Grégoire Borst (Prof.)

Grégoire Borst

Grégoire Borst

I am a professor in developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience of education at Paris Descartes University. I serve as the adjunct director of the LaPsyDE and as the head of the Master degree of psychology and of the Master specialty "Développement cognitif et social de l'enfant et de l'adolescent".  

I obtained my PhD in 2004 from the Paris South University. I was then a postdoctoral fellow from 2006 to 2010 at Harvard University in Stephen M. Kosslyn Lab before being hired as an Associate Professor at Paris Descartes University. 

My work focuses essentially on the role of inhibitory control in the neurocognitive development of children and adolescent. More specifically I am interested on the extent to which inhibitory control is a domain-general or domain-specific process and whether this generality varies with age. I also study the role of inhibitory control on school learning (reading, mathematics, orthography and science), on perspective taking, and on Theory of Mind. Recently i became interested on the possibility to train inhibitory control. Finally, I investigate the effect of an innovative pedagogy in science on the ability to inhibit misconception in science in primary school (Fondation LAMAP, Academy of sciences) and at the university (Institute Villebon-Charpak).

Contact: gregoire.borst@parisdescartes.fr

Publications

Journal articles

In press

Aïte, A., Berthoz, A., Vidal, J., Roell, M., Zaoui, M., Houdé, O., & Borst, G. (2015). Taking a third-person perspective requires inhibitory control: Evidence from a developmental negative priming study. Child Development (in press).

Brault Foisy, L.-M., Ahr, E., Masson, S., Borst, G., & Houdé, O. (2015). Blocking our brain: When we need to inhibit repetitive mistakes! Frontiers for Young Minds (in press).

Cassotti, M., Agogué, M., Camarda, A., Houdé, O., & Borst, G. (2015). Inhibitory control as a core process of creative problem solving and ideas generation from childhood to adulthood. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development (in press).

Habib, M., Borst, G., Poirel, N., Houdé, O., Moutier, S., & Cassotti, M. (2015). Socio-emotional context and adolescents’ decision making: The experience of regret and relief after social comparison. Journal of Research on Adolescence. DOI: 10.1111/jora.12092 (in press).

Krakowski, C.S., Borst, G., Pineau, A., Houdé, O., & Poirel, N. (2015). You can detect the trees as well as the forest when adding the leaves: Evidence from visual search tasks containing three-level hierarchical stimuli. Acta Psychologica (in press).

Lanoë, C., Lubin, A., Vidal, J., Houdé O., & Borst, G. (2015). Inhibitory control is needed to overcome written verb inflection errors: Evidence from a developmental negative priming study. Cognitive Development (in press).

Linzarini, A., Houdé, O., & Borst, G. (2015). When Stroop helps Piaget: An inter-task positive priming paradigm in 9-year-old children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 139, 71–82.

Wantz, A. L., Borst, G., Mast, F. W., Lobmaier, J. S. (2015). Colors in mind: A novel paradigm to investigate color imagery. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000079 (in press). 

2015

Borst, G., Ahr, E., Roell, M., & Houdé, O. (2015). The cost of blocking the mirror-generalization process in reading: Evidence for the role of inhibitory control in discriminating letters with lateral mirror-image counterparts. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 228-234.

Borst, G., Aïte, A., & Houdé, O. (2015). Inhibition of misleading heuristics as a core mechanism for typical cognitive development: evidence from behavioural and brain-imaging studies. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 57, 21-25.

Habib, M., Borst, G., Poirel, N., Houdé, O., Moutier, S., & Cassotti, M. (2015). Socio-emotional context and adolescents’ decision making: The experience of regret and relief after social comparison. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25, 81-91.

Habib, M., Cassotti, M., Moutier, S., Houdé, O., & Borst, G. (2015). Fear and anger have opposite effects on risk seeking in the gain frame. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:253. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00253

Houdé, O., & Borst, G. (2015). Evidence for an inhibitory-control theory of the reasoning brain. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9:148. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00148

Linzarini, A., Houdé, O., & Borst, G. (2015). When Stroop helps Piaget: An inter-task positive priming paradigm in 9-year-old children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 139, 71–82. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2015.05.010

2014

Aïte, A., Barrault, S., Cassotti, M., Borst, G., Bonnaire, C., Houdé, O., Varescon, I., & Moutier, S. (2014). The impact of alexithymia in pathological gamblers' decision-making skills: A preliminary study on pathological gamblers recruited in an ecological setting. Cognitive Behavioral Neurology, 27, 59-67.

Borst, G.*, Cachia, A.*, Vidal., J., Simon, G., Fischer, C., Pineau, A., Poirel, N., Mangin, J.-F., & Houdé, O. (2014). Folding of the anterior cingulate cortex partially explains inhibitory control during childhood: A longitudinal study. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 9, 126-135.

Borst, G., & Houdé, O. (2014). Inhibitory control as a core mechanism for cognitive development and learning at school. Perspectives on Language and Literacy (Special Issue on Executive functions edited by A. Diamond), 41-44.

Cachia, A.*, Borst, G.*, Vidal, J., Pineau, A., Fisher, C., Mangin, J-F., & Houdé, O. (2014). The shape of the anterior cingulate cortex contributes to inhibitory control efficiency in preschoolers. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 96-106.

Cassotti, M., Aïte, A., Osmont, A., Houdé, O., & Borst, G. (2014). What have we learned about the processes involved in the Iowa Gambling Task from developmental studies? Frontiers in Psychology, 5:915. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00915.

Houdé, O., & Borst, G. (2014). Measuring inhibitory control in children and adults: Brain imaging and mental chronometry. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology (Research Topic: Development of executive function during childhood, edited by Y. Moriguchi, P. Zelazo, and N. Chevalier): doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00616.

Poirel, N., Krakowski, C.-S., Sayah, S., Pineau, A., Houdé, O., & Borst, G. (2014). Do you want to see the tree? Ignore the forest. Inhibitory control during local processing: A negative priming study of local-global processing. Experimental Psychology, 61, 205-214.

2013

Aïte, A., Borst, G., Moutier, S., Varescon, I., Brown, I., Houdé, O., & Cassotti, M. (2013). Impact of emotional context congruency on decision making under ambiguity. Emotion, 13(2), 177-182.

Borst, G. (2013). Fear Improves Mental Rotation of Low-Spatial-Frequency Visual Representation. Emotion, 13, 811-816.

Borst, G., Graeme, S., & Kosslyn, S. M. (2013). Fear and anxiety module mental rotation. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 24, 665-671.

Borst, G., Pineau, A., Poirel, N., Cassotti, M., & Houdé, O. (2013). Inhibitory control efficiency in a Piaget-like class-inclusion task in school-age children and adults: A developmental negative priming study. Developmental Psychology, 49, 1366-1374.

Borst, G., Simon, G., Vidal, J., & Houdé, O. (2013). Inhibitory control and visuospatial reversibility in Piaget’s seminal number-conservation task: A high-density ERP study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7:920. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00920.

Chabris, C. F., Lee, J. J., Benjamin, D. J., Beauchamp, J. P., Glaeser, E. L., Borst, G., Pinker, S., & Laibson, D. I. (2013). Why is it hard to find genes that are associated with social science traits? Theoretical and empirical considerations. American Journal of Public Health, 103, S152-166.

Kim, S., Borst, G., Thompson, W.L., Hopkins, R.O., Kosslyn, S.M., & Squire L.R. (2013). Sparing of spatial mental imagery in patients with hippocampal lesions. Learning & Memory, 20, 657-663.

Lubin, A., Vidal, J., Lanoë, C., Houdé, O., & Borst, G. (2013). Inhibitory control is needed for the resolution of arithmetic word problems: A developmental negative priming study. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105, 3, 701-708.

2012

Borst, G., Poirel, N., Pineau, A., Cassotti, M., & Houdé, O. (2012). Inhibitory control in number-conservation and class-inclusion tasks: A neo-Piagetian inter-tasks priming study. Cognitive Development, 27, 283-298.

Borst, G., Ganis, G., Thompson, W. L., & Kosslyn, S. M. (2012). Representations in mental imagery and working memory: Evidence from different types of visual masks. Memory & Cognition, 40, 204-217.

Borst, G., Niven, N., & Logie, R. H. (2012). Visual mental image generation does not overlap with visual short-term memory: A dual-task interference study. Memory & Cognition, 40, 360-372.

Poirel, N.*, Borst, G.*, Simon, G., Rossi, S., Cassotti, M., Pineau, A., & Houdé, O. (2012). Number conservation is related to children's prefrontal inhibitory control: An fMRI study of a Piagetian task. PLoS ONE 7(7): e40802. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040802.

Habib, M., Cassotti, M., Borst, G., Simon, G., Pineau, A., Houdé, O., & Moutier, S. (2012). Counterfactually mediated emotions: a developmental study of regret and relief. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 112(2), 265-274.

2011

Van der Ham, I., & Borst, G. (2011). The nature of categorical and coordinate spatial relation processing: An interference study. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23, 922-930.

Borst, G., Thompson, W. L., & Kosslyn, S. M. (2011). Understanding the dorsal and ventral systems of the cortex: Beyond dichotomies. American Psychologist, 66, 624-632.

Van der Ham, I., & Borst, G. (2011). Individual differences in spatial relation processing: Effect of gender, abilities and strategies. Brain and Cognition, 76, 184-190.

Lewis, K., Borst, G., & Kosslyn, S. M. (2011). Integrating images and percepts: New evidence for depictive representation. Psychological Research, 75, 259-271.

Borst, G., Kievit, R. A., Thompson, W. L., & Kosslyn, S. M. (2011). Mental rotation is not easily cognitively penetrable. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23, 60-75.

2010

Borst, G. & Kosslyn, S. M. (2010). Varying the scope of attention alters the encoding of categorical and coordinate spatial relations. Neuropsychologia, 48, 2769-2772.

Borst, G., & Kosslyn, S. M. (2010). Fear selectively modulates visual mental imagery and visual perception. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65, 833-839.

Borst, G., & Kosslyn, S. M. (2010). Individual differences in spatial imagery. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63, 2031-2050.

Afonso, A., Blum, A., Katz, B. F. G., Tarroux, P., Borst, G., & Denis, M. (2010). Structural properties of spatial representations in blind people: Scanning images constructed from haptic exploration or from locomotion in a 3-D audio virtual environment. Memory & Cognition, 38, 591-604.

2008

Borst, G., & Kosslyn, S. M. (2008). Visual mental imagery and visual perception: Structural equivalence revealed by scanning processes. Memory & Cognition, 36, 849-862.

2006

Borst, G., Kosslyn, S. M., & Denis, M. (2006). Different cognitive processes in two image scanning paradigms. Memory & Cognition, 34, 475-490. 

Book chapters

Borst, G. (2013). Neural bases of shape-based mental imagery, spatial imagery, and motor imagery. In K. Ochsner and S. M. Kosslyn (Eds). Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Neuroscience (pp. 74-87). New York: Oxford University Press.

Borst, G., Moutier, S., & Houdé, O. (2013). Negative priming in logicomathematical reasoning: The cost of blocking your intuition. In W. De Neys and M. Osman (Eds.). New Approaches in Reasoning Research - Current Issues in Thinking & Reasoning (pp. 34-50). New York: Psychology Press.

Borst, G., & Kosslyn, S. M. (2012). Structural and functional equivalence between mental imagery and visual perception as revealed by image scanning. In V. Gyselinck & F. Pazzaglia (Eds.). From Mental Imagery to Spatial Cognition and Language (pp. 19-42). New York: Psychology Press.

Denis, M., & Borst, G. (2006). Variations on the image scanning paradigm: What do they contribute to our knowledge of mental imagery? In: T. Vecchi & G. Bottini (Eds.), Imagery and spatial cognition: Methods, models and cognitive assessment (pp. 62-81). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Oral and poster presentations

Borst, G. (2012). Inhibitory control in number-conservation and class-inclusion tasks: Neo-Piagetian inter-tasks priming studies and brain imaging data. Invited speaker. 31th International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa, July 22-27.  

Borst, G. (2012). Emotion modulate mental rotation speed. Oral presentation. 13th European Workshop on Imagery and Cognition, Bochum, Germany, June 20-22.

Borst, G., Poirel, N., Pineau, A., & Houdé, O. (2012). Number conservation and class inclusion rely on the same ability to inhibit misleading strategies. Oral presentation.  42nd Annual Meeting of The Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, Canada, May 31–June 2.

Kim, S., Borst, G., Thompson, W., Hopkins, R., Kosslyn, S., & Squire, L. (2012). Intact construction and maintenance of spatially coherent mental images in memory-impaired patients with hippocampal lesions. Poster presentation. Cognitive Neuroscience Meeting, Chicago, USA, March 31–April 3.

Van der Ham, I. J. M., Borst, G., & Postma, A. (2010). Spatial and verbal characteristics of categorical and coordinate relation processing. Poster presentation. 12th European Workshop on Imagery and Cognition, Helsinki, Finland, June 12-13.

Van der Ham, I. J. M., & Borst, G. (2009). The effect of gender, strategy use, and cognitive ability on spatial relation processing. Poster presentation. Biannual meeting of the Dutch Psychonomic Society (NVP), Egmond aan Zee, the Netherlands.

Borst, G., & Kosslyn, S. M. (2009). Scanning visual images: Some structural implications, revisited. Invited speaker. International Workshop on Mental Imagery, Spatial Cognition, and Language, Padova, Italy, June 12-13.

Borst, G., Kosslyn, S. M., & Denis, M. (2004). Cognitive processes in two mental scanning paradigms. Oral presentation. 28th International Congress of Psychology, Beijing, China, August 8-13.

Borst, G., Denis, M., & Kosslyn, S. M. (2003). Cognitive processes in two mental scanning paradigms. Oral presentation. 9th European Workshop on Imagery and Cognition, Pavia, Italy, April 25-27.

 

*These authors contributed equally.