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Jacques Py, Professor (full), University of Toulouse, France

Jacques Py is a Professor of social psychology at the University of Toulouse. Between 2008 and 2017, he managed a research team named « Social Context and regulation of the cognition » (CNRS Laboratory CLLE-LTC, UMR 5263). He previously held a post at University Paris 8 (2001-07) where he managed the social psychology Laboratory and conducted the pedagogical team of methodology and statistics.



He is a member of the office of scientific Council at Toulouse University, and was also a member of National Council of Universities - France (psychology section).



He has invested heavily in the animation of the scientific community (President elect of the french psychological Society (Société Française de Psychologie) during the period 2003-07, and General Secretary of the National French Committee of scientific Psychology (2003-08) in association with Academy of Sciences. He was also Vice-President in charge of scientific program of the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology which was held in Paris on july 2014 (4500 delegates).



Since 2007, he is holding the position of Chief Editor of European Review of Applied Psychology (journal published by Elsevier, referenced inthe maindatabasesof thediscipline: ISI Social Science Citation Index ; Psyc Info ; Pascal/INIST-CNRS ; PsycLIT ; Scopus, ERIH). ERAP has been publishing since 1951. It is a bimonthly bilingual (french-english) journal which publishes between 30-35 papers each year out of one hundred received (IF2 2016 = 0.667 ; IF5 2016 = 0.885).


He is also Chief Editor (and the founder) of a new online journal of scientific popularization: Scientific psychology answers to frequently asked questions (published since 2007 on French Psychological Society’s website:, the first psychological website in the french language).




His research focuses on the knowledge that individuals have about social norms. His interestfocuses in particularon relatively non-trivial and general norms which structure social relations (norm of internality, norm of consistency, etc.). He has also invested heavily, during the past 20 years, in the field of cognitive and social psychology of eyewitness testimony with particular emphasis given to an approach aiming at building interview protocols for justice professionals (police officers, judges, psychologists and psychiatrists working in the field of justice). Jacques Py has direct 16 Ph.D. thesis on these fields of research.


Journal articles9 documents

  • Tania Wittwer, Colin Tredoux, Jacques Py, Pierre-Vincent Paubel. Training Participants to Focus on Critical Facial Features Does Not Decrease Own-Group Bias. Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers, 2019, 10, ⟨10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02081⟩. ⟨halshs-02503082⟩
  • Aurélie Mouneyrac, Valérie Le Floch, Céline Lemercier, Jacques Py, Maxime Roumegue. Promoting responsible gambling via prevention messages: Insights from the evaluation of actual European messages. International Gambling Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2017, 17 (3), pp.426-441. ⟨10.1080/14459795.2017.1350198⟩. ⟨hal-01570705v1⟩
  • Céline Launay, Jacques Py. Capturing the scene: Efficacy test of the re-enactment investigative instruction. The Journal of Forensic Practice, Bingley : Emerald Publishing 2017, 19, pp.174-189. ⟨10.1108/JFP-02-2015-0012⟩. ⟨hal-01588571⟩
  • Maïté Brunel, Céline Launay, Valérie Le Floch, Jacques Py, Nadine Cascino, et al.. Is the social representation of nanotechnology anchored in that of GMOs?. Journal of Risk Research, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2017, pp.1 - 16. ⟨10.1080/13669877.2017.1304976⟩. ⟨hal-01682498⟩
  • Béatrice Bardin, Stéphane Perrissol, Y. Fos, Jacques Py, Lionel Dagot. Exposition sélective aux informations de prévention et attitude implicite envers le tabac. Psychologie Française, Elsevier Masson, 2015, ⟨10.1016/j.psfr.2015.07.003⟩. ⟨hal-01473230⟩
  • Samuel Demarchi, Jacques Py, S. Groud-Than, T. Parain, Maïté Brunel. Describing a Face without Overshadowing Effect: Another Benefice of the Person Description Interview. Psychologie Française, Elsevier Masson, 2013, 58 (2), pp.123-133. ⟨10.1016/j.psfr.2013.01.002⟩. ⟨hal-01473275⟩
  • Jacques Py, T. Bouffard, D. Desmette, P. Fontayne, S. Geldart, et al.. A Summary of the Publications Appearing in ERAP from 2009 to 2011, Including Some Notable Developments That Have Emerged during This Period. European Review of Applied Psychology / Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée, Elsevier, 2012, 62 (1), pp.1-2. ⟨10.1016/j.erap.2012.01.001⟩. ⟨hal-01473280⟩
  • Nadia Férec, Pascal Pansu, Jacques Py, Alain Somat. Évaluation d’un programme de formation à la clairvoyance normative pour demandeurs d’emploi. L'Orientation scolaire et professionnelle, Institut national d'étude du travail et d'orientation professionnelle (INETOP-CNAM), 2011, ⟨10.4000/osp.3515⟩. ⟨halshs-01897872⟩
  • Jacques Py, Stéphane Jouffre. The explanatory production among fourth-graders to ninth-graders: impact of institutional and social demands on the development of unstable internal causality. European Journal of Psychology of Education, Springer Verlag, 2009, XXIV (3), pp.307-323. ⟨10.1007/BF03174763⟩. ⟨hal-00429307⟩

Poster communications3 documents

  • Antoine Mourato, Jacques Py, Céline Launay, Maïté Brunel. Evaluation d'un protocole d'entretien judiciaire adapté au rappel de conversation. 10ème Congrès International de Psychologie Sociale Appliquée CIPSA 2017, Jul 2018, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France. ⟨hal-01886792⟩
  • Tania Wittwer, Aurélie Mouneyrac, Jacques Py, Colin Tredoux. Causal Attributions in a French Electoral Context. International Congress of Applied Psychology, Jun 2018, Montreal, Canada. ⟨halshs-02280025⟩
  • Magali Bringuier, Jacques Py, Sophie Michel. Mensonge et recrutement: Les déterminants de l'acceptabilité du mensonge en entretien d'embauche. 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2018), Jun 2018, Montréal, Canada. ⟨hal-02904572⟩

Book sections1 document

  • Nadia Férec, Pascal Pansu, Jacques Py, Alain Somat. Développer l'employabilité des demandeurs d'emploi: élaboration et évaluation d'une méthode de présentation de soi en situation d'évaluation. Compétences, Emploi et Enseignement Supérieur, PUR, 2006. ⟨halshs-01908038⟩