University of Geneva
Swiss Center for Affective Sciences
University of Geneva
9, Chemin des Mines
CH - 1202 Geneva
CISA - University of Geneva
Case postale 60
CH - 1211 Genève 20
I studied psychology at the University of Fribourg, before obtaining a PhD in psychology under the supervision of Prof. David Sander at the University of Geneva. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, under the supervision of Prof. John O’Doherty. I returned to the University of Geneva to continue my research as a senior researcher/lecturer in affective psychology.
My research focuses on the development of a deeper understanding of the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying reward-seeking behavior. More particularly, I am interested in gaining insights into how and why the human brain is vulnerable to situations where choice behavior is hijacked in service of outcomes that are no longer valued by the individual. To address these questions, I use a large variety of experimental procedures as well as meta-analyses and systematic literature reviews. In my research, I try to develop methods that combine theoretical frameworks and experimental paradigms developed through the study of animal behavior with psychophysiological techniques and fMRI protocols in healthy human volunteers.
Research Interests: Reward Seeking Behaviors; Conditioning and Associative Learning; Taste and Olfaction; Neuroimaging; Affective science
Peer reviewed articles
Pauli, M. P., Cockburn, J., Pool, E. R., Pérez, O., D. & J. P., O'Doherty (2018). Computational approaches to habits in a model-free-world. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 20, 104-109
Sennwald, V., Pool, E., & Sander, D. (2017). Considering the influence of the Pavlovian system on behavior: Appraisal and value representation. Psychological Inquiry, 28(1), 52-55.
Coppin, G., Pool, E., Delplanque, S., Oud, B., Margot, C., Sander, D., & Van Bavel, J. (2016). Swiss identity smells
like chocolate: Social identity shapes olfactory judgments. Scientific Reports, 6, 34979. doi: 10.1038/srep34979
Pool, E.R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2016). Attentional bias for positive emotional stimuli: A meta-analytic investigation. Psychological Bulletin, 142, 79-106.
Pool, E.R., Sennwald, V., Delplanque, S., Brosch, T., & Sander, D. (2016). Measuring wanting and liking from animals to humans: A systematic review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 63, 124-142.
Sennwald, V., Pool., E. R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., Bianchi-Demicheli, F., & Sander, D. (2016). Emotional attention for erotic stimuli: Cognitive and brain mechanisms. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 524, 1668-1675.
Ferdenzi, C., Delplanque S., Vorontsova-Wenger O., Pool E.R., Bianchi-Demicheli F., & Sander D. (2015). Perception
of men’s beauty and attractiveness by women with low sexual desire. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12, 946–955.
Pool, E. R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2015). Stress increases cue-triggered "Wanting" for sweet reward in humans. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 41(2), 128-136.
Pool, E.R., Delplanque, S., Coppin, G., & Sander, D. (2015). Is comfort food really comforting? Mechanisms underlying stress-induced eating. Food Research International, 76, 207-215.
Pool, E. R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2014). Where is the chocolate? Rapid spatial orienting toward stimuli associated with primary rewards. Cognition, 130(3), 348-359.
Pool, E. R., Delplanque, S., Porcherot, C., Jenkins, T., Cayeux, I., & Sander, D. (2014). Sweet reward increases implicit discrimination of similar odors. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8.
Pool, E. R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2014, October). Attentional bias for positive rewarding stimuli: A meta-analysis. Presentation at Brain Circuits for Positive Emotion, Ascona, Switzerland
Pool, E. R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2013, August). Attentional bias for primary reward: Evidence for a role of affective relevance. Presentation at the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), Berkley CA, USA.
Sennwald, V., Pool, E., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., Bianchi-Demicheli, F., & Sander, D. (2015, July). The role of individuals' sexual concerns in wanting of a cue associated to a sexual reward. Poster presented at the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) conference, Geneva, Switzerland.
Pool, E. R., Delplanque, S., Jenkins, T. & Sander D. (2014, March). Sweet reward increases implicit discrimination of similar odors. Poster preseted at the Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE), Berlin, Germany.
Pool, E. R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2014, January). Stress increases cue-induced ‘Wanting for reward. Poster presented at Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting (ABIM), Champéry, Switzerland.
Pool, E.R., Brosch, T., Delplanque, S., & Sander, D. (2012, November). Where is the chocolate? Emotional attention towards reward-associated stimuli. Poster presented at the ERNI-HSF Science Meeting, Tübingen, Germany.