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Psychology of language

Ph.D. Marc Ouellet

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Ph.D. Marc Ouellet







Curriculum Vitae

In September 2009, Marc Ouellet completed his doctoral thesis concerning the spatial mapping of time, under supervision of Dr. Julio Santiago (University of Granada). Afterwards, he was awarded a postdoctoral Marie Curie grant (FP7 program), under the supervision of Prof. Michel Fayol (University Blaise Pascal of Clermont-Ferrand, France). He is now a tenured lecturer (on leave) at the department "Psychologie, Sciences Sociales et Sciences de l’Éducation" at Blaise Pascal University of Clermont-Ferrand (France). He is also working at University of Granada (Spain) thanks to a Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral fellowship (JCI-2012-13046) from the Spanish MEC. In 2011 he was awarded the APA Division 3 (American Psychological Association, Division of Experimental Psychology) New Investigator Award.

Research Interests

  • Production (programming and control) of skilled behaviour, with special reference to language and speech.
  • Language development and disorders.
  • Neural bases of language and skill.
  • Linguistic relativity.
  • Autism.
  • Meaning and mental representation. Metaphors. Mental models. Language and space.



  • Barca, L., Pezzulo, G., Ouellet, M., & Ferrand, L. (under review).Dynamic lexical decisions in French:Evidence for a feedback inconsistency effect. Acta Psychologica.

  • IglesiasFernández, E., & Ouellet, M. (under review). From the phone to the classroom.Categories of problems for telephone interpreting training. The Interpreters' Newsletter.

  • Spatola, N., Santiago, J., Beffara, B., Mermillod, M., Ferrand, L., & Ouellet, M. (under review). When the sad past is left: the conceptual maps between Time, Valence, and Space. Quaterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

  • Iglesias Fernández, E., Ouellet, M., & Wang, C.(under review). Interpreting students´ knowledge of scoring criteria. Exploring cultural and gender differences for a better design of the pleasant voice criterion in interpreting evaluation. IGI Global.

  • Beffara, B., Wicker, B., Vermeulen, N., Ouellet, M., Bret, A., Funes Molina, M.J., & Mermillod, M. (2015). Does Low Spatial Frequency Information Really Have a Preferential Role in Emotional Frontal Inhibition? Journal of vision. 15 - 6, pp. 16, 1 - 9. PDF

  • Beffara, B., Ouellet, M., Vermeulen, N., Basu, A., Morisseau, T., & Mermillod, M. (2012). Enhanced embodied response following ambiguous emotional processing. Cognitive Processing, 13, S103-S106. PDF

  • Ouellet, M., Román, A., & Santiago, J. (2012). A multisensory interaction effect in the conceptual realm of time. Experimental Psychology, 59, 236-242. PDF

  • Santiago, J., Ouellet, M., Román, A., & Valenzuela, J. (2012). Attentional factors in conceptual congruency. Cognitive Science, 36, 1051-1077. PDF

  • Ouellet, M., Santiago, J., Israeli, Z., & Gabay, S. (2010). Is the future the right time? Experimental Psychology, 57, 308-314. PDF

  • Ouellet, M., Santiago, J., Funes, M. J., & Lupiáñez, J. (2010). Thinking about the future moves attention to the right. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human, Perception and Performance, 36, 17-24. PDF

  • Santiago, J., Román, A., Ouellet, M., Rodríguez, N., & Pérez-Azor, P. (2010). In hindsight, life flows from left to right. Psychological Research, 74, 59-70. PDF

  • Meyer, A. S., Ouellet, M., & Häcker, C. (2008). Parallel processing of objects in a naming task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 34, 982-987. PDF

Book chapters and Proceedings

  • Santiago, J., Román, A., & Ouellet, M. (2011) Flexible foundations of abstract thought: A review and a theory. In A. Maas & T. Schubert (Eds). Spatial dimensions of social thought (pp. 39-108). Leipzig, Germany: de Gruyter Mouton.

  • Ouellet, M., Santiago, J., Funes, M. J., & Lupiáñez, J.(2010). Orientación espacial de la atención mediante conceptos temporales. In E. Añaños, S. Estaun & M. T. Mas (Eds.). La Atención (IV): Un enfoque pluridisciplinar (pp. 29-41). Barcelona: Montflorit Edicions i Assessoraments, S.L.

  • Ouellet, M., Santiago, J., Israeli, Z., & Gabay, S. (2009). Multimodal influences of orthographic directionality on the "Time is Space" conceptual metaphor. In Niels Taatgen & Hedderik van Rijn (Eds). Proceedings of 31th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1840-45). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Cognitive Science Society, Inc.

  • Ouellet, M., Santiago, J., García-Krafes, E., & Román, A. (2007). Spanish Lexical Stress: Evidence for a dual-route model. In Mª Manuela Fernández Sánchez y Ricardo Muñoz Martín (Coord.), Aproximaciones cognitivas al estudio de la traducción y la interpretación (pp. 147-168). Granada:Editorial Comares, S.L..

Funded Research Projects

Conceptualización del tiempo: relación con la atención, espacio, emoción y toma de decisiones a través de individuos, culturas y religiones (Temporal thought: relation to attention, space, emotion and decision making across individuals, cultures, and religions), ref. PSI2015-67531-P, to Julio Santiago (Principal Investigator), Daniel Casasanto, Tilbe Göksun, Alex Kranjec, Joseph Lavallee, Marc Ouellet, and Slavica Tutnjevic. Funded by the Spanish Ministery of Economy and Competitivity, Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia, 2016-2018, 38400 €.

Vinculando los conceptos a la experiencia: Iconicidad en el lenguaje oral, signado y escrito (Grounding concepts in experience: Iconicity in oral, signed, and written language), ref. PSI2012-32464, to Julio Santiago (Principal Investigator), Gabriella Vigliocco, Daniel Casasanto, Abderrahman El Fathi, Marc Ouellet, and Jose Isidro Martínez-Cascales. Funded by the Spanish Ministery of Economy and Competitivity, Plan Nacional de Investigación Científica, Desarrollo e Innovación Tecnológica (I+D+i), 2013-2015, 49000 €.

Metáforas conceptuales: Lenguaje, pensamiento y cerebro (Conceptual metaphors: Language, thought and brain), ref. P09-SEJ-4772, to Julio Santiago (Principal Investigator), Javier Valenzuela, Daniel Casasanto, Mitchell Valdés, Sylvie Chokron, Cristina Soriano and Abderrahman El Fathi. Funded by the Consejería de Innovación, Ciencia y Empresa, Junta de Andalucía, and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), 2010-2014. 157923 €.

He worked as a member (from 01/10/2010 to 30/09/2011) for the projet Enhancing Literacy Development in European Languages (ELDEL), ref. 215961, Principal Investigator: Markéta Caravolas Manzanares. Funded by Marie Curie Actions, FP7 (ITN) program, 01/09/2008-31/08/2012. 3 750 000 €

Lingüística cognitiva y realidad psicolingüística: validación psicolingüística de algunos constructos clave en la lingüística cognitiva (metáforas, construcciones, fonemas y relativismo lingüístico) (Cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistic reality: psycholinguistic validation of some key constructs in cognitive linguistics (metaphor, constructions, phonemes and linguistic relativism)), ref. 05817/PHCS/07, to Javier Valenzuela (Principal Investigator), Antonio Barcelona, Cristina Soriano, Ana Rojo, Iraide Ibarretxe, Jose Antonio Mompeán, Rafael Rocamora, Juana Marín, Paula Cifuentes, Pilar Mompeán, Marc Ouellet and Julio Santiago. Funded by the Fundación SENECA, 2008-2010. 23 000 €.

Metáforas Conceptuales: Realidad Psicológica, Flexibilidad y Bases Cerebrales (Conceptual metaphors: Psychological Reality, Flexibility and Brain Basis), ref. SEJ2006-04732/PSIC, to Julio Santiago (Principal Investigator), Javier Valenzuela, Daniel Casasanto, Marc Ouellet and Mitchell Valdés. Funded by the DGI, Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (Spanish Ministry of Education and Science), Plan Nacional de Investigación Científica, Desarrollo e Innovación Tecnológica (I+D+i), 01/10/2006-30/09/2009. 76 956 €.

He worked for the Marcos Estructurales en Percepción, Producción y Adquisición del Lenguaje. (Structural Frames in Language Perception, Production, and Acquisition), ref. BS02002-02993, to Alfonso Palma (Principal Investigator), Julio Santiago and Nicolás Gutiérrez. Funded by the DGESIC, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura (Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture), Programa Sectorial de Promoción General del Conocimiento (Program for General Promotion of Knowledge), 2002-2005. 23 000 €.


Curriculum Vitae