The foundation

The FYSSEN Foundation was state-approved by decree on 20th March 1979.
Its headquarters are located 194, rue de Rivoli, 75001 paris, France.
The aim of the FYSSEN Foundation  is to encourage “all forms of scientific inquiry in cognitive mechanisms, including thought and reasoning, which underly animal and human behavior; their biological and cultural bases, and phylogenetic and ontogenetic development”.

The Foundation encourages all the researches relative to the capacities to reason and more widely in the cognitive processes to animals and man as well as in the biological and cultural foundations of these processes


The FYSSEN Foundation aims to support research which will lead to a more rigorous and precise approach to this fundamental domain, calling upon such disciplines as ethology, paleontology, archeology, anthropology, psychology, logic and the nervous system sciences.

His Founder, Mr H. FYSSEN was particularly interested in the scientific understanding of these fundamental questions.

The FYSSEN Foundation developped an original device in four points to support researches in the cognitive sciences :

Post-doctoral study grants

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Reseach grants

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An International Scientific Prize

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Organization of colloquiums and publications

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To achieve this device, the Foundation has a Board of directors and a Scientific Committee.