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November 2020


Dear IPSY members:


You have in front of your eyes the first IPSY newsletter, the culmination of a project that was carried by Nadine Fraselle and Laure Himmer.  Its objective is to keep you informed of important events within our community: arrivals and departures of members, doctoral theses, prizes awarded to our members, scientific events, etc...  In the dehumanizing situation of confinement that we are going through, this initiative will help maintain the ties that unite us and bring us together around common goals.  Do not hesitate to contact directly the bearers of the different projects described in this Newsletter and to break the isolation induced by confinement.

Do not hesitate either to send us any relevant information for future editions.

Enjoy your reading!

Pierre Philippot, IPSY President



Welcome to all the people who have joined us since January 2020:

  • In the administrative staff : Achraf Tssiche (logistics and accounting manager) and Laure Himmer (research secretary)
  • In the scientific staff : Magali Beylat, Noémie Brison, Anaëlle Camarda, Sarah Carneiro Pereira, Filippo Cerpelloni, Hubert de Condé, Charlie Devleeschouwer, Hélène Dumont,  Maïlis Gigi, Joanne Gosselain, Pauline Grippa, Said Ibrahim Sameh, Mareike Kaemmerer,  Veena Kamble, Alice Laniepce, Marie Nilles, Fiorentino Polipo Niccolo, Alexia Roux-Sibilon, Christa Taylor, Alice Van Audenhaege, Nadia Zacharioudakis

If your name does not appear on this list, please contact Nadine Fraselle who will integrate you in the Institute’s mailing lists.


The FNRS Quinquennal Awards 2020 rewards Professor Vassilis Saroglou for the excellence of his research.  

Every 5 years, the The FNRS Quinquennial Awards reward 5 outstanding researchers of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation in the field of biomedical sciences (fundamental and clinical), exact sciences (fundamental and applied) and human and social sciences. Researchers who, each in their own field, have made it possible to push back the frontiers of knowledge. Our colleague Vassilis Saroglou has just received the prize for the human and social sciences. We warmly congratulate him for his bold and innovative work, his recognition within international organizations and the intellectual leadership he exercises in his field of research.

Ne manquez pas ci-dessous, l’interview du Professeur V. Saroglou par le Professeur A. Heeren.


Professor Annalisa Casini receives the "Gender & Covid-19" award from the Women & Science Committee of ARES


The Women & Science Committee has awarded six prizes in the framework of the exceptional "Gender & Covid-19" Prize. Submissions could take place in the following categories: human and social sciences, health science, science and technology and art.


The committee awarded a prize to Annalisa Casini and Florence Degavre for their research work on the theme: "The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the family/work conflict in the home-care professions". The research aims to understand the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on workers and to study their individual and collective strategies for dealing with it. It mobilizes the concept of family-work conflict, which calls upon the notions of gender identity, psychosocial factors and organizational support.


The activities around research within the Institute have not stopped despite the current health crisis, they are simply adapted to it. Here is a brief overview.


Doing my research in a pandemic situation

October 22, 2020

 This Teams event was a first informal contact during which researchers communicated the difficulties they are encountering, expressed their concerns and frustrations, and shared solutions, original means and other features of inventiveness that might allow them to optimize their resilience.

Several initiatives are likely to counter the deleterious effects of "COVID" measures on the social life in our IPSY community. The IPSY Bureau is now implementing these initiatives in collaboration with the CORSCI. 


PhDs @ Work

October 28, 2020

Sophie Leclère is responsible for the administrative coordination and valorization of the PhD in UCLouvain research administration. She coordinates various actions that have led to the publication of three very useful tools focused on the development and promotion of doctoral students' skills.

- A brochure on self-evaluation of competences

- A training catalog

- A "Net@Work" brochure on professional opportunities after the PhD thesis

She presented the tools on a Teams event that was another opportunity to develop social and support networks among PhD students.

Please find detailed information about these tools on our intranet: https://intranet.uclouvain.be/fr/myucl/instituts-recherche/ipsy/outils.html
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OnlineXP Forum

October 28, 2020

This forum provided an opportunity to discuss the implementation of online experiment software and to allow the maintenance of research activity during COVID19 restrictions. The participants reviewed some experiment software solutions as well as the pricing and possible solutions to obtain and use the tools.


You will find below the agenda of the PhD theses presented since January 2020.


On January 30, 2020, Gil Vertongen has publicly defended his PhD thesis : 

Success of adults returning to university: an integrative perspective

Supervisors:   Prof. Frédéric Nils, Françoise de Viron


On March 13, 2020, Matthias De Wilde has publicly defended his PhD thesis : 

From passive to active self-objectification

Supervisors:   Prof. Stephanie Demoulin, Annalisa Casini


On April 21, 2020, Pierre Gérain has publicly defended his PhD thesis : 

Caring until it hurts : an investigation of informal caregiver burnout

Supervisor:   Prof. Emmanuelle Zech


On May 12, 2020, François Moors has publicly defended his PhD thesis : 

The Emergence of the Therapeutic Relationship: An Enlightenment through the Interpersonal Paradigm

Supervisor:   Prof. Emmanuelle Zech


On May 18, 2020, Hélène Henry has publicly defended her PhD thesis:
What are the opportunities for better aging at work?

Supervisor:   Prof. Donatienne Desmette


On May 28, 2020, Gaëtan Devos has publicly defended his PhD thesis : 

Impulsivity and gambling-related cognitions in problem gambling : a multi-methods exploration

Supervisors:   Prof. Joel Bilieux, Pierre Maurage 


On June 17, 2020, Kirsten Petras has publicly defended her PhD thesis:
Redundancy in the visual system

Supervisor:   Prof. Valérie Goffaux


On July 10, 2020, Laurie Geers has publicly defended her PhD thesis:
Beyond the duality of vision: Experimental study of the interaction between perception and action using visual illusions

Supervisors:   Prof. Michael Andres, Mauro Pesenti


On September 10, 2020, Nathan Nguyen has publicly defended his PhD thesis : 

Organizational dehumanization and emotional work: smiling or not smiling when we are dehumanized by our organization

Supervisor:   Prof. Florence Stinglhamber


On September 25, 2020, Sébastien Dellisse has publicly defended his PhD thesis : 

Supporting Change in Teaching Practices: A Quasi-Experimental Study of Reading Comprehension Learning in Early Secondary School

Supervisors:   Prof. Benoit Galand, Xavier Dumay


On September 29, 2020, Maria Toth-Gauthier has publicly defended her PhD thesis:
The contribution of intelligence to metaphysical questioning in young people with high intellectual potential
Supervisor:   Prof. James Day


On September 29, 2020, Sullivan Fontesse has publicly defended his PhD thesis : 

Dehumanisation in severe alcohol use disorder : identification of its relationship with patients' emotions, cognitions, behaviours, mental health and clinical prognosis


Supervisor:   Prof. Pierre Maurage


On October 27, 2020, Claudia-Neptina Manea has publicly defended her PhD thesis:

Woman, man or simply negociator? The antecedents and consequences of gender ideologies in negociation
Supervisors:   Prof. Stéphanie Demoulin, Vincent Yzerbyt


On November 4, 2020, Angélique Volfart has publicly defended her PhD thesis:
Study of the ventral visual system in temporal lobe epilepsy from a new approach in electrophysiology

Supervisors:   Prof. Bruno Rossion, Jacques Jonas, Valérie Goffaux


On November 13, 2020, Julie Terache has publicly defended her PhD thesis:
The big two in social comparison: compensation between competence and warmth in interpersonal comparisons involving the self

Supervisor:   Prof. Vincent Yzerbyt


We are pleased to invite you to the GIRSEF meeting that will be held on Wednesday,

December 2, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, on the subject :

Well-being and motivation of students in times of pandemic.
Results of two recent studies with secondary school students

Speakers : Noémie Baudoin, Liesje Coertjens, Sébastien Dellisse and Benoît Galand

Due to the new measures that have come into force at UCLouvain, in connection with the health situation, this Girsef meeting will only be held online on Teams.

We ask you to register before November 23rd via the following link:

Teams link https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a3a3c0eaf60fe43358f98c3b54db1d12c%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=c511e349-e0ea-466d-b635-9bcc66c6912a&tenantId=7ab090d4-fa2e-4ecf-bc7c-4127b4d582ec–  
Access code : on8nicd

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