interactions between agonist muscles. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 27, 52-59.
  • Daviaux, Y., Cremoux, S., Tallet, J., Amarantini, D., Cornu, C., Deschamps, T. (2016). An enhanced experimental procedure to rationalize on the impairment of perception of action capabilities. Psychological Research, 80(2), 224-234.
  • Cremoux, S., Amarantini, D., Tallet, J., Dal Maso, F., Berton, E. (2016). Increased antagonist muscle activity in cervical SCI patients suggests altered reciprocal inhibition during elbow contractions. Clinical Neurophysiology, 127(1), 629-634.
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PhD thesis

David Amarantini (7-07-2003). Estimation of muscular moments from measured peripherical data: application to the analysis of pluri-articular coordination.
PhD thesis of Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1, Grenoble, France. Dir.: Luc Martin.

Unité ToNIC, UMR 1214, CHU PURPAN - Pavillon BAUDOT, Place du Dr Joseph Baylac - 31024 TOULOUSE CEDEX 3
Inserm University of Toulouse Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier