Psychologie de la religion
Institute for Social Sciences of Religions (ISSR)
Office: Anthropole 5074
Representations of gods in children
Grégory Dessart graduated in psychology from the University of Liège (ULg, Belgium) where he specialized in CBT, clinical neuropsychology, development and handicap. His research first aimed to explore possible links existing between specific personality traits, coping strategies and trauma in a general population sample. He then coordinated a study on the particular role of apathy within the negative schizophrenic symptomatology along with other factors, such as emotions, identity, reward/punishment and executive functions. He also showed interest in insight and social cognition as well as in early psychosis detection in schools.
He is currently carrying out doctoral research at the Institute for Social Sciences of Religions (ISSR) on the representations of supernatural agents in children and adolescents in French-speaking Switzerland. To that end, graphic (drawing) and narrative methods are used. The main goal of his research is to identify core representational strategies in order to relate them to semantic and pragmatic specificities in the light of cognitive development.
This research falls within the context of an interdisciplinary project – Drawings of gods: A multicultural and interdisciplinary approach to children’s representations of supernatural agents – supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and directed by Prof. Pierre-Yves Brandt. Therefore, it also deals with more cross-cultural questions by comparing data collected in several countries. Access to the project’s database (open access): http://ddd.unil.ch.
Grégory is a member of the IAPR (International Association for the Psychology of Religion) and the LADHUL (Laboratory of Digital Humanities and Cultures of the University of Lausanne).