Theodore Alexopoulos University Paris Descartes
Assistant Professor (Maître de conférences)
Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology
Broadly speaking, I am working on affect and basic evaluative processes. More precisely, I am interested on the impact of unconscious evaluative information on social information processing. The aim of this line of research is to understand the processes by which evaluative stimuli that are presented below the threshold of awareness influence cognitive functioning and social behavior. More specifically, we try to determine whether these processes differ from the processes put in motion when a full-blown emotional reaction is induced.
A different but related area of research is about evaluative priming. Our current research deals with the strategic flexibility of evaluative priming effects (Alexopoulos, Fiedler, & Freytag, 2012). Our aim is to better understand how and when priming effects can be enhanced, reversed, or eliminated.
More recently, I have been interested in the impact of affective and embodied cues on social comparison. The aim of this research is to shed light on how the presence of affective stimuli in the environment influences the processing of comparison information and affects self-evaluation (see Fayant, Muller, Nurra, Alexopoulos, & Palluel-Germain, 2011).
My research frequently deals with the automaticity of basic processes such as attentional capture (Alexopoulos, Muller, Ric, & Marendaz, 2012) and behavioral priming (Alexopoulos & Ric, 2007).
Keywords: approach/avoidance, attention, emotion, evaluative priming, judgment, information processing