• Associate Professor, Faculty of Sports Sciences, University of Poitiers

Research team

Aging and Psychopathology of Memory (ViPsyM)

Research Topics

  • Impact of objectively-assessed physical activity and sedentary behavior on cognitive functioning
  • Moderating role of age (children, adolescents, young adults, older adults) and pathologies (Parkinson Disease, Cancer) on these relationships
  • Neurotrophins as mediators of neurocognitive changes induced by regular physical activity


Actigraphy, executive functions, inhibitory control, event-related potentials, brain-derived neurotrophical factors, cognitive aging


  • Fabienne Collette (PhD), University of Liege (Belgium)
  • Gaëtan Garraux (MD, PhD), University of Liege (Belgium)
  • Florence Boiffard (MD), ICO, Nantes


Member and vice-president of the scientific expertise commission, faculty of Sports Sciences, Poitiers


Bachelor degree:

– Cognitive deficits in normal aging and positive effect of aerobic physical activity (“adapted physical activity and health” specialty, faculty of sports sciences, Angouleme and Poitiers)

– Data analysis (faculty of sports sciences, Angouleme and Poitiers)

Master degree:

– Negative influence of normal and pathological aging on motor and cognitive functions and compensatory effects of physical activities (“adapted physical activity and health”, faculty of sports sciences, Poitiers)

– Metrology of the aerobic fitness in older adults (“adapted physical activity and health”, faculty of sports sciences, Poitiers)

– Effect of aerobic exercise on cognition and brain mechanisms involved (“Psychological Sciences”, faculty of psychology, Poitiers).

– Role of physical activity on anxiety, depression and cognitive functions (“Integration of disabled people”, Niort)

Publications (Selected)

Boucard, G., Albinet, C., Bouquet, C.A., Bugaïska, A., Clarys, D., & Audiffren, M (2012). Impact of physical activity on executive functions in aging:  a selective effect on inhibition among old adults. Journal of sport & Exercise Psychology, 34, 808-827.

Albinet, C., Boucard, G., Bouquet, C.A., & Audiffren, M. (2012). Processing speed and executive functions in cognitive aging: how to disentangle their mutual relationship? Brain and cognition, 79, 1-11.

Abou-Dest, A., Albinet, C., Boucard, G., & Audiffren, M. (2012). Swimming as a Positive Moderator of Cognitive Aging: A Cross-Sectional Study with a Multitask Approach. Journal of Aging Research, vol. 2012, Article ID 273185. doi:10.1155/2012/273185

Albinet, C., Boucard, G., Bouquet, C.A., & Audiffren, M. (2010). Increased heart rate variability and executive performance after aerobic training in the elderly. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 109 (24), 617-624.

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