Eric Hennekein

I started this year a PhD thesis at the EPHE (Paris), whose subject is the “Studies of reasoning and decision making in patients with Burnout syndrome.”

This cognitive psychology doctoral thesis takes place in a context of “cognition, language and interaction.”

I have a double competence in clinical psychology and psychology of cognition.

I am an engineer, clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and I exercise for over than 25 years. I worked 12 years abroad (USA and Israel) and now living in Paris for over 10 years. This long experience gives me a great clinical expertise in assessment and management of subjects, both in terms of their professional and personal path, which justifies my approach.

Throughout my academic psychology course, I got the highest marks in cognitive psychology (16/20). My research (M1 and M2) and my internships in hospitals and psychiatric circles have concerned the evaluation of mood disorders and their behavioral consequences. I graduated top in my class in the Master 2 Research (honors).

The subject of my thesis is clearly:

* a major concern in our society, especially after the wave of suicides in French companies

* in the cognitive assessment, as part of the new Bayesian paradigm of reasoning and the specific consideration of the impact of moods.

* multidimensional expertise in the subject and the inclusion of the “responsibility” of the subject in the construction of its own identity continuity.

This research focuses on:

Basic research. For these subjects Burnout syndrome, there are so far very few studies on the cognitive aspects (in the sense of process) and the main objective of this thesis is to update the particulars inferences, subjects’ beliefs suffering from this syndrome and propose essentially ask two areas:

    • A review of the literature on basic research in cognitive psychology that addresses the different theoretical approaches and make a critical analysis of Burnout syndrome of analysis methods. In particular, out of the traditional model of deductive reasoning, we will place our methodological framework from the perspective of the “new Bayesian paradigm of reasoning” model of rationality which meets the criteria of the Bayesian theory (Baratgin & Politzer, 2015). This will be especially understanding how salient features such as effects of mental states and cognitive petrification – decrease in cognitive efficiency, poor concentration, reduced ability to complex tasks and decision-making, etc.
    • Usually found in patients with Burnout syndrome (Blanchette, 2011 and 2013, Oaksford, 1996) affect their Bayesian coherence
    • The uncertainty in reasoning (Politzer & Baratgin, in press), judgment and review of degrees of belief (Baratgin & Politzer, 2010), the immediate choice (Baratgin & Jamet, 2015) will be studied through several experimental paradigms by taking subjects suffering (or not) Burnout syndrome, but also with subjects whose mood has changed (we use methodology used by Kuzinas, Noiret, Bianchi & Lawrence, in press). The objective will be to define the characteristics in terms of Bayesian consistency subjects suffering from Burnout syndrome, or have “moods” predefined methodologically.
    • Secondly, the objective is to highlight the cognitive elements that underlie particular inferences subjects affected by Burnout syndrome. This will model the authenticity of the Burnout syndrome with the aim of preventing it. In particular, it will update the new Burnout syndrome detection criteria through the protocols and basic reasoning tasks.

Applied research of our scientists will work, firstly, pragmatic development project – study and evaluation of Burnout syndrome in subjects / employees working in companies and on the other, a reflection on the management syndrome. We will question the inclusion of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in human activity – particularly remote maintenance possibility using specific digital interfaces – and we will pay reflection on the nudges application possibility (Thaler & Sunstein, 2008) to alert of the first signs of Burnout syndrome. We bear an ethical and critical reflection on the current theoretical issues in cognitive and social psychology, on social issues this syndrome; such applications in human resource (HR) management can be considered.