Felix Schoeller

Born 09/12/1990 (28 years)
07 rue Saint Claude,
75003, Paris France
Phone: +336 737 42420

Short bio

·      First research fellow at the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity in Paris.
·      PhD in cognitive science at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris (EHESS) after graduation from University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
·      Postdoctoral work at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and at the Institute of Psychology of University Paris-Descartes (Paris V).
·      Teaches cognitive psychology and behavioral economics at La Sorbonne (Paris-Descartes, Paris-Diderot, Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne, and Paris School of Economics).
·      Research affiliate at the Fluid Interfaces Group, Media Lab, MIT, and Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia.
·      Collaborates regularly with artists to design cognitive technology for films, music, theatre, exhibitions, workshops.
·      Directed 3 feature documentaries about critical social issues (education, mind, identity).
·      Co-founder of Hoosh, a platform empowering young and promising creative talents through means of production and financial support.

Academic Positions

2019 - …     Research Associate, Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
2019 - …     Visiting Research Fellow, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL, UK.
2018 - …     Lecturer, Behavioral Economics, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.
2018 - …     Assistant Professor, Institut de Psychologie, Université Paris-Descartes, France.
2017-2018   Research Fellow, Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires, Paris, France.
2017-2018   Engineer, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, France.
2014-2017   Doctoral researcher, School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, France.


2017       PhD, Cognitive Science, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
2016       MA, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen, Danemark.
2014       MA, Social Science, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
2008       Baccalauréat Scientifique, Lycée Lavoisier, Paris.


2019     PHC Kolmogorov: “Development of methods and technologies for expanding human cognitive abilities” (co-principal investigator with Dr. Alexey V Melkikh from Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University).
2019     PRCI (ANR-DFG, Franco-German Call in Humanities and Social Sciences): “Empowering Debating Skills: A holistic approach based on embodied virtual reality and biofeedback, integrating cognitive, emotional, social, and physical competences”
2018     CRI Short Term Research Fellowship: “The Satiation of Natural Curiosity”

Publications in press

Schoeller, F., & Mason, J. (2019, April 4). Human sociality as spheres of belonging. Center for Open Science. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/89vbg
Schoeller, F., & Krishnakumar, A. (2019). Investigating the role of psychogenic shivers in mental health. Center for Open Science. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/8tzh5
Schoeller, F., & Sivakumar, K. (2019). Emotions underlying early numerical cognition in humans. Center for Open Science. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/wjp6q

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Schoeller F, Bertrand P, Gerry LJ, Jain A, Horowitz AH and Zenasni F (2019) Combining Virtual Reality and Biofeedback to Foster Empathic Abilities in Humans. Front. Psychol. 9:2741. doi: http://10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02741
Schoeller, F., Perlovsky, L., Arseniev, D., (2018) Physics of mind: Experimental confirmations of theoretical predictions, Physics of Life Reviews, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plrev.2017.11.021.
Schoeller F., Eskinazi, M., (2018) Psychologie du frisson esthétique. Psychologie Française. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psfr.2017.11.003
Schoeller, F., Eskinazi, M., Garreau, D. (2017) Dynamics of the knowledge instinct: effects of incoherence on the cognitive system, Cognitive Systems Research, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogsys.2017.07.005
Schoeller, F (2017) The satiation of natural curiosity. International Journal of Signs and Semiotic Systems. Volume 5, Issue 2, Article 2, 200516-032707.
Schoeller, F., Perlovsky, L. (2016) Aesthetic chills: Knowledge-acquisition, meaning-making and aesthetic emotions. Front. Psychol.7:1093. doi: http://10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01093
Schoeller, F., (2015) Knowledge, curiosity, and aesthetic chills. Frontiers in Psychology 6:1546. doi: http://10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01546
Schoeller, F., Perlovsky, L.I. (2015) Great Expectations : Narratives and the Elicitation of Chills, Psychology, 6(15), doi: http://10.4236/psych.2015.616205
Schoeller, F., (2015) The shivers of knowledge, Human and Social Studies, vol. IV, no. 3. doi: http://10.1515/hssr -2015-0022

Selected Presentations

2019 –     “Unsolved Problems in Cognitive Neuroscience”, Mind, Brain, and Cognitive Algorithms Session at the 2019 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN).
2019 –     “Films as social engineering”. Open Documentary Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
2018 –      Advanced Workshop on Open Science of Learning, Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires, Paris, France.
2018 –      Advanced Workshop on Open Health Research, Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires, Paris France.
2017 –     “Dynamics of the Knowledge Instinct”. IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence (IEEE CCMB'17).
2016 –     “Aesthetic Emotions and the Vital Need for Cognition”. 23rd International Conference on Human Ethology, University of Stirling, Scotland.
2016 –     “Understanding Narrative Immersion”. Interactive Mind Centre bootcamps, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
2016 –     “Strong Learning Emotions and their Implications for Mind, Brain and Behavior”. IEEE special session Computational Intelligence Society, Vancouver, Canada.
2016 –     “The Future of Stories”. Cognitive Future at the Humanities, University of Helsinki.
2016 –     “Aesthetic emotions and collective intelligence”, Symposium on Empathy organized by Thomas Pavel at the University of Chicago, Center in Paris.

Editorial Work

·     Editorial board of Cognitive Systems Research, Frontiers in Psychology, Physics of Life Reviews, PLOS ONE, Brain and Behavioral Science, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.
·     Member of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
·     Member of the International Society of Human Ethology.
·     Nominated for INNNS Young Investigator award.
·    Founder and director Hoosh.space

Teaching activities

·      12x3h Classes, “Introduction to Cognitive Psychology”, Bachelor level, Institute of Psychology, Paris-Descartes University.
·      6x3h Classes, “Introduction to Behavioral Economics”, Master’s level, Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris School of Economics.
·      3x4h Classes, “Cognitive Science of Learning”, Master’s level, Learning Sciences Master, CRI, Paris-Descartes and Paris-Diderot universities.
·      6x2h Seminary, “Current Research in Arts, Science, and Technology”, Graduate level, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

Student Supervision

·      Eva Wanek, “Effects of natural restoration on ecologically responsible behavior”, MSc thesis, Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris School of Economics, 2019.
·      Mariella Meyer, “Natural restoration and consumer decisions”, MSc thesis, Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris School of Economics, 2019.
·      Santino Nanini, “Neurophysiology of psychogenic shivers”, Internship, Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity, 2018.
·      Kishore Sivakumar, “Emotions underlying early numerical cognition in humans”, MSc thesis, Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity, 2018.


2019 The Political Origins of Dancing (70 min):  In collaboration with the collective La Fleur and produced by the National Theatre Maison de la Culture 93, this film retraces the political origins of urban dance in Africa. Starring popular Ivorian dancers Annick Choco, Ordinateur, Gadoukou, the film is co-directed with the German stage director Monika Gintersdorder.

2018 Yaya in Denmark (70 min): Yaya, a young man from Ivory Coast experiences a Danish Free School. The film raises questions about the sense of social identify, belonging, trust, and education in the 21st century. Produced by Compagnie des Phares et Balises.

2018 VR Library of Ourselves (14 min): In collaboration with Philippe Bertrand from BeAnotherLab, «The Library of Ourselves» is an interdisciplinary and distributed project to promote transformative encounters between communities in conflict. First person immersive film about the daily life of a French high school student from a highly underprivileged background.

2017 See Your Self (34 min): Produced by the Fondation de France, See Your Self is a documentary about the sexual life of the physically handicapped and the underlying complexities in terms of responsibilities, self-perception and affective life. The film was shot during 6 months of immersion and is now used as a discussion tool in clinical settings.

2016 Comme un Loup (36 min): A film about inequalities within the French and European system of education. The film has received an extensive press coverage and more than 100 projections were organized to foster debate about the underlying issues with underprivileged audiences and educational institutions. In collaboration with Fondation Feu Vert and Mairie de Paris. www.commeunloup.fr

Press and media

2018. Aeon. Psychogenic shivers: why we get the chills when we aren’t cold
2018. The Conversation. Social determinism starts at school.
2017. Jeune Afrique, « Comme un Loup », au cœur d’une cité parisienne
2017. Liberation, « Comme un loup » : quand la cité Curial révèle ses jeunes talents
2017 Radio Nova, Cette école-là, elle est faite pour les bons élèves
2017 L’Humanité. À l’école de la reproduction sociale
2017. Radio France Culture. The principles of knowledge in four minutes.
2015. University Post Copenhagen. Students do the teachings.


Karl Friston
Email: k.friston@ucl.ac.uk

François Taddei
CRI, France.

Leonid Perlovsky
Harvard University
Email: lperl@rcn.com