Alice Normand

PhD in Social Psychology


Assistant Professor (Maître de Conférences)


Clermont Auvergne Université

UFR Psychologie



34 avenue Carnot

63037 Clermont-Ferrand Cedex 1


Phone (TĂ©l): +33 (0)4 73 40 61 54

Broadly speaking, my research investigates how cognitive functioning - even basic attentional processes - is socially and contextually situated. My main research interests are:


Evaluative pressure and selective attention: I have studied how the mere feeling of evaluation (e.g., performance settings, social comparison, evaluative pressure) affects people's attentional processing. I am specifically interested in the changes that occur at a low-level of cognitive functioning and the potential disruption of automatic processes.

Collaborators: Jean-Claude Croizet (University Clermont Auvergne), Frédérique Autin (University of Poitiers), Cédric Bouquet (University of Poitiers), Pascal Huguet (University Clermont Auvergne), Clément Belletier (Unviersity of Zurich)


Financial scarcity (poverty), social inequalities, attention and decision-making: I have started a new research program on the cognitive impact of financial scarcity by investigating how being (or feeling) poor impairs individuals' cognitive functioning and subsequent decision-making and how high-social inequalities may amplifiy the detrimental cognitive effects of lacking money.

Collaborators: Nicolas Sommet (University of Lausanne), CĂ©line Darnon (University Clermont Auvergne), Laetitia Silvert (University Clermont Auvergne)


School disengagement and self-esteem. This research program examines the role of self-esteem in the vicious circle of dropping out of school. As a collaborator, I specifically participate in research investigating the role of non-verbal behaviors of teachers on psychological disengagement among low-SES students.

Main investigator: Delphine Martinot (University Clermont Auvergne). Other collaborator: Frédérique Autin


Human-robot interactions: This multidisciplinary research program gathers researchers in psychology, robotics and philosophy to examine the psychological impact of human-robots interactions.

Main collaborators: Nicolas Spatola, Ludovic Ferrand, Pascal Huguet (University Clermont Auvergne)

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