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Julien Mercier – Director

Julien Mercier holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology (UQTR), a masters in education (UQTR), and a Ph.D. in applied cognitive science (McGill). His career is based on the optimization of human interaction in the service of learning. Specialized in applied cognitive science, he understands the human being as an "architecture" that works through psychophysiological, cognitive and social-cognitive processes that have dynamic links between them. Overall, his research has contributed to the understanding of the opportunities and limits of the learner when he/she is placed, individually or as a team, in learning situations involving very complex processes supported by complex knowledge in the areas of statistics, the teaching of reading and physics. These learning contexts involve from time to time the use of technologies, including tutoring systems and virtual reality.

Patrick Charland

Patrick Charland holds a bachelor degree in secondary teaching, a master in physics and doctoral degree in educational sciences. In complement to his primary research interests related to teaching / learning of science and technology, he also acquired an expertise in the use of data collection methods developed in neuroscience. He is specialized in the study of the dynamic of interactions between the dimensions of engagement and situational interest in real time. He is therefore familiar with the collection and analysis of behavioral (computer traces, self-reported questionnaires, eye tracking movements, etc.), cognitive (electroencephalography, pupillometry, electrocardiography, etc.) and emotional (electrodermal activity, automatic facial recognition of emotions, etc.) data. He is finally specialized in the techniques related to the synchronization of data collected from various sources.

Dave Saint-Amour

Dave Saint-Amour is professor in the Department of Psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He has founded the Centre de recherche en neurosciences de l'Université du Québec à Montréal (NeuroQAM) and currently holds the Chair in Environmental Neuropsychotoxicology. He is leading the Neurovisual Electrophysiology Laboratory, which focuses on the neurophysiology of the human visual system in individuals with or without developmental disorders. His primary research interests are within the fields of cognitive neuroscience with high interests in the neurodevelopment of children exposed to environmental chemicals. His research program aims to establish a global picture of how different toxicants alter the development of the brain function. The privileged approach to address these issues in humans is functional brain imaging including high-density EEG, MEG and MRI. By combining psychophysics and brain recording techniques, he aims to better understand the links between brain physiology and perception.

Research personnel



Research assistants

  • Mélanie Bédard
  • Hugo Lapierre
  • Yannick Skelling-Desmeules

Masters and Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows

Mélanie Bédard

Title of project : Contribution of lexical semantics to the compensation of a severe deficit in word identification processes in elementary students

Yannick Skelling-Desmeules

Title of project : Evaluating the dynamics of interactions between dimensions of engagement and cognitive workload during an educational video game task

Alexandra Bolduc

Title of project : Effect of context-based learning integrating environmental preoccupations on girls and boys situationnal interest : a psychophysiological study

Hugo G. Lapierre

Title of project : Designing and testing of an e-learning training in educational robotics for teachers of science and technology in high school

To complement the team of researchers and students, the laboratory benefits from the services of a maintenance technician and coordinator, technical assistants, analysts and a programmer.





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