Lecturer in psychology

Contact details

Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, UMR 5263 CLLE, Maison de la recherche, 5 allées Antonio Machado 31058 TOULOUSE Cedex 9
C-616 (Maison de la recherche)
+ 00 33 5 61 50 35 41
Office 2
M-164 (UFR de Psychologie)
Personal Website

Taught academic discipline(s)

I teach on the undergraduate degree programs for BSc Psychology. I contribute to different units including developmental psychology, comparative psychology, epistemology and behavior sampling techniques. I supervise undergraduate dissertations on comparative and developmental psychology. I also teach animal behavior on different programs for professionals working with dogs and horses.

Research topics

I have broad interests in psychology, animal and human behavior and cognition. My research focuses on the evolution of intentional multimodal communication, social attention and coordination in primates with the aim to further document the evolution of human language. I study multimodal signaling in diverse social contexts like dyadic and triadic social interactions, face-to-face communication and cooperative situations.


In human children:

Attention and multimodal communication within mother-infant dyads

Cooperation and communication in preschool children


In non-human primates:

Attention and intentional multimodal communication

Laterality of gestural communication and facial expressions

Temporal dimension of cooperative interactions


In horses:

Adults' scaffolding role in socio-affective development

Leadership and collective decision-making process

Activities / Resume

Since 2014 : Lecturer in psychology - Department of developmental psychology - Laboratoire Cognition, Langues, Langage, Ergonomie (CLLE), Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès

2013-2014 : Postdoctoral Fellow - Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive (LPC), Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille.

2011-2012 : Postdoctoral Fellow - Centre de Recherche en Psychologie de la Connaissance, du Langage et de l’Emotion (PsyCLE), Aix-Marseille Université, Aix-en-Provence.

2010-2011 : Postdoctoral Fellow - Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany) & Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, Strasbourg.

2009-2010 : Postdoctoral Fellow - Département d’Ecologie, Physiologie et Ethologie, Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, Strasbourg.

2006-2007 : Teaching and research assistant - Laboratoire d’Ethologie Animale et Humaine, Université de Rennes 1.

2007 : Ph.D., Biology of behavior, University of Strasbourg, France.

Publications extraites de HAL affiliées à Cognition, Langues, Langage, Ergonomie

Additional informations


Thesis Dissertation:
Bourjade, M. (2007). Social ontogeny and manifestation of individual and collective behavior in horses. Thesis dissertation, University of Strasbourg, France.


Laboratoire CLLE, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès: Multimodality in the acquisition and origins of language. With: Fabio Montermini, Michèle Guidetti, Hélène Cochet.

Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST), Toulouse School of Economics: Coordination in cooperative contexts: developmental and evolutionary perspectives. With: Astrid Hopfensitz, Gladys Barragan-Jason.

University of Tilburg, Departement of cognitive sciences and artificial intelligence: Cross-cultural study of joint attention and language acquisition. With: Paul Vogt.

Station de Primatologie, UPR 846 CNRS, Rousset : Multidisciplinary perspectives on primate research. With: Romain Lacoste, Adrien Meguerditchian, Gilles Bérillon.

University of Westminter, Department of psychology, London : MAPMED network and the use of  "Multidimensional Action Patterns : Markers of Evolution and Development" in comparative psychology. With: Gillian Forrester.

PsyCLÉ research center,  Aix-en-Provence : Attention and mother-infant interactions in the first year. With: Marianne Jover and Céline Scola.