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Yoann Stussi

PhD Student

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Institution : University of Geneva
Discipline : Psychology
Thesis topic : My research focuses on the role of relevance detection in emotional learning by testing whether stimuli detected and appraised as highly relevant to the organism's goals benefit from faster and more persistent learning than stimuli with less relevance.
Supervisor : D. Sander


General Information

I graduated from University of Geneva with a Master of Science in affective and cognitive psychology in June 2014. My Master’s thesis, conducted under the supervision of Dr. Tobias Brosch, focused on the role of self-relevance in fear learning.

From March 2012 to February 2015, I was employed by the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences and the Laboratory for the study of Emotion Elicitation and Expression (E3Lab), first as a research auxiliary, and then as a research assistant.

Currently, I am a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. David Sander and Prof. Gilles Pourtois. I am financed by a Doc.CH grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation to conduct my doctoral thesis.

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March 2015 - present: PhD in Psychology (Advisors: Prof. David Sander & Prof. Gilles Pourtois), University of Geneva, Switzerland

September 2012 - June 2014: MSc in Affective and Cognitive Psychology, University of Geneva, Switzerland

September 2009 - June 2012: BSc in Psychology, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Current Research

My research focuses on the psychological mechanisms underlying emotional learning. More specifically, I aim at investigating the role of relevance detection in emotional learning by testing whether stimuli detected and appraised as highly relevant to the organism's goals, needs, values, and/or well-being benefit from faster and more persistent learning than stimuli with less relevance. In this perspective, I use behavioral, psychophysiological, and electroencephalography methods to study the learning of stimuli with high relevance compared with stimuli with less relevance both in aversive and appetitive conditioning paradigms.

Selected Publications

Stussi, Y., Brosch, T., Sander, D. (2015) Learning to fear depends on emotion and gaze interaction: The role of self-relevance in fear learning. Biological Psychology 109, 232-238.

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