Prof. David Sander

General Information


David Sander studied mathematics and psychology at the University René Descartes (Paris, France), and received a PhD in Cognitive Sciences from the University Louis Lumière (Lyon, France).

In 2002, he joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). He is now full professor in this Department where he directs the Laboratory for the study of Emotion Elicitation and Expression (E3Lab:

In 2012, he has been appointed Director of the Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives, and of the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Affective Sciences ( He is mainly interested in the mechanisms involved in emotion elicitation, and how these mechanisms modulate attention, memory, and decision-making.

For his research, he was awarded the National Latsis Prize.

Current Research

Research in my Laboratory investigates the cognitive mechanisms involved in the appraisal of relevant stimuli, and how these processes elicit emotions, and modulate attention, memory, and decision-making.

Currently, five major research programs are developed. These research programs aim at empirically investigating:
  • The nature and function of relevance detection in emotion elicitation
  • Appraisal-driven facial expression of emotion
  • Mechanisms underlying emotional attention
  • Mechanisms underlying emotional memory
  • Emotional processing of olfactory stimuli
  • Bidirectional links between emotions and food intake