Céline has a Masters from the faculty of Social Science and Politics of the University of Lausanne. At the time, she worked on developing a temporal discounting model in order to investigate the neurobiological correlates of economic decision-making under risk. Her keen interest in questions related to behavioral economics led her to join the Faculty of Business and Economics of Lausanne University where she participated on a project that investigated the impact of emotional stimuli on different economic games (Ultimatum Game/probabilistic investment game) using electro-physiological and behavioral measures. She then pursued this empirical exploration of decision-making processes at the "Laboratory of Experimental Neurophsychology" of the Geneva University Hospital (HUG), where she considered the issue from a social interactions perspective by evaluating the capacity to assess the trustworthiness of economic partners.
Her experimental and theoretical expertise of economic games and decision-making positioned her well to join the Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab in 2015 as a PhD student and teaching assistant.
Conscious of the challenges posed by limited resources, Céline has focused her research on the study of cooperation in support of sustainable investments. In line with this, she focuses on capturing the conflict of individual versus collective interests through the use of the social dilemmas experimental paradigm, in order to identify the levers most likely to promote sustainable behaviors.
She considers the role of emotions in this particular type of decision and studies the impact of both incidental emotions (with no direct link to the object of the decision) and integral emotions (triggered by the object of the decision).
In parallel, she is interested in individual factors such as values, moral foundations and traits as predictors of behavior in this type of task. Lastly, she draws on theories from behavioral economics to identify the impact of task structure on cooperation, particularly the framing of a task in terms of gain or loss.
Her role as teaching assistant supplements her scientific experience with the education and evaluation of students enrolled in the "Environmental psychology" lecture and the "Affect and Decision-making" seminar. In this capacity, Céline gives a lecture on social dilemmas and facilitates sessions related to the development of behavioral intervention strategies. She also takes part in the supervision of several Masters research projects.
Céline has a keen interest in other cultures and in the different political and economic structures of emerging countries. She is thus particularly interested in the cross-cultural aspects of sustainable development, especially with regards to waste management and renewable energies.
A main driver of her work is a desire to leverage the empirical results of behavioral sciences and of her own research to develop a set of tools conducive to behavioral changes that can support the principles of sustainable development in both Switzerland and the rest of the world.
Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab
Department of Psychology
University of Geneva
40, Boulevard du Pont d’Arve
1205 Geneva, Switzerland