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Research

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 why people deliberately choose to expose themselves to intensely negative information. Furthermore, we study how understanding emotions in other people, and experiencing emotions yourself, overlap in the brain [Suzanne Oosterwijk].

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

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? [Marte Otten]. 

Key papers:

Oosterwijk, S. (2017). Choosing the negative: A behavioral demonstration of morbid curiosity. PLOSONE, 12, e0178399.

Oosterwijk, S., Snoek, L., Rotteveel, M., Barrett, L.F., & Scholte, H.S. (2017). Shared states: Using MVPA to explore neural overlap in emotion experience and emotion understanding. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 1025-1035.

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