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Isabelle Tournier

Isabelle Tournier

Assistant chercheur

Faculté ou Centre Faculté des Lettres, des Sciences Humaines, des Arts et des Sciences de l'Education
Unité de recherche INSIDE
Adresse postale Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Bureau sur le campus MSH, E04 25-160
Téléphone (+352) 46 66 44 9298
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 39298

Isabelle Tournier works as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Gerontology and Psychology within the Research Unit INSIDE. Dr. Tournier received a doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Bordeaux (France). During her PhD, she completed a 10 month  internship  in  Dr. Louis Bherer’s laboratory  in the Centre de Recherche de l’Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (Canada).  Before  joining the University of Luxembourg, she worked in the Laboratoire de Psychologie de la Conduite within the Institut Français des Sciences et Technologies des Transports, de l’Aménagement et des Réseaux of Versailles (France) for the European project SAMERU.

The focus of her PhD was on the evolution of cognitive and behavioral adaptation during aging. More precisely, it analysed the impact of cognitive resources (processing speed, working memory, and vocabulary) and behavioral resources (routinization) on the evolution of executive functions with aging. For the European project SAMERU (Safer Mobility for Elderly Road Users), she examined all aspects of road safety facing elderly road users (i.e., car drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, bus users, etc.) and produced recommendations for prioritizing actions that could be taken by local authorities. For this, she investigated psychological, sociological, physical, and medical aspects influencing road safety during aging. The main research interests of Dr. Tournier are cognitive adaptation and self-regulations during aging.

Current research projects at the University of Luxembourg

National projects

  • She is principal investigator of the FEELSAFE project about how assistive technologies can participate to the maintenance of safety and feeling of safety in older adults living at home (Internal Research Projects grant, University of Luxembourg, 2016-2018)
  • She currently conducts the CONNECT project (funded by the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse, 2015-2018) that is supervised by Prof. Christine Schiltz since September 2017 and was previously supervised by Prof. Dr. Dieter Ferring. This project aims at the implementation of a web forum favouring the information and social support for people concerned by Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia in Luxembourg.

European projects

  • She is UL leader for the European MinD project (Horizon 2020-MSCA-RISE, No 691001, 2016-2020) entitled “Designing for people with dementia : Mindful self-empowerment and social engagement” and supervised by Dr. Kristina Niedderer (University of Wolverhampton, UK).
  • She is UL leader for the European ARPA  project (Erasmus + Strategic Partnership, 2017-2019) about improving mental health networks for older adults in Europe with the creation of an Internet platform of communication and exchange. This project is supervised by Dr. Laurence Fond-Harmant (LIH, Lux).

European research networks

  • She is involved in the COST Action CA15122: Reducing old-age social exclusion: collaborations in research and policy (ROSEnet) as co-leader of the working group Community and spatial exclusion (Chair of the Action: Dr. Kieran Walsh, Vice Chair of the Action: Prof. Thomas Scharf).
  • She is also part for the UL of the ECIR group headed by Prof. Michèle Grossen, “Ages for learning and growth: Sociocultural perspectives”, AGILE (2015-2018).


In 2013-2015, she has been involved in the Senior + project conducted in collaboration with the city of Differdange (supervised by Prof. Dr. Dieter Ferring). Isabelle Isabelle Tournier is also teaching in the Bachelor of Psychology and the Master of Gerontology of the University of Luxembourg.

Last updated on: vendredi 01 décembre 2017

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See detailAutobiographical Memory, Self-regulation and Well-Being
Ferring, Dieter; Tournier, Isabelle

in Robinson, Michael; Eid, Michael (Eds.) The Happy Mind: Cognitive Contributions to Well-Being (2017)

See detailRisk, safety and assistive technology in the context of ageing-in-place
Lamotte, Mathilde; Ferring, Dieter; Tournier, Isabelle

Scientific Conference (2017, July 06)

See detailAge-Related Mobility Issues and Social Exclusion of Older Adults: Objective and Subjective Criteria
Tournier, Isabelle; Ferring, Dieter

Scientific Conference (2017, July 27)

See detailHow the Mindfulness Concept Could Benefit the Caregiving of Older Adults
Tournier, Isabelle; Ferring, Dieter

Poster (2017, July 23)

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See detailAnimal-assisted intervention in dementia: Effects on neuropsychiatric symptoms and on caregivers' distress perceptions
Tournier, Isabelle; Vives, Marie-Frédérique; Postal, Virginie

in Swiss Journal of Psychology = Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Psychologie = Revue suisse de psychologie (2017), 76(2), 51-58

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See detailClinical features of dementia and holistic care
Ferring, Dieter; Tournier, Isabelle

Presentation (2016, May 04)

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See detailSuccessful Ageing and Multidimensional Poverty: The case of Peru
Olivera Angulo, Javier; Tournier, Isabelle

in Ageing & Society (2016), 38(8), 1690-1714

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See detailUsing mindfulness to support people with dementia and their carers
Tournier, Isabelle

Scientific Conference (2016)

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See detailReview of safety and mobility issues among older pedestrians
Tournier, Isabelle; Dommes, Aurélie; Cavallo, Viola

in Accident Analysis & Prevention (2016), 91

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See detailMindfulness and attention during aging
Tournier, Isabelle; Ferring, Dieter

Presentation (2016, June 22)

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See detailMindfulness and older adults (with dementia)
Tournier, Isabelle; Ferring, Dieter

Presentation (2016, May 03)

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See detailMotivation and memory: Impact of emotional content and age relevance on recall
Tournier, Isabelle; Jordan, Oliver; Ferring, Dieter

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2016), 29(3), 147-154

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See detail"The closer you get …" Age, attitudes and self-serving evaluations about older drivers
Ferring, Dieter; Tournier, Isabelle; Mancini, Denis Arduino

in European Journal of Ageing (2015), 12(3), 229-238

See detailVariables associated to aging well in poor Peruvian older adults
Tournier, Isabelle; Olivera, Javier

Poster (2015)

See detailAnimal-Assisted Intervention for Demented Older Adults Suffering from Severe Neuropsychiatric Symptoms – a Pilot Study
Tournier, Isabelle; Vives, Marie-Frédérique; Postal, Virginie

Scientific Conference (2015)

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See detailArrival-time judgments on multi-lane streets: the failure to ignore irrelevant traffic
Baurès, Robin; Oberfeld, Daniel; Tournier, Isabelle; Hecht, Heiko; Cavallo, Viola

in Accident Analysis & Prevention (2014), 65

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See detailCrossing a two-way street: comparison of young and old pedestrians
Dommes, Aurélie; Cavallo, Viola; Dubuisson, Jean-Baptiste; Tournier, Isabelle; Vienne, Fabrice

in Journal of Safety Research (2014), 50

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See detailSuccessful Ageing and Poverty: The case of Peru
Olivera Angulo, Javier; Tournier, Isabelle

E-print/Working paper (2014)

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See detailProposition d’un modèle intégratif concernant les bénéfices psychologiques du jardinage chez les personnes âgées
Tournier, Isabelle; Postal, Virginie

in Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement (2014), 12(4), 424-431

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See detailInvestigation of age-related differences in an adapted Hayling task
Tournier, Isabelle; Postal, Virginie; Mathey, Stéphanie

in Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics (2014), 59

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See detailSafer Mobility for Elderly Road Users
Mathieson, Paul; Dean, Adrian; Goss, Sue; Farthing, Davinia; Hood, Julie; Diez, José Maria; Dommes, Aurélie; Tournier, Isabelle; Cavallo, Viola; Brindle, Jackie; Cooper, Gareth; Rondinone, Giovanna; De Luca, Antonietta; Mussini, Maria Gina; Bechtold, Petra; Schlag, Bernhard; Weller, Gert; Strauzenberg, Nora

Report (2013)

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See detailNear-Infrared Imaging of the Effects of Glucose Ingestion and Regulation on Prefrontal Activation during Dual-Task Execution in Healthy Fasting Older Adults
Gagnon, Christine; Desjardins-Crépeau, Laurence; Tournier, Isabelle; Desjardins, Michèle; Lesage, Frédérique; Greenwood, Carol; Bherer, Louis

in Behavioural Brain Research (2012), 232(1), 137-147

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See detailThe association between routinization and cognitive resources in later life
Tournier, Isabelle; Mathey, Stéphanie; Postal, Virginie

in International Journal of Aging & Human Development (2012), 74

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See detailVieillesse et Vieillissement, Vulnérabilité et Ressources : Regards Croisés.
Bouisson, Jean; Brisset, Camille; Tournier, Isabelle; Vion, Camille

Book published by Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine (2011)

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See detailStrategy selection and aging: Impact of task characteristics
Tournier, Isabelle; Postal, Virginie

in Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition (2011), 18

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See detailEffects of depressive symptoms and routinization on metamemory during adulthood
Tournier, Isabelle; Postal, Virginie

in Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics (2011), 52

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See detailNear-Infrared imaging of the Effects of Glucose Ingestion on Prefrontal Activation during Dual-Task in Older Adults
Gagnon, Christine; Tournier, Isabelle; Desjardins-Crépeau, Laurence; Desjardins, Michèle; Lesage, Frédéric; Greenwood, Carol; Bherer, Louis

Scientific Conference (2010)

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