Dominique Makowski

Research Fellow

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

About me

Trained as neuropsychologist, CBT psychotherapist (and hypnotherapist), I am currently working as a postdoc at the Clinical Brain Lab in Singapore on the neuroscience of deception 😏. I’m fluent in French, English, Polish, Python, and somewhat good at pretending to speak Italian. My main figures of reference are Epictetus, Churchill and Yoda. My interests include scientific methodology, history of art and religion, and philosophy. My research focuses on aspects of reality bending (e.g., fiction, deception or altered states of consciousness such as through meditation or immersion).


  • Sense of reality
  • Emotion regulation
  • Cognitive control
  • Neuropsychological practice
  • Neuroaesthetics
  • History of psychiatry
  • Neapolitan pizze


  • PhD in Psychology, 2018

    University of Sorbonne Paris Cité

  • MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Psychology, 2014

    University of Sorbonne Paris Cité

  • BSc in Psychology, 2012

    University of Sorbonne Paris Cité




Cognitive Neuroscience




Star Wars




Honest Science




Certified Hypnotherapist (CH)

National Guild of Hypnothists

Sep 2019 – Dec 2019
  • Hypnosis course completed at the Petra Hypnosis & Training Centre in Singapore
  • Note that although trained and qualified, I do not endorse nor practice hypnosis

Research Fellow (postdoc)

Clinical Brain Lab

Jan 2019 – Present Singapore
  • Managing a research project on deception
  • Provide guidance and support for lab students

Lecturer in Neuropsychology

University of Sorbonne Paris Cité

Sep 2017 – Jun 2018 France
  • 192 hours of teaching to bachelor and master students, including all regular duties of a T.A. plus course creation and organisation
  • Topics included Neurology and psychiatry (main neurodegenerative, neurological and psychiatric disorders), Assessment (examination, diagnostic, psychometry), Rehabilitation and Therapy (CBT, mindfulness-based therapies, cognitive rehabilitation, practice supervision)

PhD in Psychology

University of Sorbonne Paris Cité

Oct 2014 – Nov 2018 France
  • “Cognitive Neuropsychology of Implicit Emotion Regulation Through Fictional Reappraisal”
  • Supervised by Pr. Serge Nicolas, Pr. Pascale Piolino and Dr. Marco Sperduti
  • Teaching assistant (208 hours over 3 years) for Experimental Psychology, Differential Psychology and Cognitive Psychology

Certified CBT Psychotherapist

French Association for Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (AFTCC)

Sep 2014 – Jun 2017 France
  • 3 years-long training in psychotherapy

Clinical Neuropsychologist

University of Sorbonne Paris Cité

Sep 2009 – Jun 2014 France
  • BSc in Psychology and MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Psychology
  • Internships in neurology, geriatric psychiatry and adult psychiatry


See the complete list of publications by clicking here.

2020 - In Medio Stat Virtus: intermediate levels of mind wandering improve episodic memory encoding in a virtual environment

Episodic memory encoding is highly influenced by the availability of attentional resources. Mind wandering corresponds to a shift of …

2020 - The impact of state and dispositional mindfulness on prospective memory: A virtual reality study

Prospective memory (PM) consists of remembering to perform an action that was previously planned. The recovery and execution of these …

2020 - The Structure of Deception: Validation of the Lying Profile Questionnaire

While deception is considered as a common phenomenon with important implications, its conceptualization and study as a dispositional …

2019 - Indices of Effect Existence and Significance in the Bayesian Framework

Turmoil has engulfed psychological science. Causes and consequences of the reproducibility crisis are in dispute. With the hope of …

2019 - Adaptation and Validation of a Short French Version of the Affective Style Questionnaire

Emotion regulation (ER) plays an important role in psychological well-being. Therefore, its valid assessment is a crucial step in the …




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  • 48 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore, 639818
  • HSS #04-18, Nanyang Technological University
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