Third year doctoral students are affiliated to UBL’s Doctoral School for Education, Language, Interaction, Cognition, Clinical Science (ELICC). 16 research lecturers are qualified to supervise theses and offer the following thesis research topic areas:

Philippe ALLAIN

Executive processes: the fragmentation of executive processes, the ageing of executive functions, interactions between the executive and mnesic functions (source memory, destination memory), assessing and treating executive function disorders.

Social cognition: emotions, empathy, theory of mind, script, interactions between social cognition, executive processes and behaviour, social cognition skills and ageing, evaluating social cognition.

The target population groups are adults and the elderly (neurologically and psychiatrically).

Cédric ANNWEILER

L’activité de recherche concerne le domaine de la prévention des troubles de la marche et des fonctions supérieures chez la personne âgée.

Initialement centrée sur le risque de chutes et son évaluation grâce au paradigme de double tâche, elle s’est ensuite orientée vers le contrôle supérieur de la performance de marche et son atteinte au cours du vieillissement cérébral pathologique, notamment au cours des pathologies démentielles.
Le lien étroit que nous avons mis en évidence entre les capacités de marche et de cognition de la personne âgée semble être expliqué par le niveau de performance des fonctions exécutives et par une composante métabolique qui est la vitamine D, dont nous étudions depuis plus de 15 ans les effets non osseux sur l’appareil neuro-musculaire, le cerveau, et les performances physiques, fonctionnelles et cognitives du sujet âgé.

Enfin, la recherche concerne également l’usage et l’intérêt des gérontechnologies pour les personnes âgées malades, dans leurs dimensions sanitaire et fonctionnelle, notamment via le développement du living lab gériatrique hospitalier ALLEGRO (Angers Living Lab En GéRiatrie hOspitalière).

Jeremy BESNARD

My research is based on a biopsychosocial and embodied approach to cognition, applied in various ways to the field of neuropsychology (frontal symptomatology) and ageing (normal and disease-related):

  • The interactionist perspective in social cognition
  • Behaviour and executive functions (e.g. social dependency syndrome)
  • Decision-making (the influence of context)
  • Assessment and treatment using new technologies (digital tools, virtual reality)
  • Social neuropsychology (sociotechnology and neuropsychological assessment)

Olivier BONNOT

Developmental disorders and genetic diseases

Clinical research on atypical psychiatric and developmental symptoms, development of differential diagnosis algorithms using psychiatric indicators and psychopharmacology studies.
Using smartphone apps to treat psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents.
Development of an app for Ecological Momentary Assessments (EMA), with a feature enabling interaction between a patient or family and the app. The aim is to develop a self-care app.

The areas studied are autism, attempted suicides, attention deficiency disorders and chronic pain.

Abdel Halim BOUDOUKHA

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Burn-out, Pain: Risk factors, Exposure to traumatic or stressful events, workplace violence, somatic (Pain) and psychopathological (PTSD, Burn-out) outcomes.

Evidence-based practice in Psychology: Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy validation trials for (a) PTSD comorbidity (with burn-out, Substance abuse) and (b) Burn-out comorbidity (with Pain, PTSD).

Fabienne COLOMBEL

Cognitive functioning and impairment

Emotion-cognition interaction: the impact of moods on cognitive functioning.

False memories: the impact of the processes involved in creating and reducing false memories in the context of normal and disease-related ageing. Study of the internal (mood, age, inhibition levels, etc.) and external (emotional connotation of material things, level of treatment, etc.) contextual factors which influence the production of false memories.

Anne CONGARD

Emotional regulation and dysregulation: a dynamic approach to emotional fluctuations and understanding emotional regulation strategies through time and life events, with a focus on health. Description of the elements involved in emotional regulation: study of how they work and the short- and long-term adaptability criteria associated in the different aspects of life, i.e. health, work and the everyday.

Study of changes in the conative sphere from a lifespan perspective, including emotions, personality traits, depression and anxiety disorders, through intervention initiatives: mindfulness, positive psychology, CBT and sports programmes. Approach involving the differential efficiency of intervention programmes, the design and validation of tools for measuring conative dimensions linked to these topics and their development over time.

Innovations in methodological approaches to inter and intra-individual variability: psychometrics, multivariate structural methods: principal component analysis, multidimensional scaling; structural modelling; causal analysis, confirmatory factor analyses, analyses of the dynamics of individual functioning, multilevel models, Markov Chain, etc.

Mohamad EL HAJ

My research aims to assess and treat the deterioration of autobiographical memory caused by Alzheimer’s disease and Korsakoff’s syndrome.

Ghozlane FLEURY-BAHI

Health and the environment: the psychological and psychosocial impact of environmental stressors (noise, pollution, natural hazards, etc.), quality of life and the environment, health and environmental risk assessment, protective/risky behaviours.

Sustainable development: ecological behaviours, environmental risk assessment.

Sandrine GAYMARD

Representations and norms: social and practical representations, theory of conditionality and legitimate transgressions, norms, normative and cultural models, methods and analyses.

Risks and safety: road safety, sustainable safety, risk-taking, vulnerable users, behaviours and environments, transport and quality of life, school environment, health.

Bénédicte GOHIER

Emotion-cognition interaction: study of the emotional regulation processes in patients with emotional disorders (depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders).

Vulnerability factors for depression: gender, environment, gene-environment interactions, somatic disorders.

Didier LE GALL

Praxis and gestures: apraxia, tool use disorders, dyspraxia, interactions between gesture/tool and semantic knowledge, and between gesture/tool and executive function. Part of the research concerns children (including development of praxis), and the other part adults (vascular and dementia diseases).

Frontal and executive functions: inhibition, problem-solving and planning, social interactions. Part of the research concerns children (including development of executive and socio-cognitive functions), and the other part adults (depression, vascular and dementia diseases).

André NDOBO

Intergroup relationships, judgements and beliefs: discursive approach to prejudices, stereotypes and discriminations (linked to age, gender, ethnoracial origins), both implicit and explicit, at work and in school.

Social stigmatisation: intersectional approach to stigmatisation phenomena (twice as punishing or twice as beneficial?), the perception of stigmatisations and its impacts, resilience mechanisms.

Regulation of discrimination: public policies and their end purposes, dilution strategies at an individual or group level.

Frédérique ROBIN

False memories: processes involved in creating and reducing false memories; impact of perceptive, cognitive and socio-cognitive factors (e.g. visuospatial treatment; imagery; emotions; attitudes; beliefs; suggestibility); false memories explored in normally-functioning individuals and in patients.

Emotion-cognition interactions: variations in the interaction between mental images and emotions during the development of individuals: emotional and behavioural regulation; cognitive approach to practices used (hypnosis, meditation, etc.) to intervene on the management of emotions and attention levels.

Nicolas ROUSSIAU

Religion: social representations, social beliefs, religious discriminations, religious beliefs and false memories, religious radicalism.

Happiness and spirituality: spirituality and health (coping strategies, risk-taking and health behaviours, etc.), spirituality and the environment (perception of responsibility with regard to the environment, analysis of pro-environment behaviours, etc.).

Arnaud ROY

Approche neuropsychologique des fonctions exécutives chez l’enfant

Mots clés : Neuropsychologie, Fonctions Exécutives, Développement, Enfant, Cerveau, Régulation, Santé.

Mon domaine de recherche principal est la neuropsychologie de l’enfant. Je m’intéresse plus particulièrement aux fonctions exécutives et à la problématique de la régulation cognitive et comportementale.

Mes travaux de recherche sont structurés autour de deux axes de recherche complémentaires et s’effectuent en collaboration avec des médecins, des spécialistes de la psychologie du développement, de la neuropsychologie adulte et de la psychologie de santé.

Le premier axe est consacré à la mise au point de dispositifs d’évaluation des fonctions exécutives et à l’étude de leurs déterminants développementaux. Outre une réflexion critique sur les stratégies d’examen, les travaux portent sur l’élaboration, l’étalonnage et la validation de tests basés sur la performance (batterie FÉE en particulier) et de mesures de vie quotidienne (questionnaires BRIEF). L’étude des déterminants développementaux comprend en particulier la culture (travaux interculturels engagés notamment avec le Brésil, le Liban, le Maroc et la Tunisie), la pauvreté et l’exposition aux écrans numériques.

Le second axe repose sur l’approche clinique des particularités du dysfonctionnement exécutif dans différents contextes pédiatriques. En lien avec la notion de vulnérabilité précoce des réseaux préfrontaux chez l’enfant, les travaux engagés visent à favoriser une meilleure compréhension des manifestations du syndrome dysexécutif dans divers troubles du neurodéveloppement (en particulier : neurofibromatose de type 1, phénylcétonurie, trouble développemental de la coordination), mais aussi dans le champ des lésions cérébrales acquises (traumatisme crânien, tumeurs cérébrales, épilepsie, prématurité, cardiopathies congénitales) de la psychopathologie et de la psychologie de la santé (troubles anxieux, harcèlement scolaire, haut-potentiel).