Julie Bertels

Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences

 

Born January 2nd 1983, in Etterbeek

Belgian

Legal cohabitant, two children (2011 & 2013)

 

Consciousness, Cognition & Computation Group

Center for Research in Cognition and Neurosciences

Université libre de Bruxelles

Avenue F.D. Roosevelt, 50 – CP 191

B – 1050 Brussels, Belgium

 

+32.477.20.47.74

jbertels@gmail.com

 

MAJOR RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

Development, infancy, childhood, statistical learning, consciousness, attention, emotion, mood

 

POSITIONS HELD

 

2016 – 2017               Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Research in Cognition and Neurosciences (CRCN), Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

Integration within the ULBabyLab – Consciousness, Cognition & Computation Group (CO3, dir. A. Cleeremans)

Project title: The Radical Plasticity Thesis: How we learn to be conscious (European Research Council advanced grant to Prof. Axel Cleeremans)

 

2012 – 2016               Postdoctoral Researcher at Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique – FNRS

Integration within the ULBabyLab – Consciousness, Cognition & Computation Group (CO3, dir. A. Cleeremans), Center for Research in Cognition and Neurosciences (CRCN), Université Libre de Bruxelles

Project title: Spatial attentional biases to emotional stimuli in infants and young children

 

2009 – 2012               Scientific Research Worker at Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique – FNRS

Integration within the ULBabyLab – Consciousness, Cognition, & Computation Group (CO3, dir. A. Cleeremans), Université Libre de Bruxelles

Project title: Elementary mechanisms of implicit statistical learning: A developmental approach

 

May-June 2011 Visiting scholar at the School of Psychology (Dir. S. Handley), University of Plymouth (United Kingdom)

Purpose of the stay: Implementation of a research on attentional biases to the emotional content of pictures in 7- to 10-month-old infants, and collaboration on a research on the semantic categorization of words and pictures in 18-month-olds (led by Prof. Caroline Floccia)

 

2005 – 2009               Research Fellow at the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique – FNRS

Integration within the Research Unit in Cognitive Neurosciences (UNESCOG, dir. R. Kolinsky), Université Libre de Bruxelles

Project title: Influences between emotion and attention

 

EDUCATION

 

2005 – 2009               Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

Supervisors: Prof. Régine Kolinsky and José Morais

Committee: J. De Houwer, A. Cleeremans, O. Klein, O. Luminet

Thesis: Influence de la valence émotionnelle de stimuli auditifs verbaux sur l’orientation de l’attention [Influence of the emotional valence of auditory verbal stimuli on attentional orienting]

 

2005 – 2006              In-depth study diploma (DEA) in Psychological Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

Supervisors: Prof. Régine Kolinsky and José Morais

Committee: G. Crombez, A. Cleeremans, D. Holender

Thesis: Etude de la capture et du maintien de l’attention exercés par des stimuli auditifs verbaux chargés émotionnellement [Study of the capture and holding of attention by emotional auditory verbal stimuli]

 

2000 – 2005               Master in Psychological Sciences, ULB, with “La Plus Grande Distinction et les Félicitations du Jury”

Supervisors: Prof. Régine Kolinsky and José Morais

Thesis: Etude du biais attentionnel lié à la valence émotionnelle de stimuli auditifs verbaux [Study of the attentional bias linked to the emotional valence of auditory verbal stimuli]

 

2003 – 2004               Erasmus exchange student at Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain

 

AWARDS

 

Dec. 2005                    Médaille de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles

[Award from the Université Libre de Bruxelles for the best academic background]

 

PUBLICATIONS (17+4)

 

BOOK CHAPTERS (2)

 

2015           Destrebecqz, A., Franco, A., Bertels, J., & Gaillard, V. (2015). Direct and indirect measures of statistical learning. In M. Overgaard (Ed.), Behavioural Methods in Consciousness Research (pp. 107-120). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

 

2010           Kolinsky, R., Bertels, J., & Morais, J. (2010). Biais attentionnels liés à la valence émotionnelle de stimuli parlés et musicaux. In R. Kolinsky, J. Morais, & I. Peretz (Eds.), Musique, langage, émotion: Approche neuro-cognitive (pp. 89-109). Presses Universitaires de Rennes.

 

PEER-REVIEWED PAPERS (15+3)

 

In preparation

 

Bertels, J., Destrebecqz, A. & de Heering, A. (in prep.). Rapid categorization of snakes in infancy: Evidence from fast periodic visual stimulation.

 

Submitted                

Destrebecqz, A., Vande Velde, M., San Anton, E., Cleeremans, A., & Bertels, J. (submitted). Saving the Perruchet effect: A role for the strength of the association in associative learning.

 

Bertels, J., San Anton, E., & Destrebecqz, A. (submitted). Fine-grained visual statistical learning in infancy: Revisiting Kirkham et al. (2002).

 

2017           Bertels, J., Bayard, C., Floccia, C., & Destrebecqz, A. (2017). Rapid detection of snakes modulates spatial orienting in infancy. International Journal of Behavioral Development.

 

2016          Bertels, J., San Anton, E., Gebuis, T., & Destrebecqz, A. (2016). Learning the association between a context and a target location in infancy. Developmental Science, doi: 10.1111/desc.12397.

 

2015           Bertels, J., Destrebecqz, A., & Franco, A. (2015). Interacting effects of task instructions and presentation rate on visual statistical learning. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(1806), doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01806.

 

Bertels, J., & Kolinsky, R. (2015). Disentangling fast and slow attentional influences of negative and taboo spoken words in the emotional Stroop paradigm. Cognition and Emotion, 21, 1-12. Bertels & Kolinsky, 2015.pdf

 

Franco, A., Eberlen, J., Destrebecqz, A., Cleeremans, A, & Bertels J. (2015). Rapid Serial Auditory Presentation: A new measure of statistical learning in speech segmentation. Experimental Psychology, 62, 346-351. Franco, Eberlen, Cleeremans, Destrebecqz, & Bertels (2015).pdf

 

Bertels, J., Boursain, E., Destrebecqz, A., & Gaillard, V. (2015). Visual statistical learning in children and young adults: How implicit? Frontiers in Psychology, 5(1541), doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01541. Bertels, Boursain, Destrebecqz, & Gaillard, 2015.pdf

 

2014           Bertels J.*, Deliens, G.*, Peigneux, P., & Destrebecqz, A. (2014). The Brussels Mood Inductive Audio Stories Database. Behavior Research Methods, 46(4), 1098-1107. Bertels, Deliens, Peigneux, & Destrebecqz, 2014.pdf Brussels MIAS Database Low Quality.zip Brussels MIAS Database High Quality.zip

* Both authors contributed equally

 

2013           Bertels, J., Demoulin, C., Franco, A., & Destrebecqz, A. (2013). Side effects of being blue: Influence of sad mood on visual statistical learning. PLoS ONE, 8(3): e59832. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0059832. Bertels, Demoulin, Franco & Destrebecqz, 2013.pdf

 

Bertels, J., Kolinsky, R., Coucke, D., & Morais, J. (2013). When a bang makes you run away: Spatial avoidance of threatening environmental sounds. Neuroscience Letters, 535, 78-83. Bertels, Kolinsky, Coucke, & Morais, 2013.pdf

 

2012           Bertels, J., Franco, A., & Destrebecqz, A. (2012). How implicit is visual statistical learning? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 38(5), 1425-1431. Bertels, Franco, & Destrebecqz, 2012.pdf

 

Bertels, J., Kolinsky, R., & Morais, J. (2012). Lack of habituation to shocking words: The attentional bias to their spatial origin is context-free. Cognition and Emotion, 26(8), 1345-1358. Bertels, Kolinsky, & Morais, 2012.pdf

 

2011           Bertels, J., Kolinsky, R., Bernaerts, A., & Morais, J. (2011). Effects of emotional spoken words on exogenous attentional orienting. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 23(4), 435-452. Bertels, Kolinsky, Bernaerts, & Morais, 2011.pdf

 

Bertels, J., Kolinsky, R., Pietrons, E., & Morais, J. (2011). Long-lasting attentional influence of negative and taboo words in an auditory variant of the emotional Stroop task. Emotion, 11(1), 29-37. Bertels, Kolinsky, Pietrons, & Morais, 2011.pdf

 

2010          Bertels, J., Kolinsky, R., & Morais, J. (2010). Emotional valence of spoken words influences the spatial orienting of attention. Acta Psychologica, 134, 264-278. Bertels, Kolinsky, & Morais, 2010.pdf

 

2009           Bertels, J., Kolinsky, R., & Morais, J. (2009). Norms of emotional valence, arousal, threatening value and shocking value for 80 spoken French words – Comparison between neutral and emotional tones of voice. Psychologica Belgica, 49-1, 19-40. Bertels, Kolinsky & Morais, 2009.pdf

 

PUBLISHED CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS (2)

 

2016           Bertels, J. Destrebecqz, A., & de Heering, A. (2016). Rapid categorization of snakes in the infant’s occipital cortex: Evidence from fast periodic visual stimulation. Frontiers in Aging Neurosciences, 8, doi: 10.3389/conf.fnagi.2016.03.00030

 

2008           Bertels, J., Kolinsky, R., & Morais, J. (2008). Auditory adaptations of the dot probe task and the emotional cuing paradigm: How does the emotional valence of spoken words influence the orienting of attention in healthy subjects? International Journal of Psychology, 43, 3-4, 588-588.

 

INVITED TALKS (2)

 

April 2016                   Invitation from Prof. Hermann Bulf (Faculty of Psychology – Milano-Bicocca University)

                                                  Title of the talk: Perceptual biases towards threat-relevant stimuli in infancy

 

August 2008             Invitation from Dr. Julia Vogt (Faculty of Psychology – Ghent University)

                                                  Title of the talk: Emotional valence of spoken words influences the spatial orienting of attention: Evidence from an auditory adaptation of the dot probe task

 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS (16)

 

2016           Bertels, J. Perceptual biases towards threat-relevant stimuli in infancy. Internal Connex seminar of the Center for Research in Cognition and Neurosciences (CRCN), Brussels, Belgium.

 

2015          Bertels, J., Bayard, C., & Destrebecqz, A. (September 2015). Spatial attentional biases to threat-relevant stimuli in infancy. Nineteenth ESCoP (European Society for Cognitive Psychology) Conference, Paphos, Cyprus. 

 

Bertels, J., Destrebecqz, A., Franco, A. (June 2015). Impact of presentation rate and incidental vs. intentional learning conditions on visual statistical learning: Acquired knowledge and its availability to consciousness. Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning, San Sebastian, Spain.

 

Destrebecqz, A., Bertels, J., Vandevelde, M., San Anton, A., & Cleeremans, A. (March 2015). What is the basis of human associative learning? International Convention of Psychological Science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 

2014          San Anton, E., Bertels, J., Gebuis, T., & Destrebecqz, A. (May 2014).  Does learning modulate visual attention in infancy? An experiment based on the head turn preference procedure? Third International Conference on Implicit Learning, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

 

2013           Bertels, J., Gaillard, V., Boursain, E., & Destrebecqz, A. (June 2013). Visual statistical learning in children: How implicit? Second Seminar on Implicit Learning, Bergen, Norway.

 

Destrebecqz, A., Bertels, J., & Cleeremans, A. (June 2013). What is the basis of human associative learning? Second Seminar on Implicit Learning, Bergen, Norway.

 

Franco, A., Bertels, J., Destrebecqz, A., & Cleeremans, A. (June 2013). The role of consciousness in statistical learning: Conceptual and methodological issues. Second Seminar on Implicit Learning, Bergen, Norway.

 

2012           Demoulin, C., Bertels, J., & Kolinsky, R. (May 2012). Effects of emotion induced by music on attention: An emotional cuing study. Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE 2012), Canterbury, United Kingdom.

 

2011           Bertels, J., Franco, A., San Anton, M. E., & Destrebecqz, A. (September 2011). How implicit is visual statistical learning? Seventeenth ESCoP (European Society for Cognitive Psychology) Conference, San Sebastian, Spain.

 

2010           Bertels, J., Franco, A., & Destrebecqz, A. (June 2010). Is statistical learning exclusively implicit? Fourteenth annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness – ASSC14, Toronto, Canada.

 

2008           Bertels, J., Kolinsky, R., & Morais, J. (July 2008). Auditory adaptations of the dot probe task and the emotional cuing paradigm: How does the emotional valence of spoken words influence the orienting of attention in healthy subjects? International Congress of Psychology – ICP2008, Berlin, Germany.

 

Bertels, J., Kolinsky, R., & Morais, J. (May 2008). Attentional biases to auditorily presented emotional stimuli. BAPS (Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences) annual meeting, Leuven, Belgium.

 

2007           Bertels, J., Kolinsky, R., & Morais, J. (October 2007). Attentional biases to emotional spoken words: Divergences in the effects observed with the attentional deployment task and with the cuing paradigm. Cem07 – Cognition, Emotion, Motivation, Hammamet, Tunisia.

 

Bertels, J., Kolinsky, R., & Morais, J. (April 2007). The appeal of the forbidden fruit: Evidence for increased maintaining of attention by taboo but not by negative words. Joint meeting between BAPS (Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences) and EPS (Experimental Psychology Society), Cardiff, United Kingdom.

 

2006           Bertels, J., Kolinsky, R., & Morais, J. (November 2006). Etude du biais attentionel lié à la valence émotionnelle de stimuli auditifs verbaux. Troisième Journée des Doctorants en Sciences Cognitives, Brussels, Belgium.

 

POSTERS (33)

 

2016          Bertels, J., Destrebecqz, A., & de Heering, A. (Octobre 2016). Rapid categorization of snakes in the infant’s occipital cortex: Evidence from fast periodic visual stimulation. Belgian Brain Congress 2016, Mons, Belgique.          

 

Bertels, J., Bayard, C., & Destrebecqz, A. (May 2016). Modulation of spatial attentional orienting by threat-relevant Stimuli in infancy. XX Biennal International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, United States of America.

 

San Anton, E., Destrebecqz, A., & Bertels J. (May 2016). Visual statistical learning: What do 8-month-old infants learn? XX Biennal International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, United States of America.

 

Bertels, J., Destrebecqz, A., & de Heering, A. (May 2016). Rapid categorization of snakes, but not frogs, in the infant’s posterior cortex: Evidence from fast periodic visual stimulation. XX Biennal International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, United States of America.

 

Bertels, J., Bayard, C., & Destrebecqz, A. (January 2016). Modulation of attentional orienting by threat-relevant stimuli in infancy. 2016 Budapest CEU Conference in Cognitive Development (BCCCD16), Budapest, Hungary.

 

Bertels, J., San Anton, E., Gebuis, T., & Destrebecqz, A. (January 2016). Learning the association between a context and a target location in infancy. 2016 Budapest CEU Conference in Cognitive Development (BCCCD16), Budapest, Hungary.

 

2015           Bertels, J., Destrebecqz, A., Franco, A. (September 2015). Impact of Instructions and presentation rate on visual statistical learning. Nineteenth ESCoP (European Society for Cognitive Psychology) Conference, Paphos, Cyprus.

San Anton, E., Destrebecqz, A., & Bertels, J. (September 2015). Visual statistical learning in infancy: Revisiting Kirkham et al. (2002). Nineteenth ESCoP (European Society for Cognitive Psychology) Conference, Paphos, Cyprus.

 

Franco, A., Bertels, J., & Kolinsky, R. (September 2015). Does metalinguistic skills play a role on statistical speech segmentation. Nineteenth ESCoP (European Society for Cognitive Psychology) Conference, Paphos, Cyprus.

 

Bertels, J., Destrebecqz, A., Franco, A. (July 2015). Do presentation rate and incidental vs. intentional learning conditions impact on visual statistical learning? Influences on the acquired knowledge and its availability to consciousness. Nineteenth annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness – ASSC14, Paris, France.

 

Cleeremans, A., Bertels, J., Vandevelde, M., San Anton, A., & Destrebecqz, A. (July 2015). The Perruchet effect: Dissociating motor behaviour from conscious expectancy. Nineteenth annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness – ASSC14, Paris, France.

 

Franco, A., Bertels, J., & Kolinsky, R. (June 2015). The impact of literacy on statistical speech segmentation. Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning, San Sebastian, Spain.

 

San Anton, E., Destrebecqz, A., & Bertels, J. (June 2015). Visual statistical learning in 8-month-old infants: A variation of Kirkham et al. (2002). Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning, San Sebastian, Spain.

 

2014           Bertels, J., San Anton, E., Gebuis, T., & Destrebecqz, A. (July 2014). Contextual cuing in infancy: An experimental study of the orientation of visual attention during development. XIX Biennal International Conference on Infant Studies, Berlin, Germany.

 

San Anton, E., Bertels, J., Gebuis, T., & Destrebecqz, A. (Mai 2014). Does learning modulate visual attention in infancy? An experiment based on the head turn preference procedure. BAPS (Belgian Association for Psychological Science annual meeting), Leuven, Belgium.

 

Bertels, J., Deliens, G., Peigneux, P., & Destrebecqz, A. (May 2014). A New Tool for Inducing Moods in the Lab: The Brussels Mood Inductive Audio Stories (MIAS) Database. BAPS (Belgian Association for Psychological Science annual meeting), Leuven, Belgium.

 

Bertels, J., & Kolinsky, R. (May 2014). Fast and Slow Attentional Effects of Emotional Spoken Words in the Emotional Stroop Task. BAPS (Belgian Association for Psychological Science annual meeting), Leuven, Belgium.

 

2013           Destrebecqz, A., & Bertels, J. (August 2013). Does the Perruchet effect indicate a dissociation between learning and awareness? Eighteenth ESCoP (European Society for Cognitive Psychology) Conference, Budapest, Hungary.

 

Boursain, E., Bertels, J., Gaillard, V., & Destrebecqz, A. (August 2013). Is visual statistical learning exclusively implicit in children?  Eighteenth ESCoP (European Society for Cognitive Psychology) Conference, Budapest, Hungary.

 

Bertels, J., Boursain, E., Kolinsky, R., & Morais, J. (August 2013). Disentangling short and long-lasting attentional influences of negative and taboo spoken words in the emotional Stroop paradigm. Eighteenth ESCoP (European Society for Cognitive Psychology) Conference, Budapest, Hungary.

 

Boursain, E., Bertels, J., Gaillard, V., & Destrebecqz, A. (May 2013). Visual statistical learning in childhood: Exclusively implicit?  BAPS (Belgian Association for Psychological Science annual meeting), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

 

Bertels, J., Boursain, E., Kolinsky, R., & Morais, J. (May 2013). Fast and slow attentional effects of negative and taboo spoken words in the emotional Stroop task. BAPS (Belgian Association for Psychological Science annual meeting), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

 

2012           Bertels, J., Demoulin, C., Franco, A., & Destrebecqz, A. (September 2012). When getting the blues affects the way you learn: The case of visual statistical learning. Lifespan perspectives on implicit and explicit learning, Brussels, Belgium.

 

Bertels, J., Demoulin, C., Franco, A., & Destrebecqz, A. (July 2012). Side effects of being blue: Influence of sad mood on visual statistical learning. Sixteenth annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness – ASSC16, Brighton, United Kingdom.

 

Bertels, J., Demoulin, C., Franco, A., & Destrebecqz, A. (May 2012). When getting the blues affects the way you learn: The case of visual statistical learning. BAPS (Belgian Association for Psychological Science annual meeting) and SEPEX (Sociedad Española de Psicología Experimental) joint meeting, Liège, Belgium.

 

Bertels, J., Demoulin, C., Franco, A., & Destrebecqz, A. (May 2012). Impact of sad mood on cognitive processes: The case of statistical learning. Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE 2012), Canterbury, United Kingdom.

 

2011           Bertels, J., Demoulin, C., San Anton, M. E., Franco, A., & Destrebecqz, A. (September 2011). Influence of sad mood on visual statistical learning? Seventeenth ESCoP (European Society for Cognitive Psychology) Conference, San Sebastian, Spain.

 

Bertels, J., Franco, A., San Anton, M. E., & Destrebecqz, A. (May 2011). How implicit is visual statistical learning? BAPS (Belgian Association for Psychological Science annual meeting), Ghent, Belgium.

 

2010           Bertels, J., Franco, A., & Destrebecqz, A. (Mai 2010). Is statistical learning exclusively implicit? BAPS (Belgian Association for Psychological Science annual meeting), Brussels, Belgium.

 

2007           Bertels, J., Kolinsky, R., Bernaerts, A., & Morais, J. (June 2007). No attentional bias to emotional spoken words using the cuing paradigm. BAPS (Belgian Association for Psychological Science annual meeting), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

 

Bertels, J., Bernaerts, A., Kolinsky, R., & Morais J. (May 2007). Reduced IOR for emotionally negative words. Quatrième Journée des Doctorants en Sciences Cognitives, Brussels, Belgium.

 

2006           Bertels, J., Kolinsky, R., & Morais, J. (October 2006). Attentional bias linked to the emotional valence of orally presented verbal stimuli. Deuxième réunion des Sociétés européennes de neuropsychologie (EuroNpsy) sous l’égide de la Société de Neuropsychologie de Langue Française, Toulouse, France.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

2015 – 2016               Advanced workshops on methods of analyses (Prof. M. Edwards), Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

 

2010 – 2014               Teaching assistant for the Research Seminars in Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics (Prof. A. Content), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

 

2006 – 2007               Oral intervention within the course of Cognitive Neuropsychology (Prof. J. Morais), ULB

                                                  Topic: Attentional biases to the emotional content of spoken words

 

2005 – 2006               Teaching assistant for the practical tutorials associated to the course of Introduction to Psycholinguistics (Prof. J. Morais), ULB

                                                  Topic: Investigation of the influence of the emotional valence of spoken words on attention using the emotional cuing paradigm

 

2002 – 2005               Undergraduate teaching assistant in the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology (LAPSE, dir. A. Content) and the UNESCOG, ULB

                                                  Topic: Remedial tutorials

 

STUDENT SUPERVISION

 

M.A. projects: 14 since 2006

 

M.A. trainings: 11 since 2006

 

CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION

 

Sept. 2015                  Organization of a symposium on “Social and emotional information processing in the developing brain” at the Nineteenth ESCoP (European Society for Cognitive Psychology) Conference, Paphos, Cyprus

 

2011 – 2014               Organization of 15 conferences as an effective and founder member of the Association Belge de Psychologues Neuropsychologues (ABPN ASBL), Brussels, Belgium

 

Nov. 2010                    Third ‘Phd Day’ of the Faculty of Psychological and Educational Sciences of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

 

AD-HOC REVIEWER

 

Behaviour Research Methods, Brain and Cognition, Cognition, Cognition and Emotion, Consciousness and Cognition, Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Learning and Performance, Frontiers in Psychology, Laterality, Perception, PLoS One, Psychological Science, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

 

MEMBERSHIPS

 

ICIS (International Congress for Infant Studies)

BAPS (Belgian Association for Psychological Science)

ASSC (Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness)

ESCoP (European Society of Cognitive Psychology)