Dr. Francois R. Foerster

Experimental Psychologist, Cognitive Neuroscientist & Consultant

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.” Albert Einstein

Whether physical time exists or not in the universe relies on the concept of simultaneity.
Yet, any biological system holds a maximum temporal resolution of information processing,
which enables the subjective experience of time and simultaneity but also constrains all perceptions and behaviors.

How is this temporal resolution shaping our life?
To answer this puzzling question, I investigate our sensory experiences of simultaneity and their neural subtrates.


International peer-reviewed journal and conference research articles.

Coming soon (2023)

Foerster, F. R., Giersch, A., Cleeremans, A.

Tool use acquisition induces a multifunctional interference effect during object processing: evidence from the sensorimotor mu rhythm

Experimental Brain Research (2023)

Foerster, F. R.

Enhanced temporal resolution of vision in action video game players

NeuroImage (2023)

Foerster, F. R., Chidharom, M., Giersch, A.

Neurocognitive evidence of enhanced implicit temporal processing in video game players

Communications Biology (2022)

Foerster, F. R., Chidharom, M., Bonnefond, A., Giersch, A.

Volatility of subliminal haptic feedback alters the feeling of control in schizophrenia

Journal of Abnormal Psychology (2021)

Foerster, F. R. et al.

Measuring optimism bias among military personnel

Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour (2021)

Cutello, C. A., Walsh, C., Foerster, F. R., Hanoch, Y., Hellier, E.

Tool use and function knowledge shape visual object processing

Biological Psychology (2021)

Foerster, F. R. & Goslin, J.

Labels strengthen motor learning of new tools

Cortex (2020)

Foerster, F. R., Borghi, A. M., & Goslin, J.

Impact of iris size and eyelids coupling on the estimation of the gaze direction of a robotic talking head by human viewers

Humanoids (2015)

Foerster, F. R., Bailly, G. and Elisei, F.

Research tools

Electroencephalography [EEG]

EEG is an easy, cheap and mobile tool for discovering the biological roots of human behaviors.

Virtual Reality [VR]

Extended reality platforms render lab research closer to ecological situations, but also enhance the user's engagement with the task at hand.

Eye-tracking [ET]

The way we move our eyes can reveal a lot about who we are, and even more on how our brain works! My recent research links eye movements with brain functioning and behaviors.

Behavior assessment

How fast, precise, and accurate can you be? My research has always had a soft spot for behavior analysis.


Assessing cognitive functioning and cognitive skills.
Evaluating functional neuroimaging data.

Trusted by Biotrial .


Postdoctoral Researcher (2022-now) - Center for Research in Cognition and Neurosciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles [Belgium]
Supervisor: Prof. Axel Cleeremans

Postdoctoral Researcher (2019-2022) - INSERM U1114, University of Strasbourg [France]
Supervisor: Prof. MD Anne Giersch

PhD in Psychology (2016-2019) - School of Psychology, University of Plymouth [UK]
Supervisors: Prof. Jeremy Goslin & Prof. Angelo Cangelosi

MSc in Cognitive Science (2014-2015) - Grenoble Institute of Technology [France]
Supervisor: Prof. Gérard Bailly

MSc in Cognitive Psychology (2013-2014) - Grenoble-Alpes University [France]
Supervisor: Prof. Stéphane Rousset

BSc in Psychology (2010-2013) - University of Strasbourg [France]

High-school degree in engineering sciences (2008-2010) - Altkirch [France]

Electrician diploma (2006-2008) - Altkirch [France]

Contact me

Need a hand to solve an EEG, virtual reality or eye-tracking problem?
Looking for a collaboration?

Don't hesitate to contact me, I am very kind and (quickly) responsive!