Amsterdam Interdisciplinary Centre for Emotion (AICE)

dr. D.A. (Disa) Sauter


  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group Social Psychology
  • D.A.Sauter@uva.nl

Research interests

My work examines the communication of emotions via non-verbal signals. Much of my research has focused on vocalisations such as laughter, cries and sighs, but I have also studied facial expressions of emotions. I am interested in how factors such as culture, learning mechanisms, and language, shape our emotions and the ways that they are signalled. Complementing this, I ask which aspects of our emotions and emotional signals exhibit less plasticity. My research includes experimental psychological methods with adults and infants, and cross-cultural comparisons. I have a particular interest in positive emotions, and distinctions between different positive affective states. You can find out more about my lab, the Amsterdam Interdisciplinary Centre for Emotion here

Biography

I did my BSc in Psychology and Cognitive Science at University College London (2002), followed by a PhD in the same department (2006). Then I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, after which I received an ESRC fellowship, which I took up at Birkbeck College London. In 2008 I moved to the Netherlands to work as a staff researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, where I stayed until 2011. I held a Veni grant (2011-2016) from the Dutch Science Foundation, and I have recently been awarded an ERC starting grant. I am currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Psychology at UvA, associate editor of Emotion Review, and a member of the editorial board of Emotion. 

Teaching and supervision

I currently give courses at undergraduate and post-graduate level at the University of Amsterdam, including  Introduction to Emotion Science for third year undergraduate Psychology students, and at the Research Master level, Current Debates in Emotion Science. I currently supervise the PhD students Xia Fang, Lisanne Pauw, Milena Feldkamp, and YongQi Cong, as well as MSc students from the Social Psychology and Research Master programs. 

Selected publications (see Publications page for full list)

Sauter, D.A. (in press). The nonverbal communication of positive emotions: An emotion family approach. Emotion Review.

Sauter, D., Le Guen, O., & Haun, D. B. M. (2011). Categorical perception of emotional expressions does not require lexical categories. Emotion, 11(6) , 1479-1483 .

Sauter, D., Eisner, F., Ekman, P., & Scott, S. K. (2010). Cross-cultural recognition of basic emotions through nonverbal emotional vocalizations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(6), 2408-2412.  

Sauter, D. (2010). More than happy: The need for disentangling positive emotions. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 36-40. 

 

2017

  • Sauter, D. A. (2017). Is there a role for language in emotion perception? Emotion Review[details]
  • Sauter, D. A., & Fischer, A. H. (2017). Can perceivers infer emotions from spontaneous emotional expressions? Cognition & Emotion[details]
  • Soderstrom, M., Reimchen, M., Sauter, D., & Morgan, J. L. (2017). Do infants discriminate non-linguistic vocal expressions of positive emotions? Cognition & Emotion, 31(2), 298-311. DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2015.1108904 [details]

2016

  • Sachisthal, M. S. M., Sauter, D. A., & Fischer, A. H. (2016). Mimicry of ingroup and outgroup emotional expressions. Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology, 1(1-3), 86-105. DOI: 10.1080/23743603.2017.1298355 [details]
  • Sauter, D. A. (2016). The nonverbal communication of positive emotions: An emotion family approach. Emotion Review[details]
  • de Dreu, C. K. W., Kret, M. E., & Sauter, D. A. (2016). Assessing Emotional Vocalizations from Cultural In-Group and Out-Group Depends on Oxytocin. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(8), 837-846. [details]
  • Keltner, D., Tracy, J., Sauter, D. A., & Cordaro, D. C. (2016). Expression of emotion. In M. Lewis, J. M. Haviland-Jones, & L. Feldman Barrett (Eds.), Handbook of Emotion (pp. 467-482). New York: Guilford. [details]

2015

  • Sauter, D. A., Eisner, F., Ekman, P., & Scott, S. K. (2015). Emotional vocalizations are recognized across cultures regardless of the valence of distractors. Psychological Science, 26(3), 354-356. DOI: 10.1177/0956797614560771 [details / files]
  • McGettigan, C., Walsh, E., Jessop, R., Agnew, Z. K., Sauter, D., Warren, J. E., & Scott, S. K. (2015). Individual differences in laughter perception reveal roles for mentalizing and sensorimotor systems in the evaluation of emotional authenticity. Cerebral Cortex, 25(1), 246-257. DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bht227 [details] [PDF]

2014

  • Sauter, D. A. (2014). Comment: Evidence for basicness from noise-like interjections of emotions. Emotion Review, 6(1), 65-66. DOI: 10.1177/1754073913491843 [details] [PDF]
  • Bayot, M., Pleyers, G., Kotsou, I., Lefèvre, N., Sauter, D. A., & Vermeulen, N. (2014). Joint effect of alexithymia and mood on the categorization of nonverbal emotional vocalizations. Psychiatry Research, 216(2), 242-247. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2013.12.007 [details] [PDF]
  • Wilson, C. E., Happé, F., Wheelwright, S. J., Ecker, C., Lombardo, M. V., Johnston, P., ... Murphy, D. G. M. (2014). The neuropsychology of male adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome. Autism Research, 7(5), 568-581. DOI: 10.1002/aur.1394 [details]

2013

  • Sauter, D. A. (2013). The role of motivation and cultural dialects in the in-group advantage for emotional vocalizations. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, [814]. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00814 [details] [PDF]
  • Sauter, D. A., & Eisner, F. (2013). Commonalities outweigh differences in the communication of emotions across human cultures [Letter to the editor]. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(3), E180. [E180]. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1200155109 [details] [PDF]
  • Sauter, D. A., Panattoni, C., & Happé, F. (2013). Children's recognition of emotions from vocal cues. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 31(1), 97-113. DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-835X.2012.02081.x [details] [PDF]

2012

  • Heaton, P., Reichenbacher, L., Sauter, D., Allen, R., Scott, S., & Hill, E. (2012). Measuring the effects of alexithymia on perception of emotional vocalizations in autistic spectrum disorder and typical development. Psychological Medicine, 42(11), 2453-2459. DOI: 10.1017/S0033291712000621 [details] [PDF]
  • Rohrer, J. D., Sauter, D., Scott, S., Rossor, M. N., & Warren, J. D. (2012). Receptive prosody in nonfluent primary progressive aphasias. Cortex, 48(3), 308-316. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2010.09.004 [details] [PDF]

2011

  • Sauter, D. A., LeGuen, O., & Haun, D. B. M. (2011). Categorical perception of emotional facial expressions does not require lexical categories. Emotion, 11(6), 1479-1483. DOI: 10.1037/a0025336 [details] [PDF]
  • Blasi, A., Mercure, E., Lloyd-Fox, S., Thomson, A., Brammer, M., Sauter, D., ... Murphy, D. G. M. (2011). Early specialization for voice and emotion processing in the infant brain. Current Biology, 21(14), 1220-1224. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2011.06.009 [details] [PDF]
  • Jones, C. R. G., Pickles, A., Falcaro, M., Marsden, A. J. S., Happé, F., Scott, S. K., ... Charman, T. (2011). A multimodal approach to emotion recognition ability in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52(3), 275-285. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2010.02328.x [details] [PDF]
  • Omar, R., Henley, S. M. D., Bartlett, J. W., Hailstone, J. C., Gordon, E., Sauter, D. A., ... Warren, J. D. (2011). The structural neuroanatomy of music emotion recognition: evidence from frontotemporal lobar degeneration. NeuroImage, 56(3), 1814-1821. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.03.002 [details] [PDF]
  • Robotham, L., Sauter, D. A., Bachoud-Lévi, A-C., & Trinkler, I. (2011). The impairment of emotion recognition in Huntington’s disease extends to positive emotions. Cortex, 47(7), 880-884. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2011.02.014 [details] [PDF]

2010

  • Sauter, D. A. (2010). Addendum: Are positive vocalizations perceived as communicating happiness across cultural boundaries? Communicative & Integrative Biology, 3(5), 440-442. DOI: 10.4161/cib.3.5.12285 [details] [PDF]
  • Sauter, D. A., & Eimer, M. (2010). Rapid detection of emotion from human vocalizations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(3), 474-481. DOI: 10.1162/jocn.2009.21215 [details] [PDF]
  • Sauter, D. A., & Levinson, S. C. (2010). Comment: What's embodied in a smile? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33(6), 457-458. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X10001597 [details] [PDF]
  • Sauter, D. A., Eisner, F., Calder, A. J., & Scott, S. K. (2010). Perceptual cues in nonverbal vocal expressions of emotion. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63(11), 2251-2272. DOI: 10.1080/17470211003721642 [details] [PDF]
  • Sauter, D. A., Eisner, F., Ekman, P., & Scott, S. K. (2010). Cross-cultural recognition of basic emotions through nonverbal emotional vocalizations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(6), 2408-2412. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0908239106 [details] [PDF]
  • Sauter, D. A., Eisner, F., Ekman, P., & Scott, S. K. (2010). Reply to Gewald: isolated Himba settlements still exist in Kaokoland. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(18), E76. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1002264107 [details] [PDF]
  • Sauter, D. (2010). More than happy: the need for disentangling positive emotions. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19(1), 36-40. DOI: 10.1177/0963721409359290 [details] [PDF]
  • Banissy, M. J., Sauter, D. A., Ward, J., Warren, J. E., Walsh, V., & Scott, S. K. (2010). Suppressing sensorimotor activity modulates the discrimination of auditory emotions but not speaker identity. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30(41), 13552-13557. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0786-10.2010 [details] [PDF]

2009

  • Eimer, M., Kiss, M., Press, C., & Sauter, D. (2009). The roles of feature-specific task set and bottom-up salience in attentional capture: an ERP study. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance, 35(5), 1316-1328. DOI: 10.1037/a0015872 [details] [PDF]
  • Garrido, L., Eisner, F., McGettigan, C., Stewart, L., Sauter, D., Hanley, J. R., ... Duchaine, B. (2009). Developmental phonagnosia: a selective deficit of vocal identity recognition. Neuropsychologia, 47(1), 123-131. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.08.003 [details] [PDF]
  • Simon-Thomas, E. R., Keltner, D. J., Sauter, D., Sinicropi-Yao, L., & Abramson, A. (2009). The voice conveys specific emotions: evidence from vocal burst displays. Emotion, 9(6), 838-846. DOI: 10.1037/a0017810 [details] [PDF]

2007

  • Sauter, D. A., & Scott, S. K. (2007). More than one kind of happiness: can we recognize vocal expressions of different positive states? Motivation and Emotion, 31(3), 192-199. DOI: 10.1007/s11031-007-9065-x [details] [PDF]

2006

  • Warren, J. E., Sauter, D. A., Eisner, F., Wiland, J., Dresner, M. A., Wise, R. J. S., ... Scott, S. K. (2006). Positive emotions preferentially engage an auditory-motor "mirror" system. The Journal of Neuroscience, 26(50), 13067-13075. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3907-06.2006 [details] [PDF]

2014

  • Sauter, D. A., McDonald, N. M., Gangi, D. N., & Messinger, D. S. (2014). Nonverbal expressions of positive emotions. In M. M. Tugade, M. N. Shiota, & L. D. Kirby (Eds.), Handbook of positive emotions (pp. 179-198). New York: Guilford Press. [details] [PDF]
  • Sauter, D. (2014). A cross-disciplinary view on the acoustics of laughter. In J. Trouvain, & N. Campbell (Eds.), Phonetics of laughing Saarbrücken: Saarland University Press. [details] [PDF]

2011

  • Sauter, D. A. (2011). Looking for disgust in Yucatec Maya. Emotion Researcher, 26(3), 7-9. [details]

2010

  • Sauter, D. A. (2010). Can introspection teach us anything about the perception of sounds? [Book review]. Perception, 39, 1300-1302. [details]
  • Sauter, D. A. (2010). Non-verbal emotional vocalizations across cultures. In E. Zimmermann, & E. Altenmüller (Eds.), Evolution of emotional communication: From sounds in nonhuman mammals to speech and music in man. (pp. 15). Hannover: University of Veterinary Medicine. [details]
  • Scott, S. K., Sauter, D., & McGettigan, C. (2010). Brain mechanisms for processing perceived emotional vocalizations in humans. In S. M. Brudzynski (Ed.), Handbook of mammalian vocalization: an integrative neuroscience approach (pp. 187-197). (Handbook of behavioral neuroscience; No. 19). London: Academic Press. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-374593-4.00019-X [details] [PDF]

2009

  • Sauter, D. A., Eisner, F., Ekman, P., & Scott, S. K. (2009). Universal vocal signals of emotion. In N. Taatgen, & H. Van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp. 2251-2255). Amsterdam: Cognitive Science Society. [details]

2008

  • Sauter, D. A., Eisner, F., Rosen, S., & Scott, S. K. (2008). The role of source and filter cues in emotion recognition in speech. In Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. (Vol. 123, pp. 3739-3740) [details]
  • Robotham, L., Trinkler, I., & Sauter, D. A. (2008). The power of positives: Evidence for an overall emotional recognition deficit in Huntington's disease. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 79, A12. [details]

2007

  • Omar, R., Henley, S. M., Hailstone, J. C., Sauter, D. A., Scott, S. K., Fox, N. C., ... Warren, J. D. (2007). Recognition of emotions in faces, voices and music in frontotemporal lobar regeneration. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 78, 1014. [details]

2006

  • Scott, S. K., & Sauter, D. A. (2006). Non-verbal expressions of emotion - acoustics, valence, and cross cultural factors. In Third International Conference on Speech Prosody. Dresden: ISCA. [details]

2005

  • Sauter, D. A., Wiland, J., Warren, J., Eisner, F., Calder, A., & Scott, S. K. (2005). Sounds of joy: An investigation of vocal expressions of positive emotions. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 61(Suppl), B99. [details]

2004

  • Sauter, D. A., Scott, S. K., & Calder, A. (2004). Categorisation of vocally expressed positive emotion: A first step towards basic positive emotions? In Proceedings of the British Psychological Society. (Vol. 12, pp. 111) [details]
  • Fradera, A., & Sauter, D. (2004). Make yourself happy. In T. Stafford, & M. Webb (Eds.), Mind hacks: tips & tools for using your brain (pp. 325-327). Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly. [details] [PDF]
  • Fradera, A., & Sauter, D. (2004). Reminisce hot and cold. In M. Webb, & T. Stafford (Eds.), Mind hacks: tips & tools for using your brain (pp. 327-331). Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly. [details] [PDF]
  • Fradera, A., & Sauter, D. (2004). Signal emotion. In T. Stafford, & M. Webb (Eds.), Mind hacks: tips & tools for using your brain (pp. 320-324). Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly. [details] [PDF]
  • Scott, S. K., & Sauter, D. A. (2004). Vocal expressions of emotion and positive and negative basic emotions. In Proceedings of the British Psychological Society. (Vol. 12, pp. 156) [details]

2016

  • Fang, X., van Kleef, G. A., & Sauter, D. A. (2016). Unmasking smiles across cultures: 2016 April 15-16, EASP Medium Size Meeting “Promoting a Social Approach to Emotions”[details]
  • Fang, X., van Kleef, G. A., & Sauter, D. A. Mixed Emotions: The Specificity of Emotion Perception from Static and Dynamic Facial Expressions across Cultures: 2016 July 6-7, CERE Emotion conference symposium organizer [details]

2015

  • Sauter, D. (2015). Nonverbal vocalisations are basic human expressions of emotion. 7. Abstract from 4th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and other nonverbal vocalisations in speech, . [details]

2010

  • Sauter, D. A., Crasborn, O., & Haun, D. B. M. (2010). The role of perceptual learning in emotional vocalizations.. 39. Paper presented at Third European conference on Emotion 2010 Proceedings, . [details]

Award

  • Sauter, D.A. (2015): Research Talent grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), 2015-2017. Value E 219,170.
  • Sauter, D.A. (2013): Open Access publication grant.

Others

  • Fischer, A.H. (organiser) & Sauter, D.A. (organiser) (12-3-2015): International Conference of Psychology (ICP), Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Fischer, A.H. (organiser) & Sauter, D.A. (organiser) (9-7-2015): International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), Geneva (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Sauter, D.A. (organiser) & Fischer, A.H. (organiser) (8-7-2015 - 10-7-2015): Symposium at International Society for Research on Emotion conference, Geneva (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Sauter, D.A. (organiser) (11-12-2015 - 12-12-2015): ASPO Conference, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

Keynote / Invited lecture

  • Fang, X. (speaker), van Kleef, G.A. (speaker) & Sauter, D.A. (speaker) (15-4-2016): Unmasking smiles across cultures, EASP Medium Size Meeting "Promoting a Social Approach to Emotions".
  • Sauter, D.A. (invited speaker) (14-4-2015): Keynote lecture, 4th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and other non-verbal vocalisations in Speech., Universiteit of Twente, Enschede.

Journal editor

  • Sauter, D.A. (editor) (2015): Emotion (Journal).
  • Sauter, D.A. (editor) (2015): Emotion Review (Journal).
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