Damien MARIE

Damien Marie




+41 22 388 56 13



damien.marie@unige.ch / @hesge.ch



• Faculté de Psychologie et des Sciences de l’Education de l’Université de Genève 

• Institut de Recherche de la HeDS de Genève

• Brain and Language Lab


Date of Birth:

January 4th, 1986

Brain and Language Lab | Geneva
Campus Biotech | Geneva
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Hello! I'm Damien.


I am a post-doctoral researcher working in the field of cognitive neuroscience at the Research Institute of Geneva's School of Health Sciences and the Brain and Language Lab in Geneva (FPSE, University of Geneva). I use non invasive magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate brain networks and anatomy. My research mainly focuses on auditory cortex anatomy, function and relationships with language abilities and disorders in humans, but also language evolution in primates. I am also pursuing a more applied research line that aims to design and test interventions based on music training to countervail cognitive decline in elderly, patients, or stimulate development/clinical rehabilitation in youth.




Research Institute of Geneva's School of Health Sciences

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Geneva

Advisor: Pr. C. James

Train the Brain with Music project : brain plasticity and cognitive benefits induced by musical practice in elderly people in Germany and Switzerland

(f)MRI design/acquisition/analyses, behavioral experiment implementation, supervision of MSc students, project and data server management


Brain and Language Lab, University of Geneva

Advisor: Pr. N. Golestani

2 projects : anatomo-behavioral relationships in 1.5 T MRI (N=100) and 7T quantitative MRI (N=26)

Quantitative 7T MRI acquisition, pre-processing, MRI morphometry, behavioral assessment



Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive UMR7290 CNRS Aix-Marseille University

Advisor: Dr A. Meguerditchian

LangPrimate project (“Compared Cognition” team): aiming at assessing human language homolog areas in the baboon brain, and their relationships with gesture, in a comparative framework with humans

MRI acquisition/management/pre-processing, planum temporale tracing, template computation



Groupe d'Imagerie Neurofonctionelle (GIN) UMR5296 CNRS CEA University of Bordeaux

Advisor: Pr. Tzourio-Mazoyer

A short post-doctoral stay to finish a project on structural correlates of Heschl's gyrus duplication

Vertex-wise group analyses of cortical thickness/surface area between anatomical patterns of Heschl’s gyrus (duplication/single) & manuscript writing



GIN UMR5296 CNRS CEA University of Bordeaux

Advisor: Pr. Tzourio-Mazoyer

Project: anatomical variability of Heschl’s gyrus anatomy (duplication/single) in relation with anatomical variability of the brain, and with speech listening processing.

MRI anatomical pre-processing, MRI morphometry (ROI-, voxel- or surface-based), fMRI first- and second-level analysis, statistical analysis



GIN UMR5296 CNRS CEA University of Bordeaux

Advisor: Pr. Tzourio-Mazoyer

Pilot fMRI study, literature review on Heschl’s gyrus and language, individual delineation of Heschl’s gyrus using FreeSurfer, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation



University of Bordeaux, highest honors

Advisor: Pr. N. Tzourio-Mazoyer, Groupe d’Imagerie Neurofonctionelle UMR5296 CNRS CEA U. Bordeaux

Dissertation title: “Heschl’s gyrus anatomy and hemispheric specialization, study of the BIL&GIN database including 430 healthy volunteers”



University of Normandy Caen, rank: 1/30

Advisor: Pr. N. Tzourio-Mazoyer, GINLANG, UMR CINAPS, CEA CNRS University of Caen, Normandy

Dissertations: “Primary auditory area & Heschl’s gyrus anatomical variability, functional and behavioral relationships” & “Descriptive anatomy of Heschl’s gyrus, relationships with handedness, gender and familial sinistrality in 588 participants”


Worschech F, Marie D, Jünemann K, Sinke C, Krüger THC, Großbach M, Scholz DS, Abdili L, Kliegel M, James CE and Altenmüller E (2021) Improved Speech in Noise Perception in the Elderly After 6 Months of Musical Instruction. Front. Neurosci. 15:696240. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2021.696240

James CE, Altenmüller E, Kliegel M, Krüger THC, Van De Ville D, Worschech F, Abdili L, Scholz DS, Jünemann K, Hering A, Grouiller F, Sinke C, Marie D (2020) Train the brain with music (TBM): brain plasticity and cognitive benefits induced by musical training in elderly people in Germany and Switzerland, a study protocol for an RCT comparing musical instrumental practice to sensitization to music. BMC Geriatrics 20. doi:10.1186/s12877-020-01761-y 


Meguerditchian A, Marie D, Margiotoudi K , Roth M, Nazarian B, Anton J-L, Claidière N (2020) Baboons (Papio anubis) living in larger social groups have bigger brains. Evol Hum Behav (in press). doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2020.06.010

Margiotoudi K, Marie D, Claidière N, Coulon O, Roth M, Nazarian B, Lacoste R, Hopkins WD, Molesti S, Fresnais P, Anton J-L, Meguerditchian A (2019) Handedness in monkeys reflects hemispheric specialization within the central sulcus. An in vivo MRI study in right- versus left-handed baboons (Papio anubis). Cortex 18:203-211. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2019.01.001

Marie D, Roth M, Lacoste R, Nazarian B, Bertello A, Anton J-L, Hopkins WD, Margiotoudi K, Love SA, Meguerditchian A (2017) Asymmetry of the Planum Temporale in a Nonhominid Primate: Redefining the Origin of Brain Specialization for Language. Cerebral Cortex:1-8. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhx096


Marie D, Golestani N (2016) Brain structural imaging of receptive speech and beyond: a review of current methods. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience:1-21. doi:10.1080/23273798.2016.1250926 


Marie D, Love SA, Roth M, Lacoste R, Nazarian B, Bertello A, Coulon O, Anton JL, Meguerditchian A (2016) The average baboon brain: MRI templates and tissue probability maps from 89 individuals. Neuroimage 132:526-533. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.03.018 . First co-authorship shared with S. A. Love. 

Marie D, Maingault S, Crivello F, Mazoyer B, Tzourio-Mazoyer N (2016) Surface-Based Morphometry of Cortical Thickness and Surface Area Associated with Heschl's Gyri Duplications in 430 Healthy Volunteers. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2016.00069


Tzourio-Mazoyer N, Marie D, Zago L, Jobard G, Perchey G, Leroux G, Mellet E, Joliot M, Crivello F, Petit L, Mazoyer B (2015) Heschl's gyrification pattern is related to speech-listening hemispheric lateralization: FMRI investigation in 281 healthy volunteers. Brain Struct Funct 220 (3):1585-1599. doi:10.1007/s00429-014-0746-4


Marie D, Jobard G, Crivello F, Perchey G, Petit L, Mellet E, Joliot M, Zago L, Mazoyer B, Tzourio-Mazoyer N (2015) Descriptive anatomy of Heschl's gyri in 430 healthy volunteers, including 198 left-handers. Brain Struct Funct 220 (2):729-743. doi:10.1007/s00429-013-0680-x

Tzourio-Mazoyer N, Joliot M, Marie D, Mazoyer B (2015) Variation in homotopic areas' activity and inter-hemispheric intrinsic connectivity with type of language lateralization: an FMRI study of covert sentence generation in 297 healthy volunteers. Brain Struct Funct. doi:10.1007/s00429-015-1068-x




Marie D, Rutten S, Marques J P, Golestani N. Auditory cortex myelin abnormalities in dyslexia and reading performance. Alpine Brain Meeting, Champéry, January 2018

Marie D, Rutten S, Price C J, Golestani N. Relationships between dyslexia, gyrification of Heschl’s gyrus and spelling performance. 22th Annual Meeting of Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Vancouver, June 2017

Marie D, Price C J, Golestani N. Brain structural correlates of dyslexia. Apine Brain Meeting, Champéry, January 2017


Marie D, Price C J, Golestani N. Brain structural correlates of dyslexia. Swiss Society for Neuroscience, Basel, January 2017


Marie D, Price C J, Golestani N. Relationships between brain structure, dyslexia and reading performances. Alpine Brain Meeting, Champéry, January 2016


Marie D, Margiotoudi K, Coulon O, Roth M, Lacoste R, Nazarian B, Bertello A, Anton JL, Hopkins WD6,7,8, Love SA1,2,3, Meguerditchian A1,2. Brain asymmetries of two language-related homolog areas in baboon structural MRI . 21th Annual Meeting of Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Geneva, June 2016


Marie, D, Maingault, S, Crivello, F., Jobard G, Zago L, Petit L, Mellet E, Joliot M, Mazoyer B, Tzourio-Mazoyer N. Cortical surface area and thickness variations with Heschl’s gyri duplication in 430 healthy subjects. 20th Annual Meeting of Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Hamburg, June 2014


Marie D, Zago L, Jobard G, Perchey G, Leroux G, Mellet E, Joliot M, Petit L, Mazoyer B, Tzourio-Mazoyer N. Heschl’s gyrification pattern, lateralization during speech listening, and handedness. 20th Annual Meeting of OHBM in Hamburg, June 2014


Marie D, Jobard G, Leroux G, Crivello F, Petit L, Joliot M, Mellet E, Zago L, Mazoyer B, Tzourio-Mazoyer N. Heschl’s gyri anatomy and handedness interact on the lateralization of speech listening. 19th Annual Meeting of OHBM in Seattle, June 2013


Marie D, Hervé PY, Petit L, Crivello F, Jobard G, Zago L, Mellet E, Mazoyer B, Tzourio-Mazoyer N (2012). Morphology and surface area of of Heschl’s gyri in 232 right-handers and 198 left-handers. 19th Annual Meeting of OHBM in Beijing, June 2012




Marie D, Rutten S, Golestani N. Brain microtructural correlates of Dyslexia using 7T MRI. 2nd edition of the language and communication network. University of Geneva. September 2017


Brain structural correlates of Dyslexia using 1.5T MRI. 1st edition of the language and communication network. University of Geneva. September 2017


Anatomy of the Supratemporal Areas in Humans and Baboons, and Hemispheric Specialization for Language using MRI. Joint lab meeting. Campus Biotech, Geneva. April 2016.


The language-like Left Brain Asymmetry of the Planum Temporale in 96 Baboons. 6th European Federation for Primatology Meeting, XXII Italian Association of Primatology Congress Roma, Italy, August 2015. See abstract here: https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/435825


On the Origin of Hemispheric Specialization for Language: Anatomical Variability of Perisylvian Areas in Humans and Baboons. 8th annual fMRI Workshop, Marseille, June 2015


Relationships between Gesture Laterality & Anatomical Asymmetry of a Key Region for Language in Papio anubis. LPC Workshop, Carry-le-Rouet, September 2014


Heschl’s Gyrus & Hemispheric Specialization for Language in Humans. LangPrimate Seminar, Rousset, May 2014


Anatomo-functional Imaging of Heschl’s Gyri & Speech listening. Translational Research and Advanced Imaging Laboratory Assembly Excellence label, June 2011




Psychoaccoustics, peripheral and central auditory system. Auditory Neuroscience Course of Pr. Golestani, Lemanic Doctoral School. 2016-2018

MOOC «Neurosciences G3: audition, langage et musique ». Université libre de Bruxelles, de l’Université de Genève et de l’Université de Montréal. Module 2, section 4: 1. Le rôle du cortex dans le traitement de la parole. 2 Morphologie du Cortex Auditif, Relations avec la Fonction, les Performances, et la Génétique. 2017

Neuroimaging methods, auditory system, hemispheric specialization for language. Master in Bioimaging. University of Bordeaux. 2012-2014