Koviljka Barisnikov

Koviljka Barisnikov
University of Geneva | UNIGE · School of Psychology

PhD

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September 2002 - present
University of Geneva
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This study assessed two components of face emotion processing: emotion recognition and sensitivity to intensity of emotion expressions and their relation in children age 4 to 12 (N = 216). Results indicated a slower development in the accurate decoding of low intensity expressions compared to high intensity. Between age 4 and 12, children discrimin...
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Humor is a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon composed of a variety of cognitive, social, and emotional processes. This paper will discuss humor appreciation in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and individuals with Williams syndrome (WS), a rare genetic disorder mainly characterized by intellectual disabilities, high social approac...
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1. Introduction Les observations cliniques mettent en évidence la présence d’un grand nombre de difficultés au niveau des compétences visuospatiales chez les enfants. Ces difficultés peuvent se manifester au travers d’une grande variété d’activités, telles que la manipulation d’objet, le dessin, la construction de puzzle, l’écriture, l’organisatio...
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This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a short mindfulness intervention on anxiety, stress and depression symptoms, as well as on inhibition of dominant responses and academic performance among university students. Fifty volunteers (M(age) = 23.8; SD = 5.3) with high levels of depression, anxiety or stress were randomly allocated to a mi...
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1. Introduction Des troubles visuo-perceptifs et visuo-spatiaux chez l’enfant peuvent se manifester dans de nombreuses activités, telles que la reconnaissance d’images, la construction de puzzles, le dessin, l’écriture, l’orientation dans l’environnement quotidien. Cependant, l’interprétation de ces difficultés est complexe pour plusieurs raisons....
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This research aimed to assess two components of emotion knowledge (EK): receptive EK with face emotion identification and matching tasks, and emotion situation knowledge with the emotion attribution task (EAT). Study 1 assessed the development of EK in 265 neurotypical (NT) children (4–11 years), divided into four age groups. Overall, results showe...
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It has been shown that a mindfulness construct involving five component skills (observing, describing, acting with awareness, nonjudging of inner experience, and nonreactivity to inner experience) is related to well-being and lessens depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms. This study investigates the relationship between mindfulness, academic per...
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Background: Recently, a study using the subjective straight-ahead task showed that individuals with Williams syndrome (WS) present a bias in the representation of body perception. The aim of the present study is to examine the horizontal midline body representation in WS participants using the bisection line task, which is an important benchmark f...
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Background: Adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) commonly live in specialised residential settings. Data collected from these adults are often nested. The aim of this study is to examine the impact of this data structure. Method: Referent caregivers completed the Reiss Screen for Maladaptive Behaviour for each of the 571 adults with ID who pa...
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Des particularités perceptives sont observées chez les personnes avec syndrome de Williams. Elles seraient caractérisées par une hyperacousie, une préférence pour traiter visuellement des visages comparés aux objets ainsi qu’une hypersensibilité tactile. Toutes ces particularités perceptives peuvent traduire des troubles de la modulation sensoriell...
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Dès leur plus jeune âge les personnes avec syndrome de Williams se montrent hypersociales, amicales, empathiques, mais paradoxalement elles présentent de nombreuses difficultés interpersonnelles et sociales. Ces difficultés pourraient être liées aux déficits de la cognition sociale et/ou à la présence de troubles socio-émotionnels marqués par un ha...
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The present study aimed to assess the psychometric proprieties of a new social adaptive skills questionnaire and examine the impact of maladaptive behaviour on social functioning in adults with ID of non-specific aetiology and those with Down syndrome. The results of an exploratory factor analysisled to the exclusion of 20 items out of 48 and yiel...
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The main purposes of this research were to examine the relation between the processing of face identity and emotion expressions and then discern the significance of emotional expressions using Bruce et al. tasks. Two studies were conducted. Study 1 examined 225 typically developing (TD) children age 4 to 12. Results suggested that early recognition...
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Aim This study compared whether preterm infants showed better tactile abilities during silence or when they heard a pre‐recorded female voice at different intensities. Methods We studied 74 preterm infants of 28‐35 weeks post‐conceptional age who were admitted to a French neonatal intensive care unit from 2014‐2017. They were presented with wooden...
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Social knowledge refers to the ability to analyze and reason about social situations in relation to social rules which are essential to the development of social skills and social behavior. The present research aimed to assess these abilities with the “Social resolution task” in a neurotypical population of 351 children (4 to 12 years) and 39 young...
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Background: The first aim of this study was to develop a new tool to measure social behaviour skills among adults with intellectual disability (ID) and second was to examine the possible mediation effect of psychopathology between Down syndrome (DS) etiology and social behaviour skills. Method: Five hundred eighty adults with ID participated in th...
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Abstract Culture shapes social cognition in many ways. Yet cultural impact on face tuning remains largely unclear. Here typically developing females and males from the French-speaking part of Switzerland were presented with a set of Arcimboldo-like Face-n-Food images composed of food ingredients and in different degree resembling a face. The outco...
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Culture shapes social cognition in many ways. Yet cultural impact on face tuning remains largely unclear. Here typically developing females and males from the French-speaking part of Switzerland were presented with a set of Arcimboldo-like Face-n-Food images composed of food ingredients and in different degree resembling a face. The outcome had bee...
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Background: Numerous studies have established that newborns can memorize tactile information about the specific features of an object with their hands and detect differences with another object. However, the robustness of haptic memory abilities has already been examined in preterm newborns and in full-term infants, but not yet in full-term newborn...
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Immature cognition is susceptible to interference from competing information, and particularly in affectively charged situations. Several studies have reported activation in the anterior cingulate cortex, prefrontal cortex and amygdala associated with emotional conflict processing in adults but literature is lacking regarding children. Moreover, st...
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The present study aims to assess how the processing of basic visual perceptual (VP) components (length, surface, orientation, and position) develops in typically developing (TD) children (n = 215, 4–14 years old) and adults (n = 20, 20–25 years old), and in children with cerebral palsy (CP) (n = 86, 5–14 years old) using the first four subtests of...
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Preterm children are at higher risk to present executive function difficulties and particularly inhibition abilities. In parallel, preterm behavioral phenotype is characterized by demonstration of inattention/hyper-activity, social and emotional difficulties. Given the emphasized need of the relation between cognitive and emotional processes in dev...
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Background: Verbal short-term memory (STM) capacity has been considered to support vocabulary learning in typical children and adults, but evidence for this link is inconsistent for studies in individuals with Down syndrome (DS). The aim of this study was explore the role of processing demands on the association between verbal STM and vocabulary m...
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Introduction Internal representation of the body's sagittal plane is an important benchmark for an egocentric frame of reference, but little is known about its developmental trajectory. The aim of the present study was to assess this internal body representation with the subjective straight ahead task. Material and methods A total of 131 school-ag...
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Objective: This study examined the spontaneous use of allocentric and egocentric frames of reference and their flexible use as a function of instructions. Method: The computerized spatial reference task created by Heiz and Barisnikov (2015) was used. Participants had to choose a frame of reference according to three types of instructions: spontaneo...
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This study aims to examine the different levels of visual perceptual object recognition (early, intermediate, and late) defined in Humphreys and Riddoch’s model as well as basic visual spatial processing in children using a new test battery (BEVPS). It focuses on the age sensitivity, internal coherence, theoretical validity, and convergent validity...
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Among executive functions (EFs), research has highlighted specific inhibition difficulties in preterm children. The present paper reviews and classifies the studies that assessed response inhibition and interference control abilities in preterm children and adolescents aged 3 to 16 years. Most behavioral studies agree on a developmental delay at ea...
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Background: Individuals with Williams Syndrome (WS) are known to have particular difficulties when performing visuo-spatial tasks, which could be related to their difficulties in using a specific reference system to determine spatial relations. The aim of the present study was to assess the internal representation of the body's sagittal plane, whi...
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Background: Literature has evidenced behavioral and socio-emotional problems in preterm children, as well as long-term difficulties to establish and maintain social relationships in preterm population. Several studies have shown relations between behavior and social reasoning abilities in typically developing children and adults. Aim: The presen...
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Introduction Les personnes atteintes du syndrome de Williams (WS) sont connues pour avoir des difficultés dans les tâches visuo-spatiales qui exigent l’utilisation des cadres de référence égocentré et/ou allocentré. Le droit devant subjectif (DDS) permet de mesurer la référence de trame égocentrique, en fonction du lobe pariétal. L’objectif de cett...
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Many neurological, neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric, and psychosomatic disorders are characterized by impairments in visual social cognition, body language reading, and facial assessment of a social counterpart. Yet a wealth of research indicates that individuals with Williams syndrome exhibit remarkable concern for social stimuli and face fasc...
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Background: Williams syndrome (WS) is characterised by severe deficits in visual-spatial abilities in contrast to relatively well-developed language abilities. There is very limited knowledge about visual-motor integration (VMI) in people with WS. Method: Twenty-six participants with WS aged 6 to 41 years were assessed with all three tests of th...
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The results of validation of Russian version of questionnaire “Scale of perceived stress–10” are pre- sented. This version of questionnaire has high results of reliability and satisfactory results of validity. An exploratory factor analysis revealed good correspondence of forthcoming factorial structure of the questionnaire. The Scale of perceived...
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Context: Prematurely born children have a high risk of developmental and behavioral disabilities. Cerebral abnormalities at term age have been clearly linked with later behavior alterations, but existing studies did not focus on the amygdala. Moreover, studies of early amygdala development after premature birth in humans are scarce. Objective: To c...
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Premature birth is a sudden change of the sensory environment of a newborn, while their senses are still in development, especially in the stressful and noisy environment of the NICU. The study aimed to evaluate the effect of noise on the early tactile manual abilities of preterm infants (between 29 and 35 weeks PCA). Infants were randomly assigned...
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Within preterm-born children, being born male and at a lower gestational age (GA) have both been associated with a heightened risk for developmental difficulties. However, in this population little is known about the combined effect and the influence of these risk factors on cortical structures and executive control. In the present study, 58 preter...
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The ability to correctly process spatial information largely depends on the capacity to either use a viewpoint according to a visual scene or a Frame Of Reference (FOR) and to flexibly shift between them. Literature indicates 2 types of FOR mainly used to represent the location of an object. The egocentric FOR uses the location of an object relativ...
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These results demonstrate how abnormal space perception might distort space representation and in turn affect reading and learning processes.
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The literature reports behavioral and socio-emotional problems in children born preterm that persist throughout adolescence and early adulthood. However, no study has simultaneously investigated emotion, attention, and effortful control. In the present study, we compared these abilities between children born very preterm (<29 weeks of gestation) an...
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Previous studies with children have demonstrated inhibition difficulties associated with prematurity, but the question of potentially catching up with a delay in inhibition processes before adolescence still remains. Moreover, preterm adolescents are more at risk than their term-born peers for presenting behavioral problems such as emotional diffic...
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Introduction A significant proportion of prematurely born children encounter behavioral difficulties, such as attention deficit or hyperactivity, which could be due to executive function disorders. Aims To examine whether the standard neurodevelopmental assessment offered to premature children in Switzerland recognizes executive function disorders...
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ABSTRACT: Introduction A significant proportion of prematurely born children encounter behavioral difficulties, such as attention deficit or hyperactivity, which could be due to executive function disorders. Aims To examine whether the standard neurodevelopmental assessment offered to premature children in Switzerland recognizes executive function...
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The rate of children born prematurely has increased considerably in the last few decades, and their developmental outcome remains of great concern. The literature on the impact of prematurity has reported a wide range of cognitive and behavioral problems that may be related to deficits in executive function (EF) skills. EF refers to a series of hig...
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Extreme prematurity and pregnancy conditions leading to intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) affect thousands of newborns every year and increase their risk for poor higher order cognitive and social skills at school age. However, little is known about the brain structural basis of these disabilities. To compare the structural integrity of neural...
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Extreme prematurity and pregnancy conditions leading to intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) affect thousands of newborns every year and increase their risk for poor higher order cognitive and social skills at school age. However, little is known about the brain structural basis of these disabilities. To compare the structural integrity of neural...
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The main aim of this study was to generate psychometric data for the French translation of the Developmental Behavior Checklist – Adult version (DBC-A). In addition, the score distributions were examined by using components of mean-based scores. The DBC-A was administered to 580 adults with intellectual disability recruited in the French-speaking r...
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Abstract The inhibition of a prepotent response represents a hallmark of executive (or cognitive) control, allowing individuals to adapt to the ever-changing environment. This ability can be studied with the stop-signal paradigm, in which “go” processes (execution of the response) and “stop” processes (inhibition of the response) compete against ea...
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Pour s’orienter dans l'espace, il est nécessaire de se créer des repères ou références spatiales. Un grand nombre d’auteurs citent 2 types de cadre de référence spatial habituellement utilisés: égocentré (par rapport à soi) et allocentré (par rapport à l’extérieur) qui semble se développer plus tardivement. Notre habilité à passer d'un cadre à l'au...
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Le syndrome de Williams (SW) est un trouble neurodéveloppemental marqué par une dissociation entre de bonnes compétences langagières générales et d’importants déficits visuo-spatiaux. De bonnes capacités visuo-perceptives dans les tâches de reconnaissance de visages et d’objets mais des déficits sévères aux tâches des copies de figures géométriques...
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Abstract Little is known about the behavioral characteristics of adults with Down syndrome (DS) without dementia. The main purpose of this study was to investigate the psychopathology and social behavior among adults with DS compared to adults with nonspecific intellectual disability (NSID). Thirty-four adults with DS were individually matched with...
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The rate of children born prematurely has increased considerably in the last few decades, and their developmental outcome remains of great concern. The literature on the impact of prematurity has reported a wide range of cognitive and behavioral problems that may be related to deficits in executive function (EF) skills. EF refers to a series of hig...
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Introduction The aim of the present study was to improve socio-emotional skills in adults with intellectual disability (ID) in order to remediate their social behavior difficulties. Method The socio-emotional skills reeducation program (Barisnikov, 2007) was proposed to 17 ID adults. Participants’ socio-emotional skills were assessed in pre- and p...
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Children born preterm, and more specifically those with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), are prone to exhibit scholastic difficulties and behavioral problems later in development. Neuropsychological studies showed that their deficits in response inhibition and attention could be at the heart of these difficulties. Functional magnetic resonan...
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The main aims of the present study were to examine the factor structure and the internal consistency of the factors in the French version of the Reiss Screen of Maladaptive Behavior in a French-speaking European sample. The prevalence of psychopathology and the influence of associated factors were also examined. The Reiss Screen was administered to...
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Cognitive and perceptual disorders are regularly associated with the motor pathology of CP children. Impairment of visual-perceptual functions is frequently demonstrated in these children. However, these functions play an important role in academic learning. Using the battery BEVPS, we tested three groups of children aged 7-14 years, a CP group, a...
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Cognitive and perceptual disorders are commonly associated with the motor pathology in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Impairment of visual–perceptual functions is frequently reported in these children. These functions, however, play an important role in academic learning. Using the computerized battery BEVPS, we assessed three groups of childre...
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The inhibition of a prepotent response represents a hallmark of executive (or cognitive) control, allowing individuals to adapt to the ever-changing environment. This ability can be studied with the stop-signal paradigm, in which “go” processes (execution of the response) and “stop” processes (inhibition of the response) compete against each other....
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The present study examined the bottom-up influence of emotional context on response inhibition, an issue that remains largely unstudied in children. Thus, 62 participants, aged from 6 to 13 years old, were assessed with three stop signal tasks: one with circles, one with neutral faces, and one with emotional faces (happy and sad). Results showed th...
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This study aimed to examine developmental trends in response inhibition during childhood and to control for possible developmental influence of other basic cognitive processes (such as working memory and processing speed). In addition, we explored the relationships between response inhibition, working memory, and processing speed, as they are thoug...
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Although language processing has been described as being a relatively ‘spared’ cognitive function in individuals presenting with Williams syndrome (7q11.23 microdeletion; WS), some studies suggest possible alterations at the level of input speech processing. We explored categorical speech perception and non-speech auditory perception in six partici...
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L’objectif de cet article est de présenter une batterie d’évaluation spécifiquement conçue pour le suivi longitudinal des personnes âgées atteintes de trisomie 21. Elle est composée d’évaluations neuropsychologiques couvrant divers domaines cognitifs susceptibles d’être touchés dans le vieillissement tels que l’attention, la planification, l’inhibi...
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Background: Although the prevalence of mental illness and behaviour problems is lower in adults with Down syndrome (DS) than in other populations with intellectual disabilities, they do present emotional and relational problems, as well as social integration difficulties. However, studies reporting on specific competences known to be central in de...
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Recent studies have reported specific executive and attentional deficits in preterm children. However, the majority of this research has used multidetermined tasks to assess these abilities, and the interpretation of the results lacks an explicit theoretical backdrop to better understand the origin of the difficulties observed. In the present study...
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The present study proposed to test the applicability of a new emotional Stroop-like paradigm among 49 adults with Down syndrome (DS), matched with typically developing children on gender and receptive vocabulary. Stimuli with neutral and emotional content were presented in two identical computerized tasks. This experimental design allowed compariso...
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Facial expression processing and the attribution of facial emotions to a context were investigated in adults with Down syndrome (DS) in two experiments. Their performances were compared with those of a child control group matched for receptive vocabulary. The ability to process faces without emotional content was controlled for, and no differences...