Aurora Paillard

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Course Leader of the BSc Psychology of Fashion, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

London College of Fashion

Biography

After two BSc degrees in Sport Sciences and Psychology, I undertook a Masters in Cognitive Psychology. After obtaining my Masters degree, I started a PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Grenoble, France), funded by the French Army). After I completed my PhD in January 2010, I was awarded a Swiss postdoctoral fellowship for my first postdoctoral position at the Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland).

In parallel with this postdoctoral position, I obtained a teaching fellowship at the University of Besançon (France). Following these two positions, I had the opportunity to delve further into my research with a second postdoctoral position at the University of Manchester, in collaboration with the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. Then, I had the opportunity to find a position of Course Leader and Lecturer in Psychology at Open University - Newham University Centre. Since September 2016, I have been a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the BSc (Hons) Psychology of Fashion. I am also a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society and a HEA Senior Fellow. 

Research interests

Body image, vestibular physiology, multisensory perception, motion sickness.

Research statement

My main research interests involve psychological and psychophysiological features related to body image, sensory integration and illusions, and motion sickness:

  • Body image: my research attempts to better understand the multi-faced concept of body image. My work aims to understand the factors which influence body image particularly in a health context; to assess and improve body image in disabled people; to evaluate the relationship between body image and behavioral variables such as physical activity.
  • Vestibular physiology: my research attempts to better understand the vestibular system and its physiology. My work aims to develop the Vestibular-Evoked potentials technique (VsEPs) and to highlight the vestibular cortex location. 
  • Multisensory perception: my research attempts to better understand the multisensory perception. My work aims to study multimodal sensory integration, sensory cross-modality, and sensory illusions. 
  • Motion sickness: my research attempts to better understand the psychological and psychophysiological features which influence motion sickness. My work aims to find non-medical countermeasures to cope with motion sickness.

Selected research outputs