Emotions change what happens in our bodies - they prepare us to attack, defend, withdraw, or relax.
In our research, we examine the link between conceptual representations of emotion and bodily states [Suzanne Oosterwijk], and study emotional mimicry, that is, the relationship between perceiving others’ emotional signals and producing matching emotional expressions ourselves [Agneta Fischer].
We also examine the relationship between group belonging and mimicry; do we copy others more if they are part of our group? [Maien Sachisthal]
Some of our research studies embodiment and action tendencies in the context of advertising [Peter Lewinski] and primate pupil synchronisation [Mariska Kret].
Lewinski, P., Fransen, M.L. & Tan, E.S.H. (2014). Predicting advertising effectiveness by facial expressions in response to amusing persuasive stimuli. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics, 7 (1), 1-14.
Oosterwijk, S., Rotteveel, M., Fischer, A.H., & Hess, U. (2009). Embodied emotion concepts: How generating words about pride and disappointment influences posture. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 457-466.