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Benoit Dompnier

I have research interests in the following three areas:

The social value of causal explanations:
This area of research aims at studying the social value of causal explanations in the explanation of scholastic events and judgments (Pansu, Dubois, & Dompnier, 2008). More specifically, this research program, which is based on the internality-norm theory (Beauvois & Dubois, 1988), is conducted to extend the question of the social value of causal explanations beyond the internal/external criterion (Dompnier & Pansu, 2007, 2010).

The elaboration of scholastic judgments:
This area of research joins works conducted on the elaboration of scholastic judgment (cf. Bressoux & Pansu, 2003). On the one hand, this research program aims at identifying the main determinants of scholastic judgments (Dompnier, Pansu, & Bressoux, 2006). On the other hand, it is conducted to lead to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that underlie these effects by taking into account teachers’ personological inferences on their pupils (Dompnier, Pansu, & Bressoux, 2007; Pansu & Dompnier, 2011).

Achievement goal promotion at university:
This area of research concerns the study of the social desirability and social utility of achievement goals at the university. Research in progress has already shown that this social value varies according to the type of goals (Darnon, Dompnier, Delmas, Pulfrey, & Butera, 2009) and according to the hierarchical position adopted by the judges in the university system (Dompnier, Darnon, Delmas, & Butera, 2008). Finally, taking into account the social value of achievement goals allows the understanding of some inconsistent results in the literature, such as the inconsistent relationship between the endorsement of mastery goals and academic success (Dompnier, Darnon, & Butera, 2009).

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Causal Attribution
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Person Perception
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Social Cognition

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Benoit Dompnier
Department of Social Psychology
University of Lausanne
Batiment Geopolis
CH-1015 Lausanne

  • Phone: +41 21 692 32 47

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