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Christophe Fitamen

Job: PhD - Student
Office: RM C-3.113
Rue P.A. de Faucigny 2
1700 Fribourg
Phone: +41 26 300 7669
eMail: christophe.fitamen@unifr.ch
 
Unit: Développement cognitif      
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Research

Keywords

  • Goal maintenance
  • Working memory
  • Cognitive development

Doctoral thesis in preparation:

"Goal maintenance in working memory: its critical role in preschoolers"

Overview:

Goal maintenance in working memory is critical to perform all daily tasks. For example, if you neglect your task goal to make a coffee, it would be difficult to add coffee in coffee maker, add water, even walk to the kitchen, all of that just because you forgot the task goal.

This phenomenon is well known at preschool age, especially in executive control1. However, goal maintenance can be scaffolded by goal cue during task performance2. Our question here is: could goal neglect account for preschoolers' poor working memory capacity? To maintain the goal of recalling the memory items during the delay of retention, a recent study3 suggests that a goal-oriented activity during the delay (walking to a shop, which is a visual recall cue) can improve preschoolers' working memory performance3.

During the first year, we explored the influence of a multiple forms of goal cue, such a meaningful visual goal cue, an auditory goal cue and also a goal oriented motor activity. The results suggested that it’s a combination of both; visual goal cue and oriented motor activity improve preschoolers’ working memory. In the second year, we will clarify how the oriented motor activity and a visual goal cue can improve recall performance. Is it possible to disentangle their respective role on preschoolers’ working memory?

1 Marcovitch, S., Boseovski, J. J., Knapp, R. J., & Kane, M. J. (2010). Goal Neglect and Working Memory Capacity in 4- to 6-Year-Old Children. Child Development, 81(6), 1687–1695.
2
Blaye, A., & Chevalier, N. (2011). The role of goal representation in preschoolers’ flexibility and inhibition. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 108(3), 469–483.
3
Bertrand, R., & Camos, V. (2015). The role of attention in preschoolers ’ working memory. Cognitive Development, 33, 14–27.

Contributions

Article:

Dubourg, L., Silva, AR., Fitamen, C., Moulin, CJA., Souchay, C. (2016, in press). SenseCam: A new tool for memory rehabilitation? Revue Neurologique.

Book Chapter:

Bonin, P., Ferreri, L., Gelin, M., Fitamen, C., Bard, P., & Bugaiska, A. (2016). Spotlight on the Survival Processing Advantage': An FNIRS Study on Adaptive Memory. In Spatial, Long-and Short-Term Memory: Functions, Differences and Effects of Injury (pp. 133-144). : Nova Science Publishers.

Communications:

Fitamen, C., Camos, V., Blaye, A. (2017, September). How goal cues impact verbal working memory in kindergarteners? Poster session at the 20st Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Potsdam, Germany.

Fitamen, C., Blaye, A., Camos, V.  (2016, October). A visual goal cue and an oriented motor activity improve 5-year-olds' working memory: What's next? Oral presentation at the 1st Swiss Working Memory Meeting, Fribourg, Switzerland.

Fitamen, C., Blaye, A., Camos, V.  (2016, October). Preschoolers’ working memory: Could cueing reduce goal neglect and improve performance? Oral presentation at the Fribourg day of Cognition, Fribourg, Switzerland.

Fitamen, C., Blaye, A., Camos, V. (2016,  September ). Goal maintenance and working memory in preschoolers. Can goal cueing improve their performance and under what conditions? Poster session presented at the 8th European Working Memory Symposium, Liège, Belgium.

Fitamen, C., Blaye, A., Camos, V. (2016, July). Goal maintenance and working memory in preschoolers. Can goal cueing improve their performance and under what conditions? Poster session presented at the 6th International Conference On Memory, Budapest, Hungary.

 Moulin, C.J.A., Fitamen, C., Barbeau, E., Meyer, J. (2016, July). Novelty and recognition memory in Alzheimer's disease. Oral presentation at the 6th International Conference On Memory, Budapest, Hungary.

 Fitamen, C., Blaye, A., Camos, V. (2016, June). Goal maintenance and working memory in preschoolers. Can goal cueing improve their performance and under what conditions? Poster session presented at the 2nd Jean Piaget conferences: Infant development from Piaget to today, Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Teaching

  • April 2017, Module "Développement du contrôle exécutif"
  • 2015-2017, Bachelor & Master thesis co-supervision

 

Educational path

Since 2015.09

    PhD student in co-supervision : Université de Fribourg, Switzerland (Pr. V. Camos) & Université d'Aix-Marseille, France (Pr. A. Blaye)

 2014-2015

  • Research assistant, Université de Bourgogne.
  • Intership at School of psychology, Faculty of medicine and health, University of Leeds (UK).
  • Professional title of Psychologist :
      Internship in "Memory consultation", Geriatric service at Hospital Philippe le Bon, Beaune (France).
    • Internship in "Evaluation of mnesic capacities", IME (Institut Médico-Educatif) la Clarté, Moulins (France). 

2014

  • Master's degree in Psychology, Université de Bourgogne

2012

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Université de Bourgogne
Département de Psychologie / Departement für Psychologie - R. Faucigny 2 - 1700 Fribourg / Freiburg - Tel +41 26 300 7620 - Fax +41 26 / 300 9712 - psychologie [at] unifr.ch - uni