Dr Crottaz-Herbette Sonia

Group leader


Privat-docent and maître d’enseignement et de recherche at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine in Lausanne.

As group leader at the Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation Clinic at the University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland, Sonia Crottaz-Herbette carries out research on the plasticity of the attentional and executive systems, both in normal subjects and in patients, who sustained brain-damage.


Post-doc at the Stanford University, Medical School Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience Lab

PhD in Neurosciences, University of Paris Pierre et Marie Curie and in Psychology, University of Geneva

Research interests
  • Brain plasticity, Stroke lesions, Visual neglect, Prismatic adaptation
  • Functional MRI, DSI, Resting state fMRI, EEG
  • Virtual reality in cognitive neurorehabilitation
Current collaborators on my projects

Pia De Stefano, Doctoral MD student, Faculty of Biology and Medecine, Lausanne University

Manon Durand-Ruel, EPFL Life sciences, Master student, trainee

Mona Elamly, Master student, Faculty of Biology and Medecine, Lausanne University

Louis Gudmundsson, Doctoral MD student, Faculty of Biology and Medecine, Lausanne University

Sara Lourenço Pereira, Master student, Faculty of Biology and Medecine, Lausanne University

Melissa Pochon, Master student, Faculty of Biology and Medecine, Lausanne University

Isabel Tissières, PhD student Lemanic Neuroscience doctoral school

Stephanie Clarke, Professor, Head of the Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation Clinic Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois

Awards and Grants
  • Biaggi Foundation, Lausanne, 2016-2018
  • Biaggi Foundation, Lausanne, 2012-2013
  • Marie Heim-Vogtlin Fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation, 2010-2012
  • University of California San Francisco, UCSF, Clinical research award Pain Day 2005.
  • Stanford University Research Award Department of Anesthesia, 2005.
  • Swiss National Science Foundation, Fellowship for young researcher, 2001
  • Medical Research Foundation Fellowship, Paris, 2000
  • Research Fellowship, Graduate School of the Faculty of Psychology, Geneva, 1997-2000
Gudmundsson, L., Vohryzek, J., Fornari, E., Clarke, S., Hagmann, P., & Crottaz-Herbette, S. (2020). A brief exposure to rightward prismatic adaptation changes resting-state network characteristics of the ventral attentional system. PloS One, 15(6), e0234382. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0234382
Farron, N., Clarke, S., & Crottaz-Herbette, S. (2022). Does hand modulate the reshaping of the attentional system during rightward prism adaptation? An fMRI study. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 909815. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.909815
Wilf, M., Serino, A., Clarke, S., & Crottaz-Herbette, S. (2019). Prism adaptation enhances decoupling between the default mode network and the attentional networks. NeuroImage, 200, 210–220. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.06.050
Clarke, S., Farron, N., & Crottaz-Herbette, S. (2022). Choosing Sides: Impact of Prismatic Adaptation on the Lateralization of the Attentional System. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 909686. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.909686
Beaud, V., Crottaz-Herbette, S., Dunet, V., Knebel, J.-F., Bart, P.-A., & Clarke, S. (In revision). COVID-19-related fatigue: cognitive profiles and multidomain complaints at 12 months follow-up. Journal of Medical Case Reports.
Beaud, V., Farron, N., Fornari, E., Dunet, V., Crottaz-Herbette, S., & Clarke, S. (Submitted). Disruption of neural recruitment in severe COVID-19: fMRI Stroop paradigm in patients without brain damage. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.
Beaud, V., Crottaz-Herbette, S., Dunet, V., Vaucher, J., Bernard-Valnet, R., Du Pasquier, R., Bart, P.-A., & Clarke, S. (2021). Pattern of cognitive deficits in severe COVID-19. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 92(5), 567–568. https://doi.org/10.1136/jnnp-2020-325173
Wilf, M., Dupuis, C., Nardo, D., Huber, D., Sander, S., Al-Kaar, J., Haroud, M., Perrin, H., Fornari, E., Crottaz-Herbette, S., & Serino, A. (2023). Virtual reality-based sensorimotor adaptation shapes subsequent spontaneous and naturalistic stimulus-driven brain activity. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 33(9), 5163–5180. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhac407
Wilf, M., Cerra Cheraka, M., Jeanneret, M., Ott, R., Perrin, H., Crottaz-Herbette, S., & Serino, A. (2021). Combined virtual reality and haptic robotics induce space and movement invariant sensorimotor adaptation. Neuropsychologia, 150, 107692. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2020.107692
Tzabazis, A. Z., Klukinov, M., Crottaz-Herbette, S., Nemenov, M. I., Angst, M. S., & Yeomans, D. C. (2011). Selective nociceptor activation in volunteers by infrared diode laser. Molecular Pain, 7, 18. https://doi.org/10.1186/1744-8069-7-18
Srivastava, G., Crottaz-Herbette, S., Lau, K. M., Glover, G. H., & Menon, V. (2005). ICA-based procedures for removing ballistocardiogram artifacts from EEG data acquired in the MRI scanner. NeuroImage, 24(1), 50–60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2004.09.041
Ragot, R., & Crottaz, S. (1998). A dual mechanism for sound pitch perception: new evidence from brain electrophysiology. Neuroreport, 9(14), 3123–3127.
Menon, V., & Crottaz-Herbette, S. (2005). Combined EEG and fMRI studies of human brain function. International Review of Neurobiology, 66, 291–321. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0074-7742(05)66010-2
Crottaz-Herbette, S. (2001). Attention spatiale auditive et visuelle chez des patients héminégligents et des sujets normaux: Etude clinique, comportementale et électrophysiologique. Université de Genève et Université de Paris VI.
Crottaz-Herbette, S., & Ragot, R. (2000). Perception of complex sounds: N1 latency codes pitch and topography codes spectra. Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, 111(10), 1759–1766.
Crottaz-Herbette, S., & Menon, V. (2006). Where and when the anterior cingulate cortex modulates attentional response: combined fMRI and ERP evidence. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18(5), 766–780. https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn.2006.18.5.766
Chang, C., Crottaz-Herbette, S., & Menon, V. (2007). Temporal dynamics of basal ganglia response and connectivity during verbal working memory. NeuroImage, 34(3), 1253–1269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2006.08.056
Anken, J., Knebel, J.-F., Crottaz-Herbette, S., Matusz, P. J., Lefebvre, J., & Murray, M. M. (2016). Cue-dependent circuits for illusory contours in humans. NeuroImage, 129, 335–344. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.01.052
Tissieres, I., Fornari, E., Clarke, S., & Crottaz-Herbette, S. (2018). Supramodal effect of rightward prismatic adaptation on spatial representations within the ventral attentional system. Brain Structure & Function, 223(3), 1459–1471. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00429-017-1572-2
Tissières, I., Fornari, E., Clarke, S., & Crottaz-Herbette, S. (2016). Modulation of the auditory and visual space representation by prismatic adaptation. Conference Organization Humain Brain Mapping, Geneva.
Tissieres, I., Elamly, M., Clarke, S., & Crottaz-Herbette, S. (2017). For Better or Worse: The Effect of Prismatic Adaptation on Auditory Neglect. Neural Plasticity, 2017, 8721240. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8721240
Tissieres, I., Crottaz-Herbette, S., & Clarke, S. (2018). Exploring auditory neglect: Anatomo-clinical correlations of auditory extinction. Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 61(6), 386–394. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rehab.2018.05.001
Da Costa, S., Clarke, S., & Crottaz-Herbette, S. (2018). Keeping track of sound objects in space: The contribution of early-stage auditory areas. Hearing Research, 366, 17–31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heares.2018.03.027
Crottaz-Herbette, S., Fornari, E., Tissieres, I., & Clarke, S. (2017). A Brief Exposure to Leftward Prismatic Adaptation Enhances the Representation of the Ipsilateral, Right Visual Field in the Right Inferior Parietal Lobule. ENeuro, 4(5). https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0310-17.2017
Crottaz-Herbette, S., Fornari, E., Notter, M. P., Bindschaedler, C., Manzoni, L., & Clarke, S. (2017). Reshaping the brain after stroke: The effect of prismatic adaptation in patients with right brain damage. Neuropsychologia, 104, 54–63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.08.005
Crottaz-Herbette, S., Bindschaedler, C., Fornari, E., & Clarke, S. (2014). Prismatic adaptation changes visuo-spatial representation in parietal cortex in normal subjects and neglect patients. World Congress for Neurorehabilitation, Istanbul.
Crottaz-Herbette, S., Tissieres, I., Fornari, E., Rapin, P.-A., & Clarke, S. (2019). Remodelling the attentional system after left hemispheric stroke: Effect of leftward prismatic adaptation. Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior, 115, 43–55. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2019.01.007
Crottaz-Herbette, S., Fornari, E., & Clarke, S. (2014). Prismatic adaptation changes visuospatial representation in the inferior parietal lobule. The Journal of Neuroscience: The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 34(35), 11803–11811. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3184-13.2014
Clarke, S., & Crottaz-Herbette, S. (2016). Modulation of visual attention by prismatic adaptation. Neuropsychologia, 92, 31–41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.06.022
Clarke, S., Bindschaedler, C., & Crottaz-Herbette, S. (2015). Impact of cognitive neuroscience on stroke rehabilitation. Stroke, 46(5), 1408–1413. https://doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.115.007435