Serge Nicolas


NICOLAS Serge, Professeur


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Spécialiste en histoire de la psychologie et de la philosophie, 
et spécialiste en psychologie cognitive de la mémoire humaine.




Papers on "Memory and Psychology"


Makowski D, Sperduti M, Pelletier J, Blondé P, La Corte V, Arcangeli M, Zalla T, Lemaire S, Dokic J, Nicolas S, Piolino P. (2019). Phenomenal, bodily and brain correlates of fictional reappraisal as an implicit emotion regulation strategy. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2019 Jan 4. 

Makowski D, Sperduti M, Lavallée S, Nicolas S, Piolino P. (2019). Dispositional mindfulness attenuates the emotional attentional blink.Conscious Cogn. 2019 Jan;67:16-25. 

Lhuillier, S., Gyselinck, V., Dutriaux, L., Grison, E., & Nicolas, S. (2018). "Like a ball and chain": Altering locomotion effort perception distorts spatial representations. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 60, 63-71. 

Makowski D, Sperduti M, Nicolas S, Piolino P. (2017). "Being there" and remembering it: Presence improves memory encoding. Conscious Cogn. 2017 Aug;53:194-202. 

Gounden Y, Cerroti F, Nicolas S. (2017). Secondary distinctiveness effects: Orthographic distinctiveness and bizarreness effects make independent contributions to memory performance. Scand J Psychol. 2017 Feb;58(1):9-14. 

Makowski D, Sperduti M, Blanchet S, Nicolas S, Piolino P. (2015). [Emotion regulation and the cognitive decline in aging: beyond the paradox]. Geriatr Psychol Neuropsychiatr Vieil. 2015 Sep;13(3):301-8. 

Gounden Y, Nicolas S. (2015). Investigating secondary-distinctiveness-based effects in aging and Alzheimer's disease patients. Scand J Psychol. 2015 Jun;56(3):283-9. 

Guida*, A., Gobet, F., & Nicolas. S. (2013). Functional cerebral reorganization: A signature of expertise? Reexamining Guida, Gobet, Tardieu, and Nicolas' (2012) two-stage framework. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 590. 

Guida*, A., Gras*, D., Noel, Y., Le Bohec, O., Quaireau, C., & Nicolas. S. (2013). The effect of long-term working memory through personalization applied to free recall: Uncurbing the primacy effect enthusiasm. Memory & Cognition, 41, 571-587.

Guida*, A., Tardieu, H., Le Bohec, O., & Nicolas, S. (2013). Are schemas sufficient to account for the personalisation effect? Only if long-term working memory backs up! European Review of Applied Psychology, 63, 99-107.

Picucci*, L., Gyselinck, V., Nicolas, S., Piolino, P. & Bosco, A. (2013). Spatial mental models: The interaction of presentation format, task requirements and availability of working memory components. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27, 314-327.

Dubuisson*, J. B., Fiori, N., & Nicolas, S. (2012). Repetition and spacing effects on true and false recognition in the DRM Paradigm. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 53, 382-389.

Gounden*, Y., & Nicolas, S. (2012). Ageing and Secondary-Distinctiveness-Based Effects: The Orthographic Distinctiveness Effect Is More Robust than the Bizarreness Effect. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65, 1820-1832.

Guida*, A., Gobet, F., Tardieu, H., & Nicolas, S. (2012). How chunks, retrieval structures and templates affer a cognitive explanation for neuroimaging data on expertise acquisition: A two-stage framework.Brain and Cognition, 79, 221-244.
Gounden*, Y., & Nicolas, S. (2012). The impact of processing time on the bizarreness and orthographic distinctiveness effects. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 53, 287-294.

Gras*, D., Tardieu, H., & Nicolas, S. (2012). Predictive Inference Activation: Interest of a Stroop-like task. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 71, 141-148.

Plancher*, G., Tirard, A., Gyselinck, V., Nicolas, S., & Piolino, P. (2012). Using virtual reality to characterize episodic memory profiles in amnestic mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease : influence of active and passive encoding. Neuropsychologia, 50, 592-602.


Papers on "History of Psychology"


Nicolas, S., & Vobořil, D. (2018). Weber's compass and aesthesiometers: History of the technical evolution of devices for tactile discrimination. L'Année Psychologique / Topic in Cognitive Psychology, in press.
Nicolas, S. (2018). Maurice Reuchlin et son histoire de la psychologie. L'Orientation Scolaire et Professionnelle, 47(1), 41-60.
Nicolas, S. (2018). Une histoire de la psychologie. In Universalia 2018 (pp.  287-291). Paris : Encyclopaedia Universalis.

Nicolas, S., & Vobořil, D. (2018). Weber's compass and aesthesiometers: History of the technical evolution of devices for tactile discrimination. L'Année Psychologique / Topic in Cognitive Psychology, in press.

Nicolas, S. (2018). Maurice Reuchlin et son histoire de la psychologie. L'Orientation Scolaire et Professionnelle, 47(1), 41-60.

Nicolas, S. (2018). Une histoire de la psychologie. In Universalia 2018 (pp.  287-291). Paris : Encyclopaedia Universalis.Nicolas S. (2016). THE IMPORTANCE OF INSTRUMENT MAKERS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: THE CASE OF ALFRED BINET AT THE SORBONNE LABORATORY. J Hist Behav Sci. 2016 Jul;52(3):231-57. 


Nicolas S, Thompson PB. (2015). The Hipp chronoscope versus the d'Arsonval chronometer: laboratory instruments measuring reaction times that distinguish German and French orientations of psychology. Hist Psychol. 2015 Nov;18(4):367-84. 


Burman JT, Guida A, Nicolas S. (2015). Hearing the inaudible experimental subject: Echoes of Inaudi, Binet's calculating prodigy. Hist Psychol. 2015 Feb;18(1):47-68. 

Nicolas S, Young JL. (2014). A French description of the Psychology Laboratory of G. S. Hall at Clark University in 1893. Am J Psychol. 2014 Winter;127(4):527-35.

Cornish-Bowden A, Mazat JP, Nicolas S. (2014). Victor Henri: 111 years of his equation. Biochimie. 2014 Dec;107 Pt B:161-6. 

Skauli T, Torkildsen HE, Nicolas S, Opsahl T, Haavardsholm T, Kåsen I, Rognmo A. (2014). Compact camera for multispectral and conventional imaging based on patterned filters. Appl Opt. 2014 May 1;53(13):C64-71. 

Nicolas S, Barnes ME, Murray DJ. (2015). A French description of German psychology laboratories in 1893 by Victor Henri, a collaborator of Binet. Psychol Res. 2015 May;79(3):361-70. 

Nicolas S, Guida A, Levine Z. (2014). Broca and Charcot's research on Jacques Inaudi: the psychological and anthropological study of a mental calculator. J Hist Neurosci. 2014;23(2):140-59. 

Johnson, J., Lorch, M., Nicolas, S., & Graziano, A. (2013). Jean-Martin Charcot's role in the nineteenth-century study of "music aphasia". Brain, 136 (5), 1662-1670.

Nicolas, S. (2013). "A Big Piece of News": Théodule Ribot and the Founding of the "Revue Philosophique de la France et de l’Etranger". Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 49, 1-17.

Nicolas, S., Gounden*, Y., & Piolino, P. (2013). Victor and Catherine Henri on earliest recollections. L'Année Psychologique / Topic in Cognitive Psychology, 113 (3), 351-376.

Nicolas, S., Andrieu, B., Croizet, J. C., Sanitioso, R. B., & Burman, J. T. (2013). Sick? or Slow? On the origins of intelligence as a psychological object. Intelligence, 41, n° 5, 699-711.

Nicolas, S., & Levine, Z. (2012). Beyond intelligence testing : Remembering Alfred Binet after a century. European Psychologist, 17, 320-325.

Nicolas, S., & Sanitioso, R. B. (2012). Alfred Binet and experimental psychology at the Sorbonne laboratory. History of Psychology, 15, 328-363.

Nicolas, S., Ross, H., & Murray, D. J. (2012). Charpentier's papers of 1886 and 1891 on weight perception and the size-weight illusion. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 115, 120-141.


Chapitre d’ouvrage

Nicolas, S. (2013). Préface. In Q. Simon, La mémoire dans la poche (pp. 9-10). Fontenay-le-Comte : Lussaud.

Pereira Da Costa,  M., Zenasni, F., Nicolas, S., & Lubart, T. (2013). Alfred Binet, a creative life in measurement and pedagogy. In A. Robinson & J. L. Jolly (Eds.), A century of contributions to gifted education: Illuminating lives (pp. 23-40). New York & London: Routledge.

Nicolas, S. (2012). Théodule Ribot : Le philosophie, la mémoire et l'imagination. In J.-F Marmion (Eds.), Histoire de la psychologie (pp. 35-37). Auxerre : Sciences Humaines Editions.


Article « Histoire de la psychologie » publié dans une revue de vulgarisation

- Nicolas, S. (2012). Alfred Binet ou les prémices du QI. Cerveau & PsychoL'essentiel, n° 9, février-avril, pp. 10-14.


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Edition d’ouvrages historiques chez L’Harmattan (coll. Encyclopédie Psychologique)

- Binet, A. (2013). Premiers écrits psychologiques (1880-1886). Paris : L’Harmattan. [à paraître]
- Royer-Collard (2013). Ecrits philosophiques et psychologiques. Paris : L'Harmattan.

- Binet, A. (2012). Nouveaux écrits populaires de psychologie. Paris : L’Harmattan.



Nicolas, S. (2018). La mesure de la vie mentale et les premiers instruments emblématiques de la psychologie de laboratoire. Paris : Université Paris Descartes.

Nicolas, S. (2013).Histoire de la psychologie (nouvelle édition)Paris : Dunod (Coll. Topos) (128 pages). (1re édition en 2011)


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