Eva Pool

Senior researcher


Institution : University of Geneva
Department : Faculty of Psychology
Discipline : Psychology Neuroscience
Research field : Affective sciences
Thesis topic : Affective relevance: nature, determinants and effects

NCCR position : doctoral student
NCCR PI : David Sander
NCCR most relevant publications
Pool, E. R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2015). Stress increases cue-triggered "Wanting" for sweet reward in humans. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 41(2), 128-136.
Pool, E.R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2016). Attentional bias for positive emotional stimuli: A meta-analytic investigation. Psychological Bulletin, 142, 79-106.


I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Fribourg; then I acquired a Master of Science specialising in Clinical and Affective Psychology from the University of Geneva. My Master’s thesis on optimism, attentional bias and emotion regulation was under the supervision of professor Martial van der Linden and Dr. Joel Billieux

Current Research

Appraisal theories of emotion predict that relevance is the property allowing the emotional stimuli to modulate attention. I’m currently testing this hypothesis by using reward stimuli. I’m also trying to parse and dissociate the different components involved in the processing of reward such as the motivational salience, motivational value and hedonic pleasure.