Véronique Danault, Ph.D.

Research Associate and Research Coordinator


Ph.D. Psychology (Neuropsychology and Cognitive Sciences)
M.Sc. Anthopology (Genetics of Human Behavior)
B.Sc. Psychology


Structural and functional neuroimaging, connectivity. Stimulating effects of light on the brain. Sleep, age and the brain. Chronobiology. Bright screens. Eye. Clinical and fundamental research.

Methodological approaches

MRI, fMRI, DTI, EEG, Actigraphy. Programs: SPM, Matlab, CAT12, NIAK, ConnToolbox, SPSS, Respironics.

Selected publications and presentations


Daneault V, Dumont M, Massé É, Vandewalle G, Carrier J. Light-sensitive brain pathways and aging. J Physiol Anthropol. 2016 Mar 15;35:9. doi: 10.1186/s40101-016-0091-9. PMID: 26980095; PMCID: PMC4791759.

Daneault V, Dumont M, Massé É, Forcier P, Boré A, Lina JM, Doyon J, Vandewalle G, Carrier J. Plasticity in the Sensitivity to Light in Aging: Decreased Non-visual Impact of Light on Cognitive Brain Activity in Older Individuals but No Impact of Lens Replacement. Front Physiol. 2018 Nov 6;9:1557. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2018.01557. PMID: 30459639; PMCID: PMC6232421.

Vandewalle G, van Ackeren MJ, Daneault V, Hull JT, Albouy G, Lepore F, Doyon J, Czeisler CA, Dumont M, Carrier J, Lockley SW, Collignon O. Light modulates oscillatory alpha activity in the occipital cortex of totally visually blind individuals with intact non-image-forming photoreception. Sci Rep. 2018 Nov 16;8(1):16968. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-35400-9. PMID: 30446699; PMCID: PMC6240048.

Daneault V, Orban P, Martin N, Dansereau C, Godbout J, Pouliot P, Dickinson P, Gosselin N, Vandewalle G, Maquet P, Lina JM, Doyon J, Bellec P, Carrier J. Cerebral functional networks during sleep in young and older individuals. Under revision in Scientific Reports (January 2021).

Oral presentations

Daneault V, Dumont M, Vandewalle G, Carrier J. Neuroimaging the aging brain: Impact of light on cognitive function.Abstract published and oral presentation at International Symposium on Human Adaptation to Environment and Whole-body Coordination, Kobe, Japan (March 14-16th 2015)- Invited Lecturer. Program and Proceedings, p.36.

Daneault V, Dumont M, Hébert M, Doyon J, Vandewalle, G Carrier J. Aging modulation of the impact of light on cognitive brain functions. Abstract published and oral presentation at 26th Meeting of the Society of Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms (SLTBR), Vienna, Austria, June 27-29th June 2014. Abst 2014, v26, p25. – Invited Lecturer.