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SNSF Ambizione Lecturer in social psychology

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Short Academic Bio

Nicolas Sommet is a SNSF Ambizione Lecturer in social psychology in the LIVES Center at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. His research interests focus on the psychological consequences of income inequality, achievement motivation, and multilevel analysis.


Nicolas Sommet has been awarded a SNSF Ambizione grant (2020-present) to study how residing in a places with high income inequality predicts well-being. He is also the co-recipient of a SNSF Spark grant (2019-present) to conduct large-scale cross-national replication of the psychological effects of social class.

Selected Publications

Sommet, N., Weissman, D. L. & Elliot, A. J. (2022). Income inequality predicts competitiveness and cooperativeness at school. Accepted for publication in Journal of Educational Psychology.


Batruch, A.,* Sommet, N.,* & Autin, F.* (2022). Advancing the psychology of social class with large-scale replications in four countries. Accepted for publication as a registered report in Nature Human Behaviour.

*The authors are co-first authors

Sommet, N., Elliot. A. J., Jamieson, J. P., & Butera, F. (2019). Income inequality, perceived competitiveness, and approach-avoidance motivation. Journal of Personality87, 767-784.

Sommet, N., Morselli, D., & Spini, D. (2018). Income inequality affects the psychological health only of the people facing scarcity. Psychological Science, 29, 1911-1921.

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