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Tempo: performances and role in development

My main research focus is on our ability to process (perceive, produce and synchronize) tempos (defined as an isochronous sequence of the same event). Tempos have interval duration ranging from 100 ms to 1s. Human beings, early in development, are able to produce tempos without temporal cues and the most common studied task is a spontaneous motor (tapping) tempo task. Spontaneous motor tempo is possibly a behavioral output of the internal tempo on the individual. It is thus specific to each individual and slows down with age. It is also under the hierarchical dependence of the circadian system (it varies during the day) and is modulated by exogenous or endogenous factors.

Tempos processing performances are of particular interest because tempos range in the time scale of our actions and especially of our interactions with our physical and social environment. In addition, it relies on a mechanism that allows us to produce synchronized behaviors, meaning they occur at the same time as the target or even slightly in anticipation. If the intervals become longer, approximately 1 to 3 seconds, we are no longer able to do anything other than produce a reaction time response (it is no longer the same process, referring to intervals timing or estimated durations). Another striking point: animals, including great apes, do not demonstrate comparable performances ... nevertheless, birds capable of vocal learning demonstrate similar skills. It is therefore interesting to wonder why humans are able to process tempos so easily, and very early in development (music, rituals, military marches, kicking...).

Various studies suggest that this skill of dealing with tempos is involved in the development of other skills, such as language, social development, attention, etc. ... During the first years of life, the infant could support its development on the basis of this skill, and particularly through movement and the vestibular system. Finally, it also appears that certain disorders such as autism and attention disorders.

In this context, the research questions that motivate me are:

► How does our capacity to process tempos develop and how does this capacity relate to that of estimated durations?

► What are the factors that modulate this skill?

► What roles does tempos play in development?

► Do movements involving or not the vestibular system modulate the internal tempo and therefore our relation to time? (ongoing project)

► What link is there between rhythms and attentional abilities? (ongoing project)

► Can autistic disorders and attention disorders be linked to impaired tempo processing capabilities? (ongoing project)

► Can we observe in animals spontaneous motor tempo similar as those observed in humans? (ongoing project)


Perinatality, development and early interactions

The quality of early interactions are fundamental to promote child development. The clinical practice of the professionals of the early childhood care raises many research questions. In collaboration with professionals, in particular those of PPUMMA (Mobile Perinatal Emergency Liaison and Intervention Unit), we conduct researches on different questions, with the aim of improving the care of toddlers of mothers in situations of psychological vulnerability, in particular in its interactive dimension.

► Assessment of development of infant in parental center. (ongoing project)

► Infant sleep, parental belief, bedtime routines and the use of a sleep diary. (ongoing project)

► Bayley IV french adaptation process. (ongoing project)



► Head of the developmental psychology teaching team

► RIPSYDEVE Referent (Interuniversity Network of Psychology of Development and Education)

► Ethics committee of the Psychology department of the Paris Nanterre university

► Open science referent for the laboratory

► Member of the Administrative Board of the International Panel on Behavior Change

► Expert for the Research Executive Agency (REA) (2009- )


Professional career

► Laboratoire Ethologie, Cognition, Développement (2013- )

► Unité de Recherche en Psychologie et Psychopathologie Périnatale de l'EPS Erasme (RePPEr) - Antony, 92 (2011-2019).

► Laboratoire de perception et contrôle du mouvement en environnement virtuel (UMR CNRS - Renault) (2005-2007)

► IED Université Paris 8 - Saint Denis (2004-2013)

► Laboratoire de Psychobiologie du Développement (1999-2005)

► Université Paris 5 - Institut de Psychologie (2003-2004)

► Laboratoire Ethologie et Cognition Comparée (Université Paris 10-Nanterre) (1998-1999)

► Laboratoire de Physiologie Sensorielle (INRA Jouy-en-Josas) (1997-1998)



► PhD in Devepmental Psychology (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes - 2002)

► Msc in Psychology (Saint Denis university - 2012)

► Msc in Ethology (Villetaneuse university - 1999)

► Msc in Animal Physiology (Rennes university - 1998)

► Engineer in Agronomy (Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Rennes - 1998)

Journal articles16 documents

  • Anne Bobin-Bègue, M.-C. Genet, C. Héroux, N. Le Roux, E. Devouche, et al.. Quel développement psychomoteur et social des bébés en Maison d’Accompagnement Parents Enfants (MAPE) ? Une question partagée des MAPE et de la pédopsychiatrie périnatale. Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence, Elsevier Masson, 2021, ⟨10.1016/j.neurenf.2021.04.008⟩. ⟨hal-03235566⟩
  • Anne Bobin-Bègue. Le tempo, fondement des compétences musicales et support du développement sociocognitif. Enfance- Paris-, Universitaires de France, 2020, N°5 (1), pp.109-129. ⟨10.3917/enf2.201.0109⟩. ⟨hal-02952596⟩
  • Anne Bobin-Bègue. Le tempo de notre quotidien. Sciences Psy, Techniques Pro MédiA, 2017, Et si nous prenions le temps ?, pp.30. ⟨hal-01726429⟩
  • Emmanuel Devouche, Aude Buil, Marie-Camille Genet, Anne Bobin-Begue, Gisèle Apter. Soutenir l’élaboration de la relation parent-enfant en cas de prématurité. Soins Pédiatrie/Puériculture, Elsevier Masson, 2017, 38 (299), pp.15-19. ⟨10.1016/j.spp.2017.09.003⟩. ⟨hal-01643578⟩
  • Valérie Garez, Emmanuel Devouche, Anne Bobin-Bègue, Matylda Alecian, Pauline Minjollet, et al.. La liaison en « Périnatalogie » : des soins entre réseau, liaison et prise en charge mobile. L'Encéphale, Elsevier Masson, 2017, ⟨10.1016/j.encep.2017.03.003⟩. ⟨hal-01645039⟩
  • Gisèle Apter, Anne Bobin-Begue, Marie-Camille Genet, Maya Gratier, Emmanuel Devouche. Update on Mental Health of Infants and Children of Parents Affected With Mental Health Issues. Current Psychiatry Reports, Current Medicine Group, 2017, ⟨10.1007/s11920-017-0820-8⟩. ⟨hal-01586927⟩
  • Emmanuel Devouche, Anne Bobin-Bègue, Maya Gratier, Françoise Morange-Majoux. Langage adressé au bébé et exploration visuelle chez le bébé de 4,5 mois : mise en évidence d'un effet de genre. Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence, Elsevier Masson, 2015, 63 (1), pp.23-29. ⟨10.1016/j.neurenf.2014.04.003⟩. ⟨hal-01478458⟩
  • Anne Bobin-Bègue, Sylvie Droit-Volet, Joëlle Provasi. Young Children's Difficulties in Switching from Rhythm Production to Temporal Interval Production (>1 S). Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers, 2014, 5, ⟨10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01346⟩. ⟨hal-01478464⟩
  • Emmanuel Devouche, Sara Dominguez, Anne Bobin-Bègue, Maya Gratier, Gisèle Apter. Effects of Familiarity and Attentiveness of Partner on 6-Month-Old Infants' Social Engagement. Infant Behavior & Development, 2012, 35 (4), pp.737-741. ⟨10.1016/j.infbeh.2012.07.021⟩. ⟨hal-01480097⟩
  • Anne Bobin-Bègue, Joëlle Provasi. Régulation rythmique avant 4 ans : effet d'un tempo auditif sur le tempo moteur. Annee Psychologique, Centre Henri Pieron/Armand Colin, 2008. ⟨hal-02887838⟩
  • Anne Bobin-Bègue, Joelle Provasi. Régulation rythmique avant 4 ans : effet d’un tempo auditif sur le tempo moteur. Annee Psychologique, Centre Henri Pieron/Armand Colin, 2008, 108 (04), ⟨10.4074/S000350330800403X⟩. ⟨hal-01644068⟩
  • Anne Bobin-Bègue, J. Provasi, A. Marks, V. Pouthas. Influence of auditory tempo on the endogenous rhythm of non-nutritive sucking. European Review of Applied Psychology / Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée, Elsevier, 2006, 56 (4), pp.239 - 245. ⟨10.1016/j.erap.2005.09.006⟩. ⟨hal-01644067⟩
  • Anne Bobin-Bègue, Joëlle Provasi. Tempo Discrimination in 3- and 4-year-old children: performances and threshold. Current Psychology Letters/Behaviour, Brain and Cognition, de Boeck Université, 2005. ⟨hal-01645042⟩
  • Anne Bobin-Bègue, Joëlle Provasi. Tempo Discrimination in 3-and 4-year-old children: performances and threshold. Current Psychology Letters, 2005, 16 (2). ⟨hal-02887830⟩
  • Joëlle Provasi, Anne Bobin-Bègue. Spontaneous motor tempo and rhythmical synchronisation in 2½-and 4-year-old children. International Journal of Behavioral Development, SAGE Publications, 2003, 27 (3), pp.220 - 231. ⟨10.1080/01650250244000290⟩. ⟨hal-01645056⟩
  • Monique Lavialle, Anne Bobin-Bègue, Catherine Papillon, Jordi Vilaplana. Modifications of Retinal Afferent Activity Induce Changes in Astroglial Plasticity in the Hamster Circadian Clock. Glia, Wiley, 2001. ⟨hal-01645069⟩

Book sections5 documents

  • Anne Bobin-Bègue, Marie-Camille Genet, Nathalie Le Roux, Bénédicte Goudet-Lafont, Valérie Garez. Convergence entre les centres maternels et la pédopsychiatrie périnatale – vers une nécessaire adaptation des prises en charge pédopsychiatriques mère-bébé ?. François Poinso, Michel Dugnat. Soigner ensemble en psypérinatalité, pp.537-549, A paraître. ⟨hal-02536956⟩
  • Anne Bobin-Bègue. Rhythms in early development. Gisèle Apter; Emmanuel Devouche; Maya Gratier. Early Interaction and Developmental Psychopathology, Springer International Publishing, 2019. ⟨hal-02178079⟩
  • Anne Bobin-Bègue. Evaluer le développement du nourrisson : principes et pratiques. Emmanuel Devouche; Joëlle Provasi. Le développement du bébé : de la vie fœtale à la marche. Sensoriel - Psychomoteur - Cognitif - Affectif - Social, Elsevier Masson, pp.21-40, 2019, 9782294764844. ⟨hal-02421683⟩
  • Maya Gratier, Rana Esseily, Anne Bobin-Bègue. La cognition incarnée : corps, communication et culture. Milkovich, Raphaëlle; Morange-Majoux, Françoise. Traité de psychologie, Elsevier Masson, 2017. ⟨hal-01478736⟩
  • Maya Gratier, Anne Bobin-Bègue, Rana Esseily, Bahia Guellaï. Vers une approche intégrative du développement précoce. Milkovich, Raphaëlle; Morange-Majoux, Françoise. Traité de psychologie, Elsevier Masson, 2017. ⟨hal-01478735⟩

Conference papers2 documents

  • Anne Lacheret-Dujour, Anne Bobin-Bègue, Emmanuel Devouche, Maya Gratier. The perception of intention and emotion in non-cry pre-babbling infant vocalizations. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody, Jun 2018, Poznań, Poland. ⟨halshs-01974915⟩
  • Joëlle Provasi, Anne Bobin-Bègue. Synchronisation motrice à un tempo auditif chez le nourrisson. Congrès de la Société Française de Psychologie, Sep 2007, Nantes, France. ⟨hal-01645074⟩

Poster communications4 documents

  • Claire Tribillac, Anne Bobin-Begue. Synchronie vestibulaire et situation sociale chez les enfants avec TSA. Congrès Actualité de la Recherche en Autisme et Perspectives d'Avenir, Sep 2017, Toulouse, France. ⟨hal-01645060⟩
  • Anne Bobin-Begue. Tempo interne & capacités de synchronisation chez les enfants avec TSA. Congrès Actualité de la Recherche en Autisme et Perspectives d'Avenir, Sep 2017, Toulouse, France. 2017. ⟨hal-01643616⟩
  • Maya Gratier, Anne Lacheret, Anne Bobin-Bègue, Emmanuel Devouche, Gisèle Apter. Judgments of Emotion and Communicative Intent in Infant Vocalization at 1 and 5 Months. International Conference on Infant Studies (ICIS 2016), May 2016, New-Orleans, United States. 2016. ⟨hal-01479341⟩
  • Sophie Mertz-Josse, Sofana Hamidi, Anne Bobin-Bègue, François Jouen, Isabelle Israel. Visually Induced Illusory Self-Motion Alters Time Perception. International Symposium Vision, action and concepts: Behavioural and neural basis of embodied perception and cognition, Oct 2013, Lille, France. 2013. ⟨hal-01479377⟩

Theses1 document

  • Anne Bobin-Bègue. Capacité de traitement temporel des durées courtes chez l'enfant entre 1 & 4 ans. Neurosciences [q-bio.NC]. Ecole pratique des hautes études - EPHE PARIS, 2002. Français. ⟨tel-00111689⟩