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Isabella Zsoldos

Isabella Zsoldos

Ph.D./Docteure en psychologie cognitive Temporary research associate/ATER, Université Savoie Mont Blanc, Chambéry

Research interests

My main areas of research are :
- Emotions and emotion regulation,
- Affective neuroscience,
- Normal and pathological aging,
- Automatic (non-conscious) and controlled (conscious) processes.

I study the age-related modifications linked to emotion processing, regarding attentional features, physiology, and cerebral activity. I am also interested in the distinction between automatic and controlled emotional processes, and how they respectively relate to non-conscious and conscious processes.

Keywords : Emotion ; Aging ; Attention ; Automatic and Controlled Processes ; Conscious and Non-conscious Processes ; Neuroimaging ; Neurophysiology ; Physiology


Zsoldos, I., Cousin, E., Klein-Koerkamp, Y., Pichat, C., & Hot, P. (2016). Age-related differences in brain activity during implicit and explicit processing of fearful facial expressions. Brain Research, 1650, 208-217. doi : 10.1016/j.brainres.2016.09.004

Hot, P., Zsoldos, I., & Carrier, J. (2015). The Relationship between Sleep and Emotion among the Elderly. In Babson, K.A., Feldner, M.T (Ed.), Sleep and affect : Assessment, Theory, and Clinical Implications. San Diego : Elsevier Academic Press Inc.

Hot, P., Klein-Koerkamp, Y., Borg, C., Richard-Mornas, A., Zsoldos, I., Paignon, A., Thomas Antérion, C., & Baciu, M. (2013). Fear recognition impairment in early-stage Alzheimer’s disease : When focusing on the eyes region improves performance. Brain Cognition, 82(1), 25-34.

Zsoldos, I., Fromant, F., & Hot, P. (2018) Automatic and controlled emotion regulation in aging : the case of expressive suppression. Under review.

Zsoldos, I., & Hot, P. (2018). Event-related potentials study of emotional processing in older adults : Is the positivity effect an automatic or controlled process ? In preparation.


Zsoldos, I., Fromant, F., & Hot, P. Automatic and controlled emotion regulation in aging : the case of expressive suppression. Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE), Glasgow, Scotland, 4 – 5 avril 2018. (poster)

Zsoldos, I.. Assessment of the socioemotional selectivity theory in healthy aging and in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Journées d’Étude du Vieillissement, Chambéry, France, 5 – 6 mars 2018. (talk)

Zsoldos, I., Hot, P. The time course of emotion processing in aging : is there a positivity bias ? 18th World Congress of Psychophysiology, Havana, 31 August – 4 September 2016. (poster)

Oliva, S., Zsoldos, I., Louyest, M., Bachellerie, C., Giroud, M., Gervasoni, L., Hot, P. Biais émotionnels sur le traitement attentionnel dans la maladie d’Alzheimer. Colloque du GREPACO, Chambéry, France, 9-10 juin 2016. (poster)

Zsoldos, I., Cousin, E., Klein Koerkamp, Y., Pichat, C., Hot, P. Age-related changes in brain activity during implicit and explicit processing of fearful facial expressions. Meeting of the International Society for Research on Emotion, Geneva, Swiss, July 8-10 2015. (poster)

Zsoldos, I., Hot, P. Émotions & Vieillissement : Données Psychophysiologiques. Journées de la Société de Psychophysiologie et de Neurosciences Cognitives, Chambéry, France, 30-31 octobre 2014. (talk)

Hot, P., Zsoldos, I., Klein-Koerkamp, Y., Cousin, E., Pichat, C., & Baciu, M. Age Related Changes in Brain Activity During Incidental Facial Emotion Recognition. 26th APS Annual Convention, San Francisco, 22-25 mai 2014. (poster)


  • 2013-2017 : PhD in Cognitive Sciences, Psychology, and Neurocognition, Laboratory of Psychology and NeuroCognition, University Savoie Mont Blanc (Chambéry, France). Supervisor : Pr. Pascal Hot. Title of the thesis : Behavioral and neurocognitive study of automatic and controlled emotion processing in healthy aging.
  • 2012-2013 : Master degree (2nd year) in Neuropsychology and Clinical Neurosciences (Universities of Grenoble, Lyon, and Toulouse). Research project : Implicit processing of emotional facial expressions and amygdala activity in aging and Alzheimer disease (a fMRI study).
  • 2011-2012 : Master degree (1st year) in Cognitive Psychology (University Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble). Research project : Implicit and explicit emotional processing in healthy aging.
  • 2007-2010 : Degree in Psychology (University Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble). I spent one semester in 2009 as a visiting student at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland).