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Olivier Houdé: the school must "learn to resist"


INTERVIEW - Our brain adheres to illusions, whether visual or cognitive, observes the psychologist. Hence many errors of judgment.

A teacher and psychologist, Olivier Houdé created in 1998 the laboratory of psychology of child development and education (LaPsyDÉ) at the Sorbonne.

In close links with the Academy of Paris, this CNRS laboratory carried out the very first research in France using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with volunteer children from nursery and primary schools.

Objective: understand how they learn to read, write, count, but also to reason.

A disciple of Piaget, Olivier Houdé is known for his theory of “cognitive inhibition” in reasoning, or how to teach his brain to “resist” his intuitions.

In 2018, Olivier Houdé was elected member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, bringing psychology and child development to the Institut de France.


- What is "cognitive resistance"?

Olivier HOUDÉ.


It is the ability, thanks to his brain, to resist his own brain

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Source: lefigaro

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