Brice Beffara Bret

Brice Beffara Bret

Lecturer-researcher in psychology and methods

Nantes Université

I work in social psychophysiology within a behavioural biology perspective. I seek to understand the link between behavioural/physiological flexibility, pro(social) interactions, and stress (and more generally psychophysiological activation). I want to try to clarify under what conditions stress promotes or hinders prosocial behaviours, and conversely, under what conditions prosocial behaviours increase or decrease stress. One of the mechanisms I want to explore relies on the following associations:

  • stress ↔ behavioural/physiological flexibility
  • behavioural/physiological flexibility ↔ prosocial behaviours

The underlying idea is that behavioural/physiological flexibility is necessary for prosocial behaviour, but that stress reduces this flexibility. In this context, I want to try to find out what mechanisms are common or distinct between different species.

I also have projects dealing with methodology, epistemology, and data analysis. I try to adopt an open, slow and sustainable scientific approach and to gradually improve my research work in this perspective.

Download my resumé.

  • (Pro)social behaviours
  • Behavioural flexibility
  • Social psychophysiology
  • Biological psychology
  • Psychology of organisms
  • Methods
  • PhD in Cognitive Science, Psychology and Neurocognition, 2016

    Univ. Grenoble Alpes

  • PhD in Psychological Science, 2016


  • MSc in Cognitive Science, 2013

    Grenoble Institute of Technology

  • BSc in Psychology, 2011

    Univ. Blaise Pascal - Clermont-Ferrand