My past research reflects a passionate interest in human prosociality (i.e. altruism, cooperation) and interdisciplinary research (cognitive neuroscience, experimental and developmental psychology, behavioral economics, human evolution). My main contribution to the topic was a greater understanding of 1) the neural mechanisms of human prosociality (PhD in a cognitive psychology institute; Centre of Brain and Cognition), 2) the development of prosociality in young children (developmental psychology; School of Psychology in the University of Ottawa), 3) the different mechanisms (patience, social norms) that modulate the development of children prosociality (social sciences; Institute for Advanced Studies in Toulouse), and 4) the impact of genetic relatedness on children cooperation (human evolution; TSE and SETE).
My recent interest in environmental psychology, anthropology and philosophy of human-nature interactions allow me to reconsider my topic “prosociality” as a broader concept including not only “human-human” interactions but also “human-animals” or “human-nature” interactions. Indeed, in addition to an innate and instinctive tendency to engage in prosocial behaviors, young children also display an innate attraction and “childish animism” for non-human living beings (e.g. biophilia). However, such an innate inclination to appreciate non-humans can flourish only if it is adequately stimulated. For instance, very young children (2–7 y) display a natural curiosity and affinity for animals, but if not given opportunities to develop, their instinctive biophilia can fade as they grow older and, in the worst case, even develop into an aversion to some non-human species. Based on accumulated findings on non-humans’ emotions and intelligence and from ethnographic observations, my interdisciplinary research program will provide a greater understanding on the way in which children integrate nature into their social and ethical world and will intend to develop and evaluate new methods to improve long-term human-nature connectedness (observational, experimental and interventional studies). Given the urgency to face the environmental crisis, I will develop and evaluate new educational programs to encourage children’s innate biophilia in a way that allow them to develop a sustainable and resilient relationship with other living beings as they grow and to engage in “prosocial” behaviors towards the natural world.
Date of Birth: 14/08/1986
⎯May-2020 to Present: Post-doctoral researcher at the SETE
●Project: Causes and consequences of human-nature connectedness
16) Barragan-Jason, G., Parmesan, C., Singer, M., de Mazancourt, C.,& Loreau, M. (in prep.). How to reconnect humans to nature? A scoping review of factors that influence human-nature connectedness.
15) Barragan-Jason, G., Cauchoix, M, Regnier, A., Bourjade, M., Hopfensitz, A., & Chaine, A. (rejected from Nature Communications, in prep.). Children cooperate more successfully with non-kin than with siblings.
14) Barragan-Jason, G. & Hopfensitz, A. (in prep.). Screen time exposure is negatively linked to patience and social integration in preschoolers (under review).
13) Barragan-Jason, G. & Hopfensitz, A. (in in prep.). From impulsive to rational prosociality: the developmental roots of patience and prosocial giving.
12) Cauchoix, M., Chaine, A. S., & Barragan-Jason, G. (2020). Cognition in context: Plasticity in cognitive performance in response to ongoing environmental variables. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8, 106. (IF : 2.686)
11) Cauchoix M, Chow PKY, van Horik JO, Atance CM, Barbeau EJ, Barragan-Jason G, Bize P, BoussardA, Buechel SD, Cabirol A, Cauchard L, Claidière N, Dalesman S, Devaud JM, Didic M, Doligez B, Fagot J, Fichtel C, Henke-von der Malsburg J, Hermer E, Huber L, Huebner F, Kappeler PM, Klein S, Langbein J, Langley EJG, Lea SEG, Lihoreau M, Lovlie H, Matzel LD, Nakagawa S, Nawroth C, Oesterwind S, Sauce B, Smith E, Sorato E, Tebbich S, Wallis LJ, Whiteside MA, Wilkinson A, Chaine AS, Morand-Ferron J. (2018) The repeatability of cognitive performance: a meta-analysis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 373: 20170281. (IF : 6.139)
10) Barragan-Jason, G., Atance, C., Stieglitz, J., Hopfensitz, A., & Cauchoix, M. (2018). Commentary: Revisiting the Marshmallow Test: A Conceptual Replication Investigating Links Between Early Delay of Gratification and Later Outcomes. Frontiers in psychology, 9, 2719. (IF : 2.129)
9) Barragan-Jason, G., Atance, C., Kopp, L., & Hopfensitz, A. (2018). Two facets of patience in young children: Waiting with and without an explicit reward. Journal of experimental child psychology, 171, 14-30. (IF : 2.424)
8) Barragan‐Jason, G., & Atance, C. M. (2017). A new approach to measuring patience in preschoolers. Developmental psychobiology, 59(6), 738-748. (IF : 2.494)
7) Besson, G; Barragan-Jason, G; Thorpe, SJ; Fabre-Thorpe, M; Puma, S; Ceccaldi, M; Barbeau, EJ; (2017), From face processing to face recognition: Comparing three different processing levels, Cognition, 158, 33-43. (IF : 3.634)
6) Barragan-Jason, G.*, Cauchoix, M.*, Barbeau, E.J. (2015). The neural speed of familiar face recognition, Neuropsychologia, 75, 390-401. (IF : 2.888)
5) Barragan-Jason, G*., Cauchoix ,M.*, Serre, T., Barbeau E.J. (2014). The neural dynamics of face detection in the wild revealed by MVPA, The Journal of Neuroscience. (IF : 6.074)
4) Condret, V., Barragan-Jason, G., Marlats, F., Denuelle, M., Nespoulous, J.-L., Valton, L., Barbeau, E.J. (2014). Object and proper name retrieval in temporal lobe epilepsy: a study of difficulties and latencies, Epilepsy Research, 108(10), 1825-1838. (IF : 2.178)
3) Barragan-Jason, G., Besson, G., Ceccaldi, M., Barbeau, E.J. (2013). Fast and Famous: Looking for the fastest speed at which a face can be recognized, Frontiers in Psychology, Cognitive Science, 4, 100. (IF : 2.129)
2) Curot, J., Denuelle, M., Busigny, T., Barragan-Jason, G., Kany, M., Tall, P., Marlat, F., Fabre, N., Valton, L. (2013). Bilateral Wada test: Amobarbital or propofol? Seizure. (IF : 2.059)
1) Barragan-Jason, G., Lachat, F., Barbeau, E. J. (2012). How fast is famous face recognition? Frontiers in Psychology, Perception Science, 3, 454.(IF : 2.129)
Barragan-Jason, G. (2019), Approche interdisciplinaire de la pro-socialité humaine, Workshop, Laboratoire Octogone-Lordat, Toulouse, France.
Barragan-Jason, G., Hopfensitz, A. (2018), Patience and altruistic giving in young children, Developmental Origins of Economic Preferences, Toulouse, France.
Barragan-Jason, G. Interindividual variability in human children (2017). Causes and Consequences of Individual Differences in Cognition, Exeter, UK.
Barragan-Jason, G., Grandchamp R., (2013) Interdisciplinary conference on human-animal relationship: Round table on how to study human-animal relationship, University of Lyon 2, France.
Other selected presentations
Barragan-Jason, G., Atance, C. (2016), Patience in young children, 2nd PIREN meeting, Ax-les-thermes, France.
Barragan-Jason, G., Atance, C. (2016), Why be patient? Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, Budapest, Hungary, January 2016.
Barragan-Jason, G., Atance, C. (2015), Patience is a virtue but can we measure it? 11th Ecology and behavior conference, Toulouse, France, May 2015.
Barragan-Jason, G., Atance, C. (2014), The development of patience as a virtue in young children, Development 2014: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology, Carleton University, Canada, May 2014.
Barragan-Jason, G., Cauchoix, M., Serre, T., Barbeau E.J., Valton, M. (2012) The dynamics of face processing: from detection to recognition, European society of cognitive and affective neuroscience (ESCAN), Marseille, France, May 2012.
Barragan-Jason, G., Lachat, F., Barbeau, E.J. (2011). Rapid recognition of famous faces: Isn’t it in fact relatively slow? Perception ECVP Abstract Supplement, page 119, (Toulouse, France).
Barragan-Jason, G., Fabié, A., Barbeau, E.J. (2011). Categorizing faces, recognizing famous faces: Any relationship? Perception 40 ECVP Abstract Supplement, page 158, (Toulouse, France).
Barragan-Jason, G., Lachat, F., Barbeau, E.J. (2011). The time course of familiar face processing, ICOM5 (York, England).
Barbeau, E.J. (2011). What is your name again? Proper name retrieval failures characterization in temporal lobe epilepsies. ICOM5 (York, England).
Barragan-Jason, G., Lachat, F., Barbeau, E.J. (2011). The time course of individual face processing, Journal of Vision 11 (11), 593-593, (Florida, USA).
Barragan-Jason, G., Lachat, F., Barbeau, E.J. Is face recognition fast, very fast or relatively slow? (2010). Réunion d’Hiver de la Société de Neuropsychologie de Langue Française (SNLF) (Toulouse, France). [Best poster award]
Barragan-Jason, G., Lachat, F., Barbeau, E.J. (2010). The time course of individual face processing, Second Meeting of the Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology (Amsterdam, Holland).
2009-2011: Human physiology, University of Toulouse 3
-Undergraduate students in Psychomotricity (1st year), 40 hours, 35 students
-Undergraduate students in Orthoptics (1st and 2nd year), 12 hours, 40 students
- Motor cells, Sleep, Pain, EEG.
2018-2019: Regnier A., 5 months (Master student)
- Project: Effect of social relationship and kinship on cooperation