Maël Mauchand

Academic title(s): 

PhD Student

Maël Mauchand
Dr. Marc Pell (Supervisor)
Contact Information
Email address: 
mael.mauchand [at]

BA&Sc in Cognitive Science at McGill University

Professional activities: 

Graduate Students' Association of Neuroscience (GSAN) - SCSD representative
McGill Volleyball Club - Coach
BrainReach ( - Volunteer translator
Grad Scientist and Where to Find Them ( - Podcast Creator and Host

Research areas: 
Healthy adults
Current research: 

I am interested in the neural mechanisms underlying the perception and processing of vocal communication. I am currently studying our capacity to induce empathy in others by complaining and conveying emotions with our tone of voice, and how this can be modulated by different socio-cultural contexts. To do so, I use electroencephalography (EEG) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) techniques to investigate brain activity during complaint-induced empathy. My goal is to help disentangle the different affective and cognitive mechanisms at play in our brain and our environment when we experience empathy in social interactions.

Selected publications: 

Mauchand, M. & Pell, M.D. (in press). French or Québécois? How speaker accents shape implicit and explicit intergroup attitudes among francophones in Montréal. Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science.

Caballero, J., Mauchand, M., Jiang, X., & Pell, M.D. (2021). Cortical processing of speaker politeness: tracking the dynamic effects of voice tone and politeness markers. Social Neuroscience, 16(4), 423-438.

Mauchand, M. & Pell, M. D. (2021). Emotivity in the Voice: Prosodic, Lexical, and Cultural Appraisal of Complaining Speech. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 1–13.

Mauchand, M., Caballero, J., Jiang, X., & Pell, M.D. (2021). Immediate on-line use of prosody reveals a speaker's ironic intentions: neurophysiological evidence. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci, 21, 74-92.

Mauchand, M., Vergis, N., & Pell, M. D. (2020). Irony, prosody, and social impressions of affective stance. Discourse Processes, 57(2), 141-157.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

2020-2024 - Doctoral Scholarship, Fonds de Recherche Nature et Technologies du Québec (FRQNT)

2019-2020 - Faculty of Medicine Internal Studentship, McGill University

2019 - Doctoral Scholarship, Quebec Bio-Imaging Network (QBIN)

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