• Assistant Professor at the University of Poitiers, HDR

Research Team

Aging and Psychopathology of Memory (ViPsyM)

Research Topic

  • Memory dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease, social anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Self-reference effect in memory
  • Effect of emotional valence on memory
  • Age-related stereotype threat


Memory, Self-reference effect, Emotion, Alzheimer’s disease, Social anxiety, Obsessive compulsive disorder

PHD supervision

  • Stéphanie Chantoin-Merlet (2014- ): co-supervision with François Rigalleau
  • Sana Dridi (2017- ): co-supervision with David Clarys
  • Maximilien Letellier (2017- ): co-supervision with François Rigalleau


  • Head of the DysCo Team
  • Co-head with David Clarys of the second year of the Master’s degree program in psychology, speciality “Psychological Sciences: Research and Application”

Teaching activitie

Cognitive psychopathology, Psychology of normal and pathological aging, Neuropsychology of memory

Publications (Selected)

Kalenzaga, S., & Jouhaud, V. (in press). The self-reference effect in memory: an implicit way to assess affective self-representations in social anxiety. Memory.

Kalenzaga, S., Lamidey, V., Ergis, A.M., Clarys, D., & Piolino, P. (2016). The positivity bias in aging: motivation or degradation? Emotion. doi: 10.1037/emo0000170.

Kalenzaga, S., Sperduti, M., Anssens, A., Martinelli, P., Devauchelle, A.D., Gallarda, T., Delhommeau, M., Lion, S., Amado, I., Krebs, M.O., Oppenheim, C., & Piolino, P. (2015). Episodic memory and self-reference via semantic autobiographical memory: insights from an fMRI study in younger and older adults. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00449.

Kalenzaga, S., & Clarys, D. (2013). Self-referential processing in Alzheimer’s disease: Two different ways of processing self-knowledge? Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 35(5), 455-471.

Kalenzaga, S., Bugaïska, A., & Clarys, D. (2013). Self-reference effect and autonoetic consciousness in Alzheimer’s disease: Evidence for a persistent affective Self in dementia patients. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, 27(2), 116-122.

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