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AICE welcomes researchers interested in studying emotion in any discipline or across disciplines. As a member of AICE, you are invited to join our fortnightly meetings and to suggest external speakers to invite. If you are a scholar in the Amsterdam area who would like to join AICE, please contact Disa Sauter. Current members of AICE are listed alphabetically below.
  • David Abadi

    David Abadi is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Social Psychology, University of Amsterdam and a member of the H2020-funded project DEMOS (Democratic Efficacy and the Varieties of Populism in Europe). His research examines the psychological and emotional mechanisms linked to populist and extremist sentiments (and their corresponding appraisals) as well as hate speech and abusive language across media. For this purpose, he deploys a combination of (computational) methods, such as big data analytics, machine learning algorithms, survey research, experimental design, and natural language processing (NLP). He has co-developed a deep learning NLP model based on RoBERTa (Robustly optimized BERT approach), in order to detect metaphor, emotion and political rhetoric in big data. Lately, he co-developed a multi-task learning (MTL) model to detect social identity, populist attitudes, news bias and emotion in social media data.

    Dr D.R. (David) Abadi

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group Social Psychology

  • YongQi Cong

    YongQi finished the Research Master Psychology programme at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology. She started her PhD in November 2015 under the supervision of dr. Disa Sauter and prof. dr. Agneta Fischer. YongQi is interested in emotion, culture, language and their relationships with each other. She has worked on the categorical perception of emotions in pre-verbal infants and the communication and experience of positive emotions across cultures. YongQi’s PhD project investigates why there is an in-group advantage in emotion communication – the phenomena whereby people are better at recognizing emotion signals when they are displayed by someone from their own culture and do worse when emotions are displayed by someone with a different cultural background. The project examines different samples including immigrants, expats, adopted individuals in addition to native residents from China and the Netherlands. YongQi’s PhD project is funded by a Research Talent grant from the NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research).  

    Y. (YongQi) Cong MSc

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group Social Psychology

  • Corine Dijk

    Dr. Corine Dijk is an assistant professor of at the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. My research centres on interpersonal processes in psychopathology, mainly in social anxiety disorder. For example, I try to study if socially anxious individuals differ in their emotional responses from non-anxious individuals during social interactions (e.g., blush more or are less inclined to mimic other’s emotions);  and if this influences how they are judged by others. Also, I try to examine which cognitive mechanisms drive the differences in social and emotional behaviour. For example, do negative interpretations or strict beliefs about what is appropriate behaviour cause socially anxious individuals to behave differently?

    Dr. K.F.L. (Corine) Dijk

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group Clinical Psychology

  • Nila Fadhlia

    I completed my undergraduate (B.Hons) and master degree in Department of Psychology, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. Now, I am working on my Ph.D project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bertjan Doosje and Dr. Disa Sauter about resilience of refugees.

    T.N. (Nila) Fadhlia

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group Social Psychology

  • Allard Feddes

    Allard R. Feddes is interested in the role of emotions in intergroup contexts. Specifically, Allard has investigated the role of emotions in intergroup conflicts (i.e., the role of emotions in radicalisation processes leading to terrorism), formation of attitudes (i.e., how does humour interact with threat in regard to attitudes towards outgroups) and helping behaviour (i.e., to what extent do emotions play a role in volunteering to help refugees). Currently, Allard is involved in a research project focused on the extent to which reporting experiences with LGBTI-related discrimination and aggression to the police influences (emotional) well- being on the long term.  

    Dr. A.R. (Allard) Feddes

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group Social Psychology

  • Agneta Fischer

    Prof.dr. Agneta Fischer is currently Professor in Emotions and Affective Processes in the Social Psychology Group of the University of Amsterdam, and director of the Psychology Research Institute. She has been president of the International Society of Research on Emotion (ISRE, 2004-2009), and she is currently the coordinator of CERE (Consortium of Emotion Researchers in Europe) and the chair of the Dutch Association of Social Psychology (ASPO). She is co-editor of Cognition and Emotion, and consulting editor in a number of other international journals. Her broad research interest is emotions in social contexts, and she has published in the domain of facial expressions of emotion, emotional mimicry, culture and gender differences in emotions, embodiment, and the social functions of emotions, in particular anger and contempt.

    Prof. dr. A.H. (Agneta) Fischer

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  • Julia Folz

    I started my PhD in Cognitive Psychology at Leiden University in 2019. Under the supervision of Prof. Mariska Kret and Dr. Milica Nikolic, my doctoral research focuses on the resonance of others’ emotions in our own bodies. More specifically, I’m interested in examining whether an alignment of bodily states, originating in the nonverbal communication of emotions, can promote social connections between people and foster trust. As this becomes particularly relevant for individuals who encounter difficulties in social situations, I also examine these processes in two clinical conditions, namely social anxiety and autism.

  • Roza Kamiloglu

    I completed my B.A in Psychology and B.S in Physics with double major program at Koç University, Turkey followed by a masters in Social Psychology from the same university (2016).  Upon my graduation, I worked as a researcher at Utrecht University on olfactory modality as a medium of social communication providing a demonstration of perception of discrete negative facial expressions using olfactory priming. Currently, in my PhD project, I am working on nonverbal vocal expressions associated with specific positive emotions across cultures and the lifespan.

    Dr. R.G. (Roza) Kamiloglu

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group Social Psychology

  • Gerben van Kleef

    Prof. dr. Gerben A. van Kleef is Chair of the Social Psychology department of the University of Amsterdam. His primary research interests revolve around emotion, power, norm violations, social influence, group processes, and conflict. In studying these topics, he investigates fundamental mechanisms underlying human behavior and explores their implications for organizations and society. In doing so, he combines social-psychological approaches with insights from various other disciplines, including behavioral economics, law, biology, and evolutionary science. His work on emotion focuses on the interpersonal effects of discrete emotional expressions across domains of life, including personal relationships, conflict and negotiation, team work, leadership, coaching, and sports.

    Prof. dr. G.A. (Gerben) van Kleef

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group Social Psychology

  • Liesbeth Mann

    Liesbeth Mann is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Amsterdam. She obtained her PhD in 2017 at the same university studying the emotion of humiliation in interpersonal, intra- and intergroup context. Alongside her PhD-research she worked on different projects on radicalization and discrimination commissioned by the Dutch government. Later she worked as a postdoc at the VU University and Tilburg University before returning to the UvA. Her research interests are varied and cover topics in the area of (cross-) cultural psychology such as migration and acculturation, intergroup relations, self and identity, political psychology (e.g., radicalization, genocide and the aftermath of mass conflict and crime) and emotions, in particular emotions in intergroup relations.

    L. (Liesbeth) Mann PhD

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group Social Psychology

  • Kunalan Manokara

    Positive emotions lie at the core of my research interests. Broadly speaking, I examine how ‘feel good’ emotions relate to social and psychological phenomena. These include expressive behaviours, cultural norms, and prosocial outcomes. 

    I am currently employed as a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), where I am jointly supervised by Agneta Fischer and Disa Sauter. For my PhD project, we investigate how multiple positive emotions are expressed (through a mix of facial and bodily actions), and evaluate the role of social and cultural factors in regulating these emotion displays. 

  • Milica Nikolic

    I am an assistant professor in developmental psychopathology at the Child Development and Education department. My research interests evolve around the development of social emotions and social cognition in children. I am interested in understanding how children feel in social situations and how they think about other people and how these feelings and thoughts influence  the onset of children's  social problems on one hand and their social adjustment on the other hand. I investigate how social self-conscious emotions, such as shyness, shame, and guilt develop in toddlers and young children and how the disturbances in these emotions (for example, excessive or lack of shame) influence the occurrence of psychopathological symptoms and social adjustment.

    Dr. M. (Milica) Nikolic

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Developmental psychopathology

  • Suzanne Oosterwijk 

    Suzanne Oosterwijk is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. Broadly, her work is organized along two different themes. From an embodied cognition perspective, she investigates how networks in the brain overlap during intrapersonal and interpersonal emotion processes. In her second line of work, she aims to understand the phenomenon of morbid curiosity”, with a particular focus on why people choose to engage with negative material and how this behavior is represented in the brain and body.

    Dr. S. (Suzanne) Oosterwijk

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group Social Psychology

  • Mark Rotteveel

    Dr. Mark Rotteveel is an assistant professor working in the Social Psychology program at the Department of Psychology of the University of Amsterdam and he is associated editor of Cognition & Emotion. His research mainly concerns affective information processing and its behavioral consequences. Particularly, he is interested in affective information processing and its bi-directional relationship with action tendencies, attitudes, feelings, emotional expressions (e.g.,facial expressions, body posture) as well as information processing tendencies. Furthermore he is interested in cross-over phenomena of mood and affect with classic cognitive information processing (e.g., recognition performance). Recently, he started studying the perception of time in the context of emotion. In studying these processes specific latency measures, questionnaires as well as psychophysiological measures (e.g., fEMG, GSR, ERP, as fMRI) are used.

    Dr. M. (Mark) Rotteveel

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group Social Psychology

  • Maien Sachisthal

    I am a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam, studying motivation and science learning with Maartje Raijmakers at the Department of Developmental Psychology. I did my internship with Dr. Disa Sauter and Prof. Agneta Fischer, investigating the influence of group membership on emotional mimicry and are aiming to find out what process underlies the finding of enhanced in-group mimicry of negative emotions. I am particularly interested in intergroup processes and what role emotions play in these processes, for example how they define group boundaries.

    M.S.M. (Maien) Sachisthal PhD

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group Social Psychology

  • Disa Sauter

    Dr. Disa Sauter is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. She currently holds an ERC Starting grant. Her work examines how factors such as culture, learning, and language, shape our emotions and the ways that they are signalled, and complementing this, which aspects of our emotions and emotional signals exhibit less plasticity. Her work examines the communication of emotions via non-verbal signals, with a particular focus on nonverbal vocalisations. She also has a particular interest in positive emotions. Disa’s research includes a range of experimental psychological approaches and cross-cultural comparative methods. 

    Dr. D.A. (Disa) Sauter

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group Social Psychology

  • Don Weenink

    My prime research interest is in violent interactions, and the dynamics of escalation and de-escalation. One question I am working on is how changes in the emotional states of the opponents are related to situational asymmetry. For instance by analysing how supportive groups impact the course of the interaction by increasing feelings of emotional domination in one party, or by degrading the opponent. Another question is how and to what extent the various cultural meanings expressed in violence are related to the emotional intensity of the interaction. I am principal investigator of the Group Violence research programme (ERC Consolidator Grant), which studies these questions by focusing on how group behaviour affects antagonistic and violent situations (see My research blends theories and methods from various social sciences, such as anthropology, criminology, social psychology and sociology. My home base for research and teaching is the department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam

    Dr. D. (Don) Weenink

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Cultural Sociology

  • Maria Zwicker

    I started my PhD at the University of Amsterdam in September 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Frenk van Harreveld and Dr. Hannah Nohlen. My work concerns consumer attitudes and behaviour towards climate change. In particular, the project has two aims: 1) to investigate what causes consumers to experience a sense of urgency to combat climate change and 2) how their environment as a consumer can be modified to make the translation of this sense of urgency into behaviour most likely. My PhD is part of a larger (mainly chemistry-focused) project led by Prof. Dr. Gert-Jan Gruter that is developing novel rigid bio-based plastics for large scale application.

    Prior to my PhD, I graduated with a first-class Psychology Bachelor degree (BSc Hons) from the University of Stirling, UK (2016). I then proceeded to do a two-year Research Master in Social Psychology at the VU Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), from which I graduated cum laude (in August 2018). During my time at the VU, I worked on a variety of topics: I collaborated with Dr. Francesca Righetti on a project about the dynamics of close relationships, I completed a year-long research internship under Dr. Joshua Tybur using an evolutionary perspective, and I wrote my master's thesis on different threat perceptions and ideology during the European Refugee crisis under the supervision of Dr. Jan-Willem van Prooijen.

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