Research Fellows

Dominique Makowski
Research Fellow
Division of Psychology
School of Social Sciences
Nanyang Technological University
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2014 – 2018 PhD in Psychology, Université Paris Descartes, France

2014 – 2017 Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy Practitioner, French Association of CBT

2009 – 2014 MSc in Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology, Université Paris Descartes, France

In 1896, the Lumière brothers presented a 50-seconds long movie of a train’s arrival at a station. Intense fear and awe rose up among the audience, as if they could not believe that it was not a real train. Several decades later, the edges of our reality still continue to fade. Through virtual reality, augmented reality and new forms of fictions, simulations of all kind populate our everyday experience and challenge our intuitive feeling and belief concerning its reality. Understanding the neurocognitive processes underlying this sense of reality is what drives my research. This topic is heavily connected with others levels and states of the Self such as minimal consciousness, mindfulness, attentional absorption, presence or dreams and has an obvious echo in several neuropsychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia, PTSD or depersonalisation-derealization disorder. As it also shares a strong relationship with emotional processing, modifications of the sense of reality might be at stake in some forms of voluntary or involuntary emotion regulation mechanisms (such as distancing, decoupling, defusion, decentering or fictional reappraisal). The modulation of reality could also be connected to everyday processes, such as deceptive behaviour and the generation or detection of lies.

More generally, my scientific interests also include the following topics:

Emotion Regulation. The unicity and diversity of emotion regulation strategies, its structure and alteration in neuropsychiatric diseases.

Consciousness. The different levels and states of consciousness and their neural correlates.

Neuropsychological Practice. Developing tools that will improve the efficiency and accuracy of neuropsychological examination and diagnostic.

Neuroaesthetics. The cognitive processes involved in the aesthetic experience and judgement.

Statistics, Programming and Methodology. The application of cutting-edge statistical procedures (artificial intelligence) on neuropsychological data. Also interested in scientific good practises and reportability (with a special focus on open-access and reproducibility).

History of Psychiatry/Neuroscience. The origin of modern neuroscience and psychology, with a special focus on the romantic era and La belle époque (19-20th centuries).

Philosophy. Phenomenology, radical determinism, transhumanism as well as the links between oriental philosophies/religions (e.g., Buddhism and Hinduism) and modern knowledge.

Peer Reviewed Papers:
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. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 1-21.
Makowski, D.*, Sperduti, M.*, Lavallée, S., Nicolas, S. & Piolino, P. (2019). Dispositional mindfulness attenuates the emotional attentional blink. Consciousness & Cognition, 67, 16–25.
Makowski, D (2018). The psycho Package: An Efficient and Publishing-Oriented Workflow for Psychological Science. Journal of Open Source Software, 3(22), 470.
Makowski, D., Dutriaux, L. (2017). A Python Module for Creating Experiments, Tasks and Questionnaires, Journal of Open Source Software, 2(19), 259.
Tuena, C., Serino, S., Gaston-Bellegarde, A., Orriols, E., Makowski, D., Riva, G. & Piolino, P. (2017). How Virtual Embodiment Affects Episodic Memory Functioning: a Proof-of-Concept Study, Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine, 15, 93-107.
Sperduti, M., Armougum, A., Makowski, D. & Piolino, P. (2017). Interaction between attentional systems and episodic memory encoding: the impact of conflict on binding of information, Experimental Brain Research, 235(12), 3553-3560.
Makowski, D.*, Sperduti, M.*, Nicolas, S. & Piolino, P. (2017). “Being there“ and remembering it: Presence improves Memory Encoding. Consciousness & Cognition, 53, 194–202.
Nicolas, S., & Makowski, D. (2017). Centenaire Ribot (I). La réception de l’oeuvre de Théodule Ribot chez l’éditeur Ladrange (1870-1873). Bulletin de Psychologie, 70(3), 163-178.
Sperduti, M., Makowski, D., Blondé, P. & Piolino, P. (2017). Méditer pour bien vieillir ? Les possibles bienfaits des pratiques méditatives sur le déclin cognitif lié à l’âge | Meditation and successful aging: can meditative practices counteract age-related cognitive decline?, Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement, 15(2), 205-13.
Sperduti, M.*, Makowski, D.*, Arcangeli, M., Wantzen, P., Zalla, T., Lemaire, S., Dokic, J., Pelletier, J. & Piolino, P. (2017). The Distinctive Role of Executive Functions in Implicit Emotion Regulation. Acta Psychologica, 173, 13-20.
Nicolas, S., & Makowski, D. (2016). Can mental fatigue be measured by Weber’s compass? Alfred Binet’s answer on the value of aesthesiometry (tactile sensitivity) as an objective measure of mental fatigue. European Yearbook of the History of Psychology, 2, 11-46.
Sperduti, M., Makowski, D., & Piolino, P. (2016). The protective role of long-term meditation on the decline of the executive component of attention in aging: a preliminary cross-sectional study. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 23(6), 691-702.
Sperduti, M.*, Arcangeli, M.*, Makowski, D., Wantzen, P., Zalla, T., Lemaire, S., Dokic, J., Pelletier, J. & Piolino, P. (2016). The paradox of fiction: Emotional response toward fiction and the modulatory role of self-relevance. Acta psychologica, 165, 53-59.
Makowski, D., Sperduti, M., Blanchet, S., Nicolas, S. & Piolino, P. (2015). Régulation Emotionnelle face au Déclin Cognitif dans le Vieillissement : Un Faux Paradoxe ? | Emotion regulation and the cognitive decline in aging: beyond the paradox. Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement, 13(3), 301-8.