Equipe 1 - DynaCSE

Research Topics   


My research addresses the dynamics of social-cognitive processes that are involved in the performance of persons who practice physical or sport activities either for health, well-being, or competition. My favorite topic is achievement motivation as it can be examined through the lens of the dynamical systems theory. I am also interested in another topic that features these dynamical patterns well: psychological momentum, a phenomenon that reflects how individuals may either spiral up, thus getting on a roll (positive momentum), or spiral down and maybe collapse (negative momentum).



Ongoing projects


- Identification of the conditions under which the relative prepotence of approach and avoidance behaviors displays one of three dynamic patterns: resistance of the currently prepotent motivational state to perturbation (stability), oscillation in the relative prepotence of approach and avoidance in response to perturbation (instability), and reversal in the relative prepotence of approach and avoidance in response to perturbation (nonlinear change).

- Agent-based modelling of approach and avoidance in achievement contexts.

- Examination of the dynamics of short term and long term psychological momentum in sport.


Administratives charges within the laboratory


- Head of the team “Cognitive and Social-Cognitive Emerging Dynamics (DynaCSE)”

- Member of the Managing Council of the laboratory

Main scientific productions (2011-2015)


Den Hartigh, R. J. R., Cox, R. F. A., Gernigon, C., Van Yperen, N. W., & Van Geert, P. L. C. (in press). Pink noise in rowing ergometer performance and the role of expertise. Motor Control.

Gernigon, C., Pereira Dias, C., Riou, F., Briki, W., & Ninot, G. (in press). Reference system of competence and engagement in adapted physical activities of people with recent spinal cord injury. Disability and Rehabilitation. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.1002575

Romain, A.-J., Bernard, P., Gernigon, C., & Avignon, A. (in press). Measuring the processes of change from the transtheoretical model for physical activity and exercise in overweight and obese adults. American Journal of Health Promotion. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.140103-QUAN-9

Romain, A.-J., Attalin, V., Sultan, A., Boegner, C., Gernigon, C., & Avignon, A. (2014). Experiential or behavioral processes: Which one is prominent in physical activity? Examining the processes of change 1 year after an intervention of therapeutic education among adults with obesity. Patient Education and Counseling, 97, 261-268. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2014.08.004

Den Hartigh, R. J. R., Van der Steen, S., De Meij, M., Van Yperen, N. W., Gernigon, C., & Van Geert, P. L. C. (2014). Characterising expert representations during real time action: A Skill Theory application to soccer. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26, 754-767. doi: 10.1080/20445911.2014.955028

Den Hartigh, R. J. R., Gernigon, C., Van Yperen N. W., Marin, L., & Van Geert, P. L. C. (2014). How psychological and behavioral team states change during positive and negative momentum. PloS ONE, 9(5): e97887. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0097887

Bernard, P., Romain, A.-J., Trouillet, R., Gernigon, C., Nigg, C., & Ninot, G. (2014). Validation of the TTM processes of change measure for physical activity in an adult French sample. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 21, 402-410. doi: 10.1007/s12529-013-9292-3

Briki, W., Doron, J., Markman, K. D., Den Hartigh, R. J. R., & Gernigon, C. (2014). Differential reactions of virtual actors and observers to the triggering and interruption of psychological momentum. Motivation and Emotion, 38, 263-269. doi: 10.1007/s11031-013-9372-3

Briki, W., Den Hartigh, R. J. R., Markman, K. D., & Gernigon, C. (2014). How do sport supporters experience positive and negative psychological momentum changes during a simulated cycling competition? Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15, 216-221.

Corrion, K., Gernigon, C., Debois, N., & d’Arripe-Longueville, F. (2013). Factor validity and reliability of the resistive self-regulatory efficacy in sport scale (RSRESS) in a French sample. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 44, 128-144. doi: 10.7352/IJSP.2013.44.128

Sanchez, A. M. J., Borrani, F., Le Fur, M.-A., Le Mieux, A., Lecoutre, V., Py, G., Gernigon, C., Collomp, K., & Candau, R. (2013). Acute supra-therapeutic oral terbutaline administration has no ergogenic effect in non-asthmatic athletes. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 113, 411-418. doi: 10.1007/s00421-012-2447-0

Briki, W., Den Hartigh, R. J. R., Markman, K. D., Micallef, J.-P., & Gernigon, C. (2013). How psychological momentum changes in athletes during a sport competition. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 389-396.

Briki, W., Den Hartigh, R. J. R., Hauw, D., & Gernigon, C. (2012). A qualitative exploration of the psychological contents and dynamics of momentum in sport. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 43, 365-384. doi: 10.7352/IJSP2012.43.365

Riou, F., Boiché, J., Doron, J., Romain, A.-J., Corrion, K., Ninot, G., d’Arripe-Longueville, F., & Gernigon, C. (2012). Development and validation of the French Achievement Goal Questionnaire for Sport and Exercise (FAGQSE). European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 28, 313-320. doi: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000112

Romain, A.-J., Bernard, P., Attalin, V., Gernigon, C., Ninot, G., & Avignon, A. (2012). Health-related quality of life and stages of behavioural change for exercise in overweight/obese individuals. Diabetes & Metabolism, 38, 352-358.

Scoffier, S., Gernigon, C., & d’Arripe-Longueville, F. (2012). Effects of achievement goals on self-regulation of eating attitudes in elite female athletes: An experimental study. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13, 201-207. doi: org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.11.005

Coudevylle, G. R., Gernigon, C., & Martin Ginis, K. A. (2011). Self-esteem, self-confidence, anxiety and claimed self-handicapping: A mediational analysis. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 12, 670-675. doi:org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.05.008









Christophe Gernigon




Professeur des Universités