After studying sports (éducation physique) at the ‘Université Catholique de Louvain’ (1990 – 1994), I got my PhD (Human skill learning studied with PET: The effect of training on the brain activity related to simple visuo/-motor tasks) in 2000 and then went back to teach sports in Luxembourg (1999 – 2002). Between 2002 and 2006 I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Face Categorization Lab, and I am currently an Associate - Professor at the newly founded University of Luxembourg.
My main current research interest concerns the neuronal substrate of face and object recognition. As a tool I use fMRI and sometimes behavioral studies to investigate face processing in normal adult volunteers, but also in prosopagnosic patients.
Some of the questions that I try to address are:
- ‘What is the exact role of the face sensitive neurons in the fusiform, the middle occipital and the superior temporal gyri when it comes to processing faces?’
- ‘How and in which order is the information on faces transmitted from the primary visual cortex to high level, non-retinotopic visual areas?’
Since my PhD was on the neuronal basis of visuo-motor learning in human adults, I also keep an interest in the changes induced by learning and expertise in the neuronal response to visual stimuli.
Schiltz, C., Dricot, L., Goebel, R., & Rossion, B. (2010). Holistic perception of individual faces in the right middle fusiform gyrus as evidenced by the composite face illusion. Journal of Vision, 10(2):25, 1-16. [PDF]
Dricot, L., Sorger, B., Schiltz, C., Goebel, R., Rossion, B. (2008). The roles of “face” and “non-face” areas during individual face perception: evidence by fMRI adaptation in a brain-damaged prosopagnosic patient. NeuroImage, 40, 318-332. [PDF]
Schiltz, C., Bodart, J-M., Michel, C., Crommelinck, M. (2001). A PET study of human skill learning: Changes in brain activity related to learning an orientation discrimination task. Cortex, 37, 243-265.
Schiltz, C., Bodart, J.M., Dubois, S., Dejardin, S., Michel, C., Roucoux, A., Crommelinck, M., Orban, G. (1999). Neuronal mechanisms of perceptual learning: Changes in human brain activity with training in orientation discrimination. Neuroimage, 9, 46-62.
Dubois, S., Rossion, B., Schiltz, C., Bodart, J.M., Michel, C., Bruyer, R., Crommelinck, M. (1999). Effect of familiarity on the processing of human faces. Neuroimage, 9, 278-289. [PDF]
Dejardin S, Dubois S, Bodart JM, Schiltz C, Michel C, Roucoux A and Crommelinck M.(1998). PET study of voluntary saccadic eye movements in darkness : effect of task repetition on the activation pattern.European Journal of Neuroscience 10 : 2328-2336.