Thérèse Collins


Professor of cognitive science

in the Biomedical department of Paris Descartes University 

Member of the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception

Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


Short bio

Born in the UK, grew up in the UK, US and Canada

Studied psychology and neuroscience at Paris Descartes and Pierre et Marie Curie Universities in Paris, France

2007: PhD in cognitive psychology from Paris Descartes University, under the supervision of K. Doré-Mazars

2007-2009: Post-doc in Hamburg, Germany with B. Röder

2009-2015: Associate professor in cognitive science at Paris Descartes University

2015- Full professor in cognitive science at Paris Descartes University


Teaching and admin:

I teach in the Biomedical Department of Paris Descartes University

I am a member of the Conseil National des Universités (Psychology section)

I am involved in the Cogmaster program (Master de Sciences Cognitives, Université Paris Descartes - ENS - EHESS), in which I have two roles:

1) Co-director (with Franck Ramus)

2) Co-director of the cognitive psychology section (with Jerome Sackur)






Balp, R. P., Waszak, F. & Collins, T. (in press). Remapping versus visual short term memory in visual stability across saccades. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics.

Eymond, C., Cavanagh, P. & Collins, T. (in press). Feature-based attention across saccades: pop-out in color search is spatiotopic. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics.

Duyck, M., Wexler, M., Castet, E. & Collins, T. (2018). Motion masking by stationary objects: A study of simulated saccades. i-Perception, 9 (3).

Joosten, E.R.M. & Collins, T. (2018). Probing trans-saccadic correspondence using reverse correlation. Journal of Vision, 18 (10). doi:10.1167/18.3.10.

Paeye, C., Collins, T., Cavanagh, P. & Herwig, A. (2018). Calibration of peripheral perception of shape with and without saccadic eye movements". Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 80 (723).

Massendari, D., Lisi, M., Collins, T. & Cavanagh, C. (2018). Memory-guided saccades show effect of perceptual illusion whereas visually-guided saccades do not. Journal of Neurophysiology.PDF



Jacquet, P.O. & Collins, T. (2017). TMS over posterior parietal cortex disrupts trans-saccadic visual stability. Brain Stimulation.PDF

Maus, G. W., Duyck, M., Lisi, M., Collins, T., Whitney, D., & Cavanagh, P. (2017). Target displacements during eye blinks trigger automatic recalibration of gaze direction. Current Biology, 27(3), 445-450.PDF



Paeye, C., Collins, T. & Cavanagh, P. (2016). Trans-saccadic perceptual fusion. Journal of Vision.

Collins, T. (2016). The spatiotopic representation of visual objects across time. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. PDF

Duyck, M.,Collins, T., Wexler, M. (2016). Masking the saccadic smear. Journal of Vision, Vol.16, 1. doi:10.1167/16.10.1. PDF

Eymond, C., Cavanagh, P. & Collins, T. (2016). Feature-based attention across saccades and immediate post-saccadic selection. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 78 (5), 1293-1301. PDF

Krueger, H.M., Collins, T., Englitz, B. & Cavanagh, P. (2016). Saccades create similar mislocalizations in visual and auditory space. Journal of Neurophysiology,.

Alahyane, A., Lemoine-Lardennois, C., Tailhefer, C., Collins, T., Fagard, J. & Doré-Mazars, K. (2016). Development and learning of saccadic eye movements in 7-to 42-month-old children. Journal of Vision.



Malassis, R., Del Cul, A. & Collins, T. (2015). Corollary discharge failure in an oculomotor task is related to delusional ideation in healthy individuals. PLoS One, in press. PDF



Collins, T. (2014). Trade-off between spatiotopy and saccadic plasticity. Journal of Vision, 14(12):28. PDF

Wexler, M. & Collins, T. (2014). Orthogonal steps relieve saccadic suppression. Journal of Vision, 14(2):13, 1-9. PDF



Collins, T. (2012). Probability of seeing increases saccadic readiness. PLoS One, 7(11). PDF

Collins, T. & Wallman, J. (2012). The relative importance of retinal error and prediction in saccadic adaptation. Journal of Neurophysiology,107(12):3342-8.



Heed, T., Gründler, M., Rinklieb, J., Rudzik, F.H., Collins, T., Cooke, E. & O'Regan, J.K. (2011). Visual information and rubber hand embodiment differentially affect reach-to-grasp actions. Acta Psychologica, 138(1):263-71. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2011.07.003.

Lavergne, L., Vergilino-Perez, D., Lemoine, C., Collins, T. & Doré-Mazars, K. (2011). Exploring and targeting saccades dissociated by saccadic adaptation. Brain Research, 1415:47-55.



Collins, T. (2010). Extraretinal signal metrics in multiple-saccade sequences. Journal of Vision, 10(14). DOI: 10.1167/10.14.7 PDF

Nicolas, S., Collins, T., Gounen, Y. & Roediger, H. L. (2010). The influence of suggestibility on memory. Commentary on Binet, A. & Henri, V. (1894/2010). Natural suggestibility in children. Consciousness and Cognition, 20(2), 399-400.

Lavergne, L., Vergilino-Perez, D., Collins, T. & Doré-Mazars, K. (2010). Adaptation of within-object saccades can be induced by changing stimulus size. Experimental Brain Research, 203(4), 773-80

Collins, T., Heed, S. & Röder, B. (2010). Visual target selection and motor planning define attentional enhancement at perceptual processing stages. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5;4:14. full text

Collins, T., Heed, S. & Röder, B. (2010). Eye movement driven changes in the perception of auditory space. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 72(3), 736-746.



Collins, T., Heed, S., Doré-Mazars, K. & Röder, B. (2009). Presaccadic attention interferes with feature detection. Experimental Brain Research, 201(1):111-7.

Collins, T., Rolfs, M., Deubel, H. & Cavanagh, P. (2009). Post-saccadic location judgments reveal remapping of saccade targets to non-foveal locations. Journal of Vision, 9, 1-9. PDF

Collins, T. & Doré-Mazars, K. (2009). La plasticité de la transformation sensori-motrice dans le système visuel : l’adaptation saccadique. L'Année Psychologique, 109, 509-549.



Collins, T., Schicke, T. & Röder, B. (2008). Action goal selection and motor planning can be dissociated by tool use. Cognition, 109, 363-371. PDF

Lavergne, L., Vergilino-Perez, D., Collins, T., Orriols, E. & Doré-Mazars, K. (2008). The planning of a sequence of saccades in pro- and antisaccade tasks : Influence of visual integration time and concurrent motor processing. Brain Research, 1245, 82-95. PDF

Collins, T., Vergilino-Perez, D., Delisle, L. & Doré-Mazars, K. (2008). Visual versus motor vector inversions in the antisaccade task: A behavioral investigation with saccadic adaptation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 99, 2708-2718.

Collins, T., Semroud, A., Orriols, E. & Doré-Mazars, K. (2008). Saccade dynamics before, during and after saccadic adaptation in humans. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 49(2), 604-612.



Collins, T., Doré-Mazars, K. & Lappe, M. (2007). Motor space structures perceptual space: Evidence from human saccadic adaptation. Brain Research, 1172, 32-39. PDF

Collins, T., Vergilino-Perez, D., Beauvillain, C. & Doré-Mazars, K. (2007). Saccadic adaptation depends on object selection: evidence from between- and within-object saccadic eye movements. Brain Research, 1152, 95-105.



Doré-Mazars, K., Vergilino-Perez, D., Collins, T., Bohacova, K. & Beauvillain, C. (2006). The use of recurrent signals about adaptation for subsequent saccade programming depends on object structure. Brain Research, 1113, 153-162. PDF

Collins, T. & Doré-Mazars, K. (2006). Deux populations de refixations lors de la lecture de mots longs. L'Année Psychologique, 106, 5-22.

Collins, T. & Doré-Mazars, K. (2006). Eye movement signals influence perception: Evidence from the adaptation of reactive and volitional saccades. Vision Research, 46, 3659-3673.



Doré-Mazars, K. & Collins, T. (2005). Saccadic adaptation shifts the presaccadic attention shift. Experimental Brain Research, 162, 537-42. PDF

Vergilino-Perez, D., Collins, T., & Doré-Mazars, K. (2004). Decision and metrics of refixations in reading isolated words. Vision Research, 44, 2009-2017.



Current funding

- Institut Universitaire de France (2012-2017)

- Agence Nationale pour la Recherche: "Extraretinal Signals for Perception and Action" (2013-2016)

- European Research Council: "Predictive Position Coding" with Patrick Cavanagh (PI) (2013-2017)

- Agence Nationale pour la Recherche & Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: "Dynamics of oculomotor adaptation and its interaction with perception" (2015-2018)



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