Pierrick Laulan

Pierrick Laulan

Dr en psychologie, post-doctorant

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Research themes

I am interested in the modulation of memory by emotions.

During my PhD at the University of Bordeaux (France) under the supervision of Prof. S. Mathey and Prof. G. Catheline, I studied the retrieval processes of emotional words in long-term memory (access to the mental lexicon and episodic memory) using behavioral (progressive demasking, free recall, recognition) and neuroimaging (fMRI) paradigms. A significant part of my work was also to determine to what extent aging influences the retrieval of emotional words in long-term memory.

The objective of my post-doctorate at the CIGEV under the supervision of Pr U. Rimmele will be to determine under which precise conditions emotions can boost/influence memory in older adults, by studying more particularly the item-context associative memory (emotions can be carried either by the items or by the context). For this, we will use both behavioral and neuroimaging paradigms.


  • Laulan, P., Catheline, G., Mayo, W., Robert, C., & Mathey, S. (2021). The age-related positivity effect: forgetting the negative and/or remembering the positive? An inter-task study. Gériatrie et psychologie neuropsychiatrie du vieillissement, 1(1).
  • Laulan, P., Catheline, G., Mayo, W., Robert, C., & Mathey, S. (2021). Age-related positivity effect: distinct mechanisms for lexical access and episodic memory of emotional words. Psychology and Aging. [submitted].

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