• The site visits are open to registered delegates only.
• Registration has to be made onsite at the registration desk. A meeting point will be indicated.
• Registrations will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis and will be according to availability.
• The visits will be conducted in English (unless otherwise specified).
• The organizers reserve the right to cancel a visit if there are not enough participants.
V1 - La Sorbonne (including Binet’s Laboratory)
More information to come
V2 - Fear of Flying
Guided tour of the Air France pilot and cabin crew training facilities that are made available for the clients of the Stress-
Free Flying Workshop (15 minutes).
In-class presentation of different problems and symptoms encountered by people suffering from the fear of flying and the
solutions provided by the Air France Stress-Free Flying Workshop (1 hour).
Training session in a full-flight aircraft cabin simulator based on an Air France on-demand complementary workshop
designed to help clients who suffer from high-anxiety and who have difficulties «letting go» and/or are claustrophobic
V3 / V3-bis - Walk around Alfred Binet
As it is known, Alfred Binet started researching on developmental psychology by observing his two daughters. He carried on by studying children in schools close to the Sorbonne where he initially studied. He then met Monsieur Vaney, Head of one of these schools located on 36 rue de la Grange aux Belles. Monsieur Vaney was extremely interested by the development of children’s knowledge. The Binet trail will start from this school. As the plaque indicates, this is where Alfred Binet created “the first French laboratory of experimental pedagogy”. We will conclude the Binet trail at the Sorbonne University, where Binet’s Laboratory of Experimental Psychology stood.
The Binet trail is an excuse for going after a suite of historical places: abandon the Gibbet of Montfaucon, to walking along
the Saint Louis Hospital, to reaching the Saint Martin Canal, near the Hotel du Nord, famous because of a great film, then to
the Republic Square, loaded with historical events. We will then go towards Arts et Métiers School, which is famous for its
museum in which one can see Foucault Pendulum with which he could explain how the earth was moving around itself. Later, we will go by the Georges Pompidou Center, museum of modern art. Via the Hotel de Ville Square, crossing over the Seine River, we will reach Notre Dame. We will then go by the school on rue du Sommerard, pass by the building of the Scholarly Society located in rue Serpente, n°28, which was the real modern psychology cradle. The Binet trail will be concluded at number 46 on rue Saint-Jacques, where the Binet’s famous laboratory was.
These experiments are the first steps for conception of remediation and training programs in the field of health. The visitors
will be invited to perform some virtual experiments to tests different kinds of memory.
V5 Visit of the Sainte Anne Museum
V6 - Important places for French Psychology
French psychology started within major Parisian psychiatric hospitals along with main research institutions and teaching institutes.
The proposed trail will start from Salpêtrière hospital and end in the Latin Quarter, with, among others, a visit of the building of the Sorbonne and of the historical Medical School.
In this trail, the group will go along the Salpêtrière hospital, which is the emblematic space for French psychiatry where Charcot worked. But it is really in the Latin Quarter, especially in the Sorbonne and in the Collège de France, that French psychology was institutionalized. In fact, Ribot became, in 1885, at the Sorbonne, the first teacher of psychology, as well as, in 1888, the first professor of experimental psychology at the Collège de France. It is also at the Sorbonne that Henry Beaunis founded the first French laboratory of psychology, in 1889, where Alfred Binet, Henri Piéron (who was President of IAAP from 1947 to 1953) and Paul Fraisse were successively the head of. The walk will then go towards the Place de l’Odéon, passing by the historical Medical School. Not far from there, is the building of the Scholarly Society (28 rue Serpente), where Charcot and Ribot founded, in 1885, the Society of Physiological Psychology. This is the emblematic space where the French University Psychology was developed. The trail will end by the Saint Germain des Près church where the René Descartes’ remaining are located, René Descartes as the father of both modern philosophy and psychology.
V7 - Museum of the History of Medicine
Since 1971 the headquarters of Paris Descartes University have been located in the former premises of the Medical School
founded in 1803 and situated in the buildings of the Academy of Surgery.
The Museum of the History of Medicine is housed on the second floor of the building, in a room built in 1905.
Its collections, the oldest in Europe, were put together by the dean Lafaye in the 18th century, then a considerable collection of pieces covering the different branches of operating art until the end of the 19th century was added. One can also discover several rare medical and surgical bags as well as physiology tools.