I am a research and teaching fellow funded by the Swiss national science foundation at the Department of Psychology at the University of Geneva, and teaching fellow at Unidistance. My team is hosted in the lab of Daphne Bavelier since October 2013 at Geneva's Campus Biotech.

My fundamental research aims at understanding the links between emotion regulation, executive control and personality. This knowledge has theoretical and also practical implications, as it can help us to better guide the conception of training environments for improving some of these skills.

My applied research is in the field of digital media and health. In particular, I am interested in understanding the links between digital media and health. I received an Ambizione grant to investigate the impact of (violent) action video games on various dimensions of social behavior and mental health in young adults. I am also interested in understanding the positive impact of media use in the context of cognitive remediation. For instance, we are currently developing an action video-game which targets attention deficits in individuals with elevated anxiety. Indeed the technology of video-games offers a unique media for providing engaging and adaptive learning environments with adapted feedback, to train cognitive or affective skills in individuals with cognitive or affective deficits.

I use convergent methods from neuroscience and psychology (fMRI, PET scan, psychophysics, modeling, ECG, EDA, eye-tracking) with a strong concern for reproducibility, quality and open Research. Besides this, I am also the coordinator of the research focus on Emotions, video-games and virtual reality hosted at the Swiss center for affective sciences at the Campus Biotech.

Keywords: Affective and cognitive sciences, learning, digital health, gamification, video game research


- April 2019: Joined the executive board of the Fondation Fondamental Suisse.

- March 2019: We completed the pilot study of our attention training game Eco-Rescue and plan to start a two-sites randomized control trail study this fall in collaboration with Pr Tomer Shechner (U. Haifa).

- September 2018: Glad to learn that our video game "Eco Rescue" targeting attention training in anxiety, was just nominated as one of the 10 finalists in the "Best Educational Game Award" category of the TIGA Games Industry Awards in London in November 2018.

- August 2018: The lab releases the final version of our serious video-game Eco-Rescue (see screenshot below). My students (Aida, Arthur, Giuliano and Tom) are now starting a pilot study to train attention during one month, in individuals with elevated anxiety.

- June 2018: Honored to have been awarded an incentive funding grant from the Swiss Center for affective science to help financing a training study on the serious video game we are developing and which should start in October 2018.

- April 2018: Honored to have been awarded the Accessit Marina Picasso prize and grant from the Foundation AEMD.

- March 2018: Glad to feature as a jury member of the Emotional Games Awards 2018 organized by Erik Geslin and his team at UCO Laval.

- February 2018: Will be starting a lecture on "Peripheral physiologic measures and application to biofeedback" (U. Geneva, FPSE).

- January 2018: Happy to release the beta version of a serious video game designed for Attention Bias Modification. Proud of the work that my students game designers did in the past 2 years (Antoine, Mohamed, Valentin, David, Edwin). Trailer of the game here

As players progress in the game, they learn to spot emotional or colored objects efficiently, while challenging divided attention and adapting dynamically pacing (game's rapidity) to match subjects' performance

Scoring table at the end of each level providing feedback on performance
As players progress in the game, they observe their progression which helps to decontaminate the planets of explored galaxies :)

swann.pichon [zu] unige.ch
Campus Biotech, bât. H8-2
FPSE - University of Geneva
Chemin des Mines 9, Case postale 60, 1211 Geneva 20
Phone/Fax: +41 22 37 90 291 / +41 22 37 99 020