Dr. Yannick Becker

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Main Focus

I study the evolution of language and tool-use, by conjointly analysing non-invasively the brain and behaviour of the same primate subjects. 

Principal interest: comparative -, evolutionary-, developmental- neuroscience; lateralisation; gestural communication; primates; neuroanatomy.

Curriculum Vitae

2022 – Present: Postdoctoral researcher

Fyssen Fellowship project: “The evolution of brain connectivity for language: Insights from lateralization, communicative gestures, vocalizations and tool-use in chimpanzee” "Evolution of Brain Connectivity" project (Together with the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)


2018-2022        PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience (supervisors: A. Meguerditchian & O. Coulon)
                           CNRS & Aix-Marseille University (FR), collaboration: E.Hecht, Harvard University (US)

2016-2018       MRes in Neuroscience
                          Aix-Marseille University (FR)

2016-2017       2nd Year BA Psychology
                         Jean Jaures University Toulouse (FR)

2013-2016       BSc « Sciences and Humanities »
                          Aix-Marseille University (FR) & Imperial College London (UK)

2022          Fyssen Foundation Personal Postdoctoral Fellowhip (two years funding)
2021          NeuroSchool 2021/2022 (six-month PhD extension)
2020          « Académie d’Excellence »  France, Travel grant (Harvard University)

2013          « Académie d’Excellence »  France, Personal grant for 1. year Bachelor's
2016          Erasmus+ (Imperial College and King’s College, London, UK)            


2023          PhD Prize of Aix-Marseille University
2022          James R. Hurford Award (Evolution of Language society)
2021          PhD Prize of the French Society for Primatology ("Prix Doctorant de la SFDP")

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