Laure Freydefont

Post doc

Institution : University of Zurich
Department : Department of Psychology Developmental Psychology: Adulthood
Research field : Motivation and effort mobilization
Discipline : Psychology cognitive, development and social

NCCR position : Post doc
NCCR PI : Professor Guido Gendolla Professor Alexandra Freund
NCCR most relevant publications
Lasauskaite, R., Gendolla, G.H.E., Bolmont, M., & Freydefont, L. (2015). Implicit happiness and sadness are associated with ease and difficulty: Evidence from sequential priming. Psychological Research. doi: 10.1007/s00426-015-0732-3
Freydefont, L., & Gendolla, G. H. E. (2012). Incentive moderates the impact of implicit anger versus sadness cues on effort-related cardiac response. Biological Psychology, 91, 120-127. doi. 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.04.002
Freydefont, L., Gendolla, G.H.E., & Silvestrini, N. (2012). Beyond valence: The differential effect of masked anger and sadness stimuli on effort-related cardiac response. Psychophysiology, 49, 665-71, doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2011.01340.x


Since April 2009 PhD Student in psychology, University of Geneva.
in a project untitled "Primed Affect & Cardiovascular Response",

Supervisor: Professor Guido Gendolla.

2005-2008 Master’s degree in psychology (Dijon, 21).

Research work in collaboration with the  European Center for Taste and Smell (Dijon, France)
Research supervisors: Karine Durand and Benoist Schaal

2004-2005 Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Dijon (Bourgogne, France)

Current Research

Although anger is conceptualized as a negative emotion, it shares important motivational similarities with positive affective states. Anger supports approach motivation and has a facilitating effect on behavior. Based on recent studies on the effect of masked emotional expressions that are processed during a cognitive task, my research activity focuses on the impact of affective masked stimuli on mental effort and specifically the influence of anger expression priming.