Research at the Faculty

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Research in the Department of Psychology: Cognition and Behavior

The scientific activities of the Department of Psychology: Cognition and Behavior covers various topics grouped around major areas of research in psychology. First, the research focuses on the study of cognitive processes (memory, perception, attention, language, etc.) as well as the study of metacognitive processes. The studies involve normal subjects but also subjects suffering from various deficiences such as those observed with brain damage, neurological and psychopathological disorders, genetic syndromes, or disabilities. These cognitive processes are studied from a developmental perspective, and by using brain-imaging techniques that investigate the related brain structures. A second theme concerns the study of the causes and mechanisms involved in psychopathological, neuropsychological and learning disorders. These disorders are matched with neurological and psychopathological states. This leads to a better understanding of their brain substrates. The Department is also involved in the development of new evaluation methods and new programs of psychotherapeutic interventions and rehabilitation. The department focuses also on the study of the social (stereotypes) and personality variables. How do they influence attitudes, thoughts and emotions? Finally, the Department develops research and preclinical experiments. These are based on the use of animal models related to the psycho-behavioral and the addictive effects of drugs (including cocaine, amphetamine and ethanol). They involve also research into the behavioral phenotyping of genetically modified mice, and animal research in neuropsychology.

Research in the Departement of Psychology and Clinics of Human Systems

The department research is oriented around two major areas: the normal & pathological development and functioning of humans, and work and organizations psychology as well as cognitive ergonomics. The department includes 10 research teams and themes are handled with a fundamental and applied perspective. The first area of research covers the normal and pathological functioning of children, adolescents, adults and the elderly, including gender dimensions. For example, the family, reconstructed families and new families, perinatality, aging, palliative care, quality of life, eating disorders, psychological trauma, child and adult abuse, behavioral disorders and delinquency, along with institutional responses to it. The second line of research is directed towards the impact of organizational and technological changes on psychological and psychosocial dynamics (welfare at work, organizational justice, commitment to work, selection and evaluation of professional skills, inter-organizational mediation,) This line is also directed towards the mechanisms of decision making in complex or risky situations (safety, transformation of collective work, design and evaluation of new technologies, networking). This axis also looks into the damaging consequences of these transformations: accidents, human error, stress, burnout, suicide, and harassment.

Research in the Department of Education and Training

The Department of Education, beyond the research activities conducted by the academic and scientific staff or Ph.D. students, is regularly called upon for applied research by external international, regional or local organizations. Research activities are numerous and mainly concern:
  • the understanding of educational systems, their comparison, their historical development and evaluation of their effectiveness and equity;
  • the analysis and regulation of educational practices and teaching;
  • the organization and management of learning conditions, including educational psychology, construction of curricula and development of general and specialist teaching;
  • the initial and lifelong training of teachers;
  • innovation management and support to teams transforming their practices;
  • the learning and lifelong education of adults;
  • education in early childhood;
  • the design, facilitation and evaluation of learning devices using the Information Technology and Communication

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