Research groups and PIs

The BIG network brings together the following research groups from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (FPSE), the Department of Philosophy, the Faculty of Medicine, the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), and the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA):


Daphne Bavelier: Brain and Learning Lab (FPSE)

  • Brain plasticity and learning
  • Impact of new technologies on the brain

Mireille Bétrancourt and Daniel Schneider: Technologies de formation et d’apprentissage (FPSE)

  • Design, implementation and evaluation of virtual training and learning environments
  • “Research-action-training”/design-based research

Tobias Brosch: Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab (FPSE/CISA)

  • Impact of affective and cognitive factors on decision-making
  • Development of interventions to promote sustainable behavior

Céline Buchs: Développement, apprentissage et intervention en situation scolaire (FPSE)

  • Role of social dimensions in learning situations
  • Development of interventions to foster social and school integration in a heterogeneous context

Paolo Ghisletta and Olivier Renaud: Méthodologie et analyse de données (FPSE)

  • Design of evaluation studies
  • Consulting for the analysis of quantitative data

Julien Chanal: Méthodologie et analyse de données (FPSE)

  • Motivation of individuals in the context of social interaction
  • Development of motivational training programs for teachers, sports professionals, and community organisations

Olivier Desrichard: Psychologie de la santé (FPSE)

  • Applied research in the domain of health-related behavior
  • Intervention development in domains such as blood donor loyalty and retention (Interregional Transfusion SRC)

Julien Deonna and Fabrice Teroni: Emotions, valeurs et normes (Department of Philosophy/CISA)

  • Nature and motivational role of affective states (emotions, feelings, moods, desires), values and norms
  • Conceptual and normative aspects of economic exchanges and behavioural interventions (“nudges”).

Juan M. Falomir Pichastor: Influence sociale (FPSE)

  • Social influence and change processes in domains auch as health (tobacco consumption, organ donation), stigmatisation of social minorities (xenophobia, homophobia), or the environment (energy consumption) 

Guido Gendolla: Geneva Motivation Lab (FPSE)

  • Motivation and self-regulation
  • Psychophysiological mechanism of effort mobilisation

Samia Hurst: Biomedical ethics program (Faculty of Medicine)

  • Ethical issues in medicine and the life sciences
  • Impact of public health policies on values such as respect for individuals and protection of vulnerable persons

Fabio Lorenzi-Cioldi: Relations intergroupes et les représentations sociales (FPSE)

  • Social mobility and gender
  • Adaptation of minority and stigmatised groups to new social contexts (e.g. immigration, business)

Kerstin Preuschoff: Neuroscience in Financial Economics (GSEM/CISA)

  • Financial decision-making
  • Neurofinance

Margarita Sanchez-Mazas: Relations interculturelles et formation des enseignants (FPSE)

  • Intercultural dimensions of education
  • Interventions to support pre-schoolers from socially underprivileged families (Office of Integration of Foreigners)

David Sander: Laboratory for the Study of Emotion Elicitation and Expression (FPSE/CISA)

  • Impact of emotions on perception, attention, memory, and decision-making
  • Role of emotions in conflict resolution, in the school context, in food-related choices 

Benjamin Scheibehenne: Cognition and Consumer Behavior (GSEM)

  • Understanding and modelling mechanisms underlying decisions
  • Research domains: Food choice, consumer choice, financial decision making