Technicological supports

The GIS-CCS's technological research supports are based on the existing

Software and other methodological developments finalized within the various teams in particular on:

  • Ethological observation methods approaches and video recording

  • Telemetric recording

  • Trajectométry

  • Actography
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Sound analysis
  • Electrophysiological recording (the EthoS electrophysiological technical platform)
  • Olfactométry


Technicalogical platforms

  • Research in imaging is supported by the recently developed PRISM platform: the IRMf can be used for humans as well as for smalls animals (Unité 176 VisAGes).

  • Virtual reality (CREM)


    The CREM (Research centre in Economy and Management) with the support of the University of Rennes 1 and the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) created a laboratory of experimental economy, the LABEX (LABoratory of EXperiments in social sciences) focusing on experimental games. The project of this LABEX comes, in a cross-cutting way within the scope of the four themes developed by axes: macroeconomics and finance, public economy and social choice, industrial and marketing economy and management.

    Concretely, an experimental economics laboratory is equipment where a controlled environment can be recreated. This room is equipped with a network of computers. This network provides simple, rapid information exchanges. Thus participants are isolated so that anonymity of their decisions is guaranteed and any collusive behavior, impossible to control, is avoided. Subjects are asked to answer an interactive questionnaire on the computer.

Ressources center

  • Hospitalo Universitary Service of Psychitry of child and teenager (Pr S.Tordjman).
  • Teaching and Research Center NIDCAP (Neonatal Individualized developmental care and assessement program) developed by ALS in Harvard which aims at improving the environment in neonate and at  adopting a strategy of care based on the observation of the skills of every child. Paediatric department CHU of Brest.

  • Cochlear Implant Centre (CHU de Rennes).

Host structures for animals

  • the primatology center is located at the Paimpont field station  (about 50 km from Rennes). Four species (about 50 individuals) are housed at this center: red-capped mangabeys (Cercocebus torquatus torquatus), grey-cheeked mangabeys (Lophocebus albigena), Campbells’ monkeys (Cercopithecus campbelli campbelli) and de Brazza’s monkeys (Cercopithecus neglectus). The attraction of this centre is due to the species housed, which, due to their under-representation in captivity, are very rarely or even not studied elsewhere in the world. 


  • At the Beaulieu Campus in Rennes outdoor and indoor aviaries are available to house starlings (Sturnus vulgaris).We also breed both domestic Japanese (Coturnix c. japonica) and wild European (Coturnix c. coturnix) quail, which is highly original. Our breeding stock is indeed the only one in France. It was started in the 1980s, before wild populations were genetically polluted by domestic quail, and it greatly contributes to species conservation, and the genetic quality of our birds has been checked very recently. we have also two urban cockroach species: Blattella germanica and Periplaneta americana. This mass breeding provides all the individuals that are necessary for our experiments. Several experimental rooms are available to observe and to test the behaviour of these insects (observation of behaviour, behavioural tests, conditioning, video-tracking, olfactometry ). Insect odours are analysed with a gas-chromatograph.



  • INRA SENAH Located at Saint-Gilles (15 km west of Rennes, Brittany, France), the INRA and Agrocampus Reseach Unit named "Systèmes d'Elevage, Nutrition Animale et Humaine (SENAH; Livestock Production Systems, Animal and Human Nutrition) is conducting research programs on both livestock production and human nutrition.The most frequently used animal model is the pig and the studies are conducted with our lab in the field of animals welfare.