NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities has awarded funding to 41 researchers in the NWO Open Competition – SSH. This instrument makes funding available for the best research proposals in the humanities and social sciences, without any thematic limitations. The grant awarded to Sander Koole is titled The Rhythm of Relating: How Emotional Sharing Emerges From Interpersonal Synchrony in Movement, Physiological and Neural Activations. When people share their emotions, they often display the same rhythms in movements, heart rate, and even brain activity. The awarded project will investigate how such synchronous rhythms contribute to emotion regulation. The results may contribute to making psychotherapy more effective and improve communication, for instance, in close relationships or during negotiations.
- PhD Defense Mandy Tjew A Sin on October 6September 23, 2020On Tuesday October 6, 15:45 am, Mandy Tjew A Sin will defend her dissertation titled, CONTACT COMFORT: PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF ACTUAL AND SIMULATED AFFECTIONATE TOUCH. The entire defense will be online and afterwards, there will be the opportunity to congratulate Mandy. You can … Continue reading →
- PhD Defense by Tobias Maldei on September 24September 23, 2020On Thursday September 24, 9:45 am, Tobias Maldei will defend his dissertation titled, Meaningful Themes: The Role of Thematic Processing in the Intuitive Detection of Semantic Coherence. The entire defense will be online. You can watch the defense via the YouTube channel of the VU … Continue reading →
- The AER Lab welcomes Nigel Janssens and Chris RyanJanuary 30, 2020This month, Nigel Janssens and Chris Ryan started their work as PhD students on the NWO-funded project “The Rhythm of Relating”. Nigel will be examining brain-to-brain synchrony and Chris movement synchrony, bith in the context of emotional sharing. We are … Continue reading →