Current Specific Research Projects

A neuro-computational investigation of value precision

Dr. Mael Lebreton

The dominant theory in neuro-economics suggest that, in order to make economic choices, an individual must first attribute expected affective values to available options –i.e. how much she likes t…

Affectivism: The homepage

Dr. Daniel Dukes, Pr. David Sander, [...]

Affectivism: “If cognitivism is conceived of as an approach in which the inclusion of cognitive processes in models of behaviour, mind and brain increases the power to explain

Applied Affective Sciences

Dr. Marcello Mortillaro

The research focus « Applied Affective Sciences » brings together NCCR researchers whose studies address practical real-world needs or aim at developing innovative products.

Behaviors minimizing energetic cost: A reward?

Dr. Boris Cheval

Today one third of the adult population and 81% of the adolescent population fail to reach the recommended amounts of physical activity. This project aims to better understand why most individuals fail to…

Consumer-driven impacts on the Grid: Peer effects on the diffusion of technologies and strategies to manage PV electricity and demand (Peer-to-Grid)

Dr. Ulf Hahnel, en collaboration avec l’ISE

Solar photovoltaics (PV) is becoming a prime source of electricity supply worldwide, including Switzer…


Dr. Sylvain Delplanque

The idea that olfaction and emotion are closely linked has long been a pervasive belief in people’s minds. But how much of this belief is fact, and how much just folk wisdom?

Emotions and Conflict

Dr. Olga Klimecki

Human interactions often entail conflict - be it on the interpersonal level or on the level of groups formed by cultures or companies.

Feel bad, live well! The value of negative emotions for well-being

Pr. Julien Deonna, Pr. Fabrice Teroni

What exactly is the role that emotions play in an individual’s leading of a good life? Perhaps they contribute to her well-being through the way they feel, or perhaps they motivate act…

Healthy Ageing

Dr. Olga Klimecki

As humans are living longer, the question arises as to how we can promote health and well-being in elderly. Investigating the impact of meditation training on mental health and well-being in the ageing population.

IMAGINE: Développer les compétences transversales à l'école

Dr. Nathalie Mella, Dr. Gwladys Rey, Alexandra Zaharia, Pr. David Sander, [...]

Individual differences in emotional learning underpinning vulnerabilities to compulsive reward-seeking behaviors

Dr. Eva Pool

Research question: A variety of psychological disorders (e.g., binge eating, substance use disorders) are characterized by situations wher…

Influence of peripheral information on behavioural and spatio-temporal neural mechanisms of vocal emotion production and perception

Pr. Didier Grandjean

In recent years, a substantial body of work shed light on behavioral, electrophysiological and neural mechanisms involv…

Knowledge, Action, and Factive Mental States

Pr. Fabrice Teroni

The present project draws light on the significant but understudied tensions between a prominent approach in contemporary epistemology and the orthodoxy in philosophy of action and philosophy of emotions. T…

Language and culture

Dr. Cristina Soriano

The goal of the focus is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in the study of language and culture in the experience and linguistic expression of emotion.

On Strength of Will

Antoine Rebourg

It is commonly said that we exhibit strength of will when we resist a temptation to have a smoke or eat certain foods, or when we stay home to finish a paper instead of going out for drinks. However, this natural way of speaking ra…

On the Normativity of Correctness

Roberto Keller

Correctness is one of many normative concepts that feature in our everyday thinking. We deem items, methods, and inferences correct or incorrect, but we also do so for actions, responses, and mental states. There are …

Real-time multimodal imaging of functional brain networks using simultaneous EEG and fMRI acquisitions

Dr. Frédéric Grouiller

The combination of EEG and functional MRI is very compelling to study the functioning of the human brain thanks to the high complementarity of elect…

Sensors-based behavioral analytics for simulation-based interprofessional team training

Dr. Donald Glowinski

Medical error is a leading cause of death worldwide and therefore requires greater attention. Our proposal is to develop team behavioral analytics to better integr…

Testing compassion as a new emotion regulation strategy for promoting conflict resolution

Patricia Cernadas

In these situations, emotions emerge and impact the conflict issue (Halperin, 2015). As emotions can be changed through emotional regulation (Gross, 1998), resea…

Why do we use tools? Investigating the drivers of tool use in non-humans and humans

Pr. Thibaud Gruber

Humans stand out among all other animals, even among their own family, primates. Our uniqueness has been attributed to several factors, most often to our amazing facul…