Comment notre cohérence subjective se construit-elle? Le modèle de la dissonance cognitive

Translated title of the contribution: How our subjective coherence is built? The model of cognitive dissonance

Lionel Naccache, Imen El Karoui, Moti Salti, Mariam Chammat, Mathurin Maillet, Sébastien Allali

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Our conscious, subjective discourse, demonstrates a temporal coherence that distinguishes it from the many unconscious cognitive representations explored by cognitive neuroscience. This subjective coherence, - particularly its dynamics - can be modified in certain psychiatric syndromes including a " dissociative state " (e.g. schizophrenia), or in several neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g. frontal lobe syndrome). The medical and environmental consequences of these changes are significant. However, the psychological and neural mechanisms of this fundamental property remain largely unknown. We explored the dynamics of subjective coherence in an experimental paradigm (the "free choice "paradigm) originating for the field of cognitive dissonance. Using a series of behavioral experiments, conducted in healthy volunteers, we have discovered a key role for the episodic memory in the preference change process when simply making a choice. These results highlight the importance of conscious memory in the construction of subjective consistency, of which the subjects do not yet seem to be the conscious agents.

Translated title of the contributionHow our subjective coherence is built? The model of cognitive dissonance
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)253-259
Number of pages7
JournalBulletin de l'Academie Nationale de Medecine
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive Dissonance
  • Episodic
  • Memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)


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