Je m’intéresse au développement du contrôle cognitif et à ses implications dans le raisonnement, la mémoire et les apprentissages.
CONTRATS DE RECHERCHE EN COURS
1. ANR DOPCONTROL ( 2015-2019) : Porteur : A. BLAYE ; Co-Porteurs : B.BURLE, CNRS & AMU ; J. LUCENET, Université de Bordeaux
Optimisation du contrôle cognitif : Approches comportementale, électrophysiologique et en neuroimagerie du développement normal et pathologique :
2. ANR-FNS MEMOGOAL (2015-2018) Co-porteurs : V. CAMOS & A. BLAYE
Goal setting in working memory. Its critical role in preschoolers :
Working memory (WM) is one of the most important concepts of cognitive and developmental psychology. WM can be understood as a capacity-limited system involved in all the mental activities that require processing information while concurrent active maintenance of information in short-term memory is needed. WM is thus a central system of the Human cognitive architecture. Moreover, the development of WM is conceived to play a leading role in cognitive development. Despite its important role in cognitive development, a model of WM development is still missing (Cowan & Alloway, 2009), and a variety of factors is evoked to account for the developmental changes observed throughout childhood (Barrouillet & Gaillard, 2011, for review). Among these changes, children aged between 4 and 6 are often described as having a different WM functioning than older children and adults (e.g., Gathercole, Pickering, Ambridge, & Wearing, 2004). Based on recent findings on the role of goal maintenance in young children’s cogntive control (Chevalier & Blaye, 2009 ; BLaye & Chevalier, 2014), we hypothesize that developmental changes in WM between preschoolers and school-aged children could reflect a form of goal neglect rather than a lack of maintenance strategies.