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Jean-Francois Verlhiac

Jean-Francois Verlhiac

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My work falls within the framework of social cognition and social psychology applied to health. Two fields are identifiable: 1- Social judgment, attitudes and terror management theory; 2- Health, stress, communication and prevention. I approach the effects of social context (threatening contexts, stress, death saliency, fear-appeal, normative and organizational contexts) on judgement, perceived vulnerability and inequalities, health-behaviors and organizational behaviors.


I am a full member of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) as well as the Association pour la Diffusion de la Recherche Internationale en Psychologie Sociale (ADRIPS).

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Health Psychology
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Bazillier, C., Verlhiac, J. F., Mallet, P., & Rouëssé, J. (2011). Prectictors of intention to eat healthily in children aged 8-9 years old. Journal of Cancer Education, 26(3), 572-576.
  • Chappé, J., Verlhiac, J.-F., & Meyer, T. (2007). Optimisme et pessimisme comparatifs consécutifs à l'exposition à plusieurs messages menaçants. Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée/European Review of Applied Psychology, 57, 223-35.
  • Delhomme, P., Verlhiac, J.-F., & Martha, C. (2009). Are drivers' comparative risk judgments about speeding realistic? Journal of Safety Research, 40, 333-339.
  • Desrichard, O., Verlhiac, J.-F., & Milhabet, I. (2001). Beliefs about average-risk, efficacy and effort as sources of comparative optimism. International Review of Social Psychology, 14(4), 105-141.
  • Goncalves, I., Verlhiac, J.-F., Meyer, T. & Hutchison, P. (2012). TMT & biculturalism: When the salience of cultural duality affects worldview defense in the face of death. European Psychologist, 17, 3, 237-245.
  • Mazé, C., & Verlhiac, J.-F. (2013). Stress et stratégies de coping d'étudiants en première année universitaire: rôle distinctifs de facteurs transactionnels et dispositionnels/Stress and coping strategies of first-year students: Distinctive roles of transactional and dispositional factors. Psychologie Française, 58, 2, 89-105.
  • Milhabet, I., Desrichard, O., & Verlhiac, J.-F. (2001). Social comparison and risk perception. International Review of Social Psychology. Special Issue, 14(4).
  • Milhabet, I., & Verlhiac, J.-F. (2011). Social acceptance of comparative optimism and realism. Psychological Reports, 109(2), 393-410.
  • Taschini, E., Urdapilleta, I., Verlhiac, J.-F., & Tavani, J.L. (2015). Représentations sociales de l'alcoolisme féminin et masculin en fonction des pratiques de consommation d'alcool. Cahiers Internationaux de Psychologie Sociale, 107, 3, 435-461.
  • Verlhiac, J.-F. (2006). Les effets du statut et de la privation relative sur l'optimisme comparatif de sujets de faibles ressources socio-économiques [The effects of status and relative deprivation on comparative optimism in subjects with low socioeconomic resources]. Cahiers Internationaux de Psychologie Sociale, 72, 23-36.
  • Verlhiac, J.-F. (2000). L'effet de faux consensus: Une revue empirique et théorique. L'année Psychologique, 100, 141-82.
  • Verlhiac, J.-F. (1999). Nondiagnostic information and the effects of context evaluation in the moderation of False Consensus. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 58, 12-21.
  • Verlhiac, J.-F., Bonnet, A., & Ranucci, M.-F. (2006). Les effets de variables psychosociales sur l'intentionn d'adolescents obèses de changer leurs comportements [The effects of psychosocial variables on obese adolescents' intention to change their behaviors]. Pratiques Psychologiques, 12, 347-364.
  • Verlhiac, J.-F., Chappé, J., & Meyer, T. (2011). Comparative optimism and pessimism and tobacco preventive messages: Does congruency of vivid pictures with message framing make a difference? Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41, 9, 2104–2122.
  • Verlhiac, J.-F., Desrichard, O., Milhabet, I., & Arab, N. (2005). Effets de la réputation du groupe scolaire d’appartenance et des facteurs de vulnérabilité personnelle sur l’Optimisme Comparatif/Effects of reputation of junior school and of factors of vulnerability on comparative optimism. L'Orientation Scolaire et Professionnelle, 34, 119-141.
  • Weise, D. R., Arciszewski, T., Verlhiac, J.-F, Pyszczynski, T., & Greenberg, J. (2012). Terror management and attitudes toward immigrants: Differential effects of mortality salience for low and high right-wing authoritarians. European Psychologist, 1, 17, 63-72.

Other Publications:

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Health Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Social Judgments and Attitudes
  • Social Psychology and Health

Jean-Francois Verlhiac
Département de Psychologie
Université Paris Nanterre
200, av. de la République
92001 Nanterre
France

  • Phone: 33 1 40 97 75 03
  • Fax: 33 1 40 97 71 58

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