Nicolas Vibert

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASenior Researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Director of the CeRCA

TSA 21103
5, rue Théodore Lefebvre
F – 86073 Poitiers cedex 9

Tel. : 33 (0)5 49 45 46 34
Fax : 33 (0)5 49 45 46 16

Research team

CoALa (Communication and Language Acquisition)

Research topics

Cognitive processes underlying speeded visual search for verbal information (words or phrases) within electronic or paper documents. I use behavioral experiments together with eyetracking and sometimes electroencephalographic ERP recordings to investigate the search processes used by typical adult participants.

Development of visual search abilities in 9 to 18 years old children. Impact of normal aging on visual search for verbal information, in a “whole-life” developmental perspective.

I use eyetracking together with image comparison tasks or paradigms of visual search for words to investigate the physiopathology of various types of obsessive-compulsive and schizophrenic patients (in collaboration with N. Jaafari, professor of adult psychiatry in Poitiers).

Applied research on how to optimize the visual ergonomics of video games and other interactive environments. The main goal is to understand how people detect and use visual information on moving, patterned backgrounds.


Visual search for words, eye movements, written words processing, complex documents, verbal information search, video games, documentary databases, whole-life development, psychiatry


  • Nematollah Jaafari, professor of psychiatry, Centre Hospitalier Laborit et LNEC (INSERM U 1084 – Université de Poitiers), Poitiers, France
  • Gregory Zelinsky, University of Stony Brook, NY, USA
  • Gaston Saux, CONICET and Universidad Catolica Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • M. Ann Britt, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, USA
  • Jason Braasch, University of Memphis, TN, USA


Director of the CeRCA since January 1st, 2018

Selected publications

Botta F., Vibert N., Harika-Germaneau G., Frasca M., Rigalleau F., Fakra E., Ros C., Rouet J.-F., Ferreri F., Jaafari N. (2018). Visual search for verbal material in patients with obsessive–compulsive disorder. Psychiatry Research, 264 : 244-253.

Rouet J.-F., Skov O., De Pereyra G., Ros C., Le Bigot L., Vibert N. (2018). Relevance versus big numbers: students’ criteria for selecting scholarly references online. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 24 : 476-489.

Dampuré J., Benraiss A., Vibert N. (2019). Modulation of parafoveal word processing by cognitive load during modified visual search tasks. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72 : 1805-1826.

Dampuré, J., Ros, C., Rouet, J.-F., & Vibert, N. (2014). Task-dependent sensitization of perceptual and semantic processing during visual search for words. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26, 530-549.

Braasch, J., Rouet, J.-F., Vibert, N., & Britt, M. A. (2012). Readers’ construction of documents models: Evidence from eye movements. Memory & Cognition, 40, 450-465.

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