Amsterdam Interdisciplinary Centre for Emotion (AICE)

Emotional experience

At the core of emotions is how emotional experiences feel, and this is an important feature of the research in our centre.

Our work examines whether people differ in their emotion granularity (degree of differentiation between emotional experiences) and how this relates to other individual differences [Agneta Fischer].

In our research, we also study what kinds of emotional experiences people seek out, including how and when people choose to expose themselves to information that can cause strongly negative emotions [Suzanne Oosterwijk].

We also examine what people want and expect when they share their emotional experiences with others [Lisanne Mann].

Some of our research focuses on the experience of individual emotions. For example, what exacerbates humiliation, what are the social consequences of feeling humiliated? [Liesbeth Mann], and what are the neural consequences of humiliation? [Kai Jonas, Marte Otten]. 

Our research on regret focuses on irreversible experiences, particularly in the context of chronic diseases such as HIV [Kai Jonas].

Key papers:

Epstude, K., & Jonas, K. J. (2015). Regret and counterfactual thinking in the face of inevitability: The case of HIV positive men. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 157-163.

Otten, M. & Jonas, K. J. (2014). Humiliation as an intense emotional experience: evidence from the electro-encephalogram.  Social Neuroscience, 9, 23-35.

Published by  PRI

9 July 2015