Laboratory for the Psychology

of Child Development

and Education


Anaëlle Camarda

After obtaining a master's degree in psychology (neuropsychology specialty) at Paris Descartes University in 2014, Anaëlle joined the LaPsyDÉ to start a thesis under the direction of Mathieu Cassotti and Nicolas Poirel. Thanks to the project ANR IDéfixE (inhibition, defixation, exploration: study of neurocognitive blockages in creativity and innovation) her objective was to clarify the role of executive functions, and more particularly inhibitory control, in the generation of creative ideas. Today, following these researches, she examines the different cognitive and social processes involved in creativity by conducting studies not only in experimental psychology of development but also in cognitive neuroscience (MRI and EEG) in children, adolescents and adults. Her work is done in collaboration with the Chair of "Theory and Methods of Innovative Design" of the Ecole des Mines de Paris and the neuroimaging platform of Saint Anne.




In press

Camarda, A., Borst, B., Agogué, M., Habib, M., Weil, B., Houdé, O., & Cassotti, M. (2017) Do we need inhibitory control to be creative? Evidence from a dual-task paradigm. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts. (in press)

Camarda, A., Salvia, E., Vidal, J., Poirel, N., Weil, B., Houdé, O., Borst, G., & Cassotti, M. (2018). Neural basis of functional fixedness during creative idea generation: an EEG study. Neuropsychologia (in press).


Ezzat, H., Camarda, A., Cassotti, M., Agogué, M., Houdé, O., Weil, B., & Le Masson, P. (2017). How minimal executive feedback influences creative idea generation. Plos One, 12(6):e0180458. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180458.


Cassotti, M., Agogué, M., Camarda, A., Houdé, O., & Borst, G. (2016). Inhibitory control as a core process of creative problem solving and ideas generation from childhood to adulthood. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 151, 61-72.


Cassotti, M., Camarda, A., Poirel, N., Houdé, O., & Agogué, M. (2016). Fixation effect in creative ideas generation: Opposite impacts of example in children and adults. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 19, 146-152.