Alexandre Bran

Researcher / Trainer

I investigate the self-perceptions of PhD candidates and explore the impact of these perceptions on their experiences and motivation. My research is rooted in the fields of social psychology, examine stress, stereotypes and social identity, and professional aspirations.

2021 – present
Researcher in the Interdisciplinary PhD Laboratory, Adoc Talent Management. Two lines of research focusing (a) on the links between doctoral education and reactions to work demands and (b) on the stereotyping of PhD graduates and its consequences.

2021 -2020
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale : Contextes et Régulation (EA 4471), Université de Paris. Project title: Determining factors in protection motivation : applied studies to populations with high-risk exposure.

2020 – 2016
Doctoral researcher. Doctorate conducted in collaboration with Crédit Agricole Assurances – Pacifica and the Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale : Contextes et Régulation of Université de Paris. Title: Affective, physiological and motivational properties of exposition to inconsistencies.

Doctoral Training:
– Discover and access academic research in France
– Discover and access R&D in the private sector in France
– Manage your scientific project
– Manage your doctoral project
– Follow your skill development during your doctorate
– Prepare your thesis defense

1. Dorison, C., Lerner, J. S., Heller, B. H., Rothman, A., Kawachi, I. I., Wang, K.,  Bran, A., & Coles, N. A. (2022). In COVID-19 health messaging, loss framing increases anxiety with little-to-no concomitant benefits: Experimental evidence from 84 countries. Affective Science.

2. Bran, A., & Vaidis, D. C. (2022). Nouveaux Horizons sur la Dissonance CognitiveDéveloppements Récents, Modèles Intégratifs et Pistes de Recherche. L’Année psychologique, 1(122), 149-183.

3. Legate, N., Ngyuen, T. V., Weinstein, N., Moller, A., Legault, L., Vally, Z., … Bran, A., & Ogbonnaya, C. E. (2022). A global experiment on motivating social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(22).

4. Bran, A. (2021). Rédiger un Message de Prévention : Principes pour améliorer l’efficacité et réduire les effets contre-productifs. In-Mind FR, 1. Accessible à l’adresse :

5. Bran, A., & Vaidis, D. C. (2021). Does Minimal Inconsistency Evoke Negative Affect? Report From 3 Studies Using an Implicit Measure of Emotion. Psychological Studies, 66(4), 105-112.

6. Wang, K., Goldenberg, A., Dorison, C. A., Miller, J. K., Uusberg, A., Lerner, J. S., Bran, A., & Isager, P. M. (2021). A multi-country test of brief reappraisal interventions on emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nature Human Behaviour, 5(8), 1089-1110.

7. Bran, A., & Vaidis, D. C. (2020). Assessing risk-taking: What to measure and how to measure it. Journal of Risk Research, 23(4), 490-503.

8. Vaidis, D. C., & Bran, A. (2020). Cognitive Dissonance Theory (2 nd edition). Dans Dana S. Dunn (Dir.) Oxford Bibliographies in Psychology. Oxford University Press.

9. Bran, A., & Vaidis, D. C. (2020). On the Characteristics of the Cognitive Dissonance State: Exploration Within the Pleasure Arousal Dominance Model. Psychologica Belgica, 60(1),1–17.

10. Vaidis, D. C., & Bran, A. (2019). Respectable Challenges to a Respectable Theory: Cognitive Dissonance Theory Requires Conceptualization Clarification and Operational Tools. Frontiers in Psychology.

11. Vaidis, D. C., & Bran, A. (2018). Some prior considerations about dissonance to understand its reduction: Comment on McGrath (2017). Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 12(6).

– Project management (method, steps, tools)
– Motivation and Engagement: Identify factors of motivation and demotivation within a team; propose solutions to increase motivation and engagement.
– Stress Management: Identify stress factors within a team and explore potential solutions to manage them.

– ANR PhD-EXP Project with the Institute of Education Research (University of Bourgogne Franche Comté).
– CIFRE Partnership with the Parisian Laboratory of Social Psychology (University of Paris – Nanterre).

Reviewer for Frontiers in Psychology.
Reviewer for Informing Science Institute.
Member of the Council of Doctoral School 3CH (ED 261).