My research activities in psychology of olfaction are generally related to social olfaction, developmental aspects of odor perception, and interindividual differences due to gender, culture and environment. Since January 2009, I have been working on a large cross-cultural comparison of the semantic space used to describe odor-elicited emotions. Moreover, I am currently mainly involved in a project on human attractiveness, involving developmental and multimodal approaches (body odor, face, and voice perception).
I started working in psychology of olfaction in 2001 with a project on a cross-cultural project (Centre Européen des Sciences du Goût, University of Burgundy, Dijon, FR), before doing a PhD on children's odor perception, involving developmental and differential psychology, in the same laboratory. After I graduated in 2007, I had my first postdoctoral experience at the University of Liverpool, UK, in evolutionary psychology, on body odour perception in mate choice and family contexts. My second postdoctoral experience (2009-2010) at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, Geneva, CH, consisted in investigating cross-cultural differences in odor-related affective feelings. While pursuing this research, my main research activity is focused on developmental and multimodal aspects of human attractiveness.