Habilitation to conduct research (HDR)

Sauvayre R. (2020), "The scientific dissemination of scientific norms" [french], Habilitation to conduct research (HDR) dissertation : Sociology, Paris, Sorbonne University, 3 vol., 737 p.

Supervisor: Michel Dubois, Directeur de recherche au CNRS (Sorbonne Université, GEMASS, UMR 8598). 

This Habilitation to conduct research was defended on 1 december 2020 at Sorbonne Université

Scientific dossier:

Vol. 1 : Original unpublished book: "De la diffusion scientifique aux normes de scientificité. Approche épistémologique et abductive de la neuroimagerie d’un saumon mort" » (407 p.)  
Vol. 2 : Synthesis of scientific activity (dissertation): "La diffusion à l’étude : des méthodes aux concepts" (95 p.)  
Vol. 3 : Papers published from 2009 to 2020 (235 p.) + 5 books


This study aims to explore the diffusion process of an unusual work using the neuroimaging of a dead salmon. To prepare for a neuropsychological experiment, Craig Bennett and colleagues had used a dead Atlantic salmon to calibrate a scanner at the Dartmouth University. Three years later, those data were analyzed to illustrate the false positive errors in neuroimaging research. Indeed, the data analysis detected brain activity in the head of the dead salmon. 
This unusual work is the one of the few neuroimaging studies to be both highly cited and internationally mediated. Then, the question was to know which researchers contributed to this diffusion or, in other words, who cited this neuroimaging study.

Keywords: scientific dissemination; fMRI studies; citation analysis; norms; false positives; neuroimaging; epistemic values, spread of scientific knowledge.