The symposium ” Minding the Body: The New Science of Interoceptive Awareness” is held on 24th of May, 2015 at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Convention in New York.
The symposium chairs were Caroline Schlinkert and Sander Koole, and the contributers were Manos Tsakiris, Roy Salomon en Sahib Khalsa.
A theory of social thermoregulation in human
IJzerman, H., Coan, J. A., Wagemans, F. A. M., Missler, M. A., Van Beest, I., Lindenberg, S. M., & Tops, M. (2015). A theory of social thermoregulation in human primates. Frontiers in Psychology. (Full text)
Beyond breathing, the regulation of body temperature—thermoregulation—is one of the most pressing concerns for many animals. A dysregulated body temperature has dire consequences for survival and development. Despite the high frequency of social thermoregulation occurring across many species, little is known about the role of social thermoregulation in human (social) psychological functioning. We outline a theory of social thermoregulation and reconsider earlier research on people’s expectations of their social world (i.e., attachment) and their prediction of the social world. We provide support and outline a research agenda that includes consequences for individual variation in self-regulatory strategies and capabilities. In our paper, we discuss physiological, neural, and social processes surrounding thermoregulation. Emphasizing social thermoregulation in particular, we appeal to the economy of action principle and the hierarchical organization of human thermoregulatory systems. We close with future directions of a crucial aspect of human functioning: the social regulation of body temperature.
IJzerman, H., Regenberg, N. F. E., Saddlemyer, J., & Koole, S. L. (2015). Perceptual effects of linguistic category priming: The Stapel and Semin (2007) paradigm revisited in twelve experiments. Acta Psychologica. (Link) (Replication package).
Linguistic category priming is a novel paradigm to examine automatic influences of language on cognition (Semin, 2008). An initial article reported that priming abstract linguistic categories (adjectives) led to more global perceptual processing, whereas priming concrete linguistic categories (verbs) led to more local perceptual processing (Stapel & Semin, 2007). However, this report was compromised by data fabrication by the first author, and so it remains unclear whether or not linguistic category priming influences perceptual processing. To fill this gap in the literature, the present article reports 12 studies among Dutch and US samples examining the perceptual effects of linguistic category priming. The results yielded no evidence of linguistic category priming effects. These findings are discussed in relation to other research showing cultural variations in linguistic category priming effects (IJzerman, Saddlemyer, & Koole, 2014a). The authors conclude by highlighting the importance of conducting and publishing replication research for achieving scientific progress.
Olivier Luminet from Universite Catholique de Louvain will be visiting our lab on May 7, 2015.
His work is on personality, health and emotion. He has expertise over moderating effects of alexithymia, optimism, and emotional intelligence on emotional perception, categorization and memory at explicit and implicit levels. ( For further information )
Topolinski, S., Zürn, M., & Schneider, I. K. (2015). What’s In and What’s Out in Branding? A Novel Articulation Effect for Brand Names. Name: Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 585. (Full text)
The present approach exploits the biomechanical connection between articulation and ingestion-related mouth movements to introduce a novel psychological principle of brand name design. We constructed brand names for diverse products with consonantal stricture spots either from the front to the rear of the mouth, thus inwards (e.g., BODIKA), or from the rear to the front, thus outwards (e.g., KODIBA). These muscle dynamics resemble the oral kinematics during either ingestion (inwards), which feels positive, or expectoration (outwards), which feels negative. In 7 experiments (total N = 1261), participants liked products with inward names more than products with outward names (Experiment 1), reported higher purchase intentions (Experiment 2), and higher willingness-to-pay (Experiments 3a-3c, 4, 5), with the price gain amounting to 4 % to 13 % of the average estimated product value. These effects occurred across English and German language, under silent reading, for both edible and non-edible products, and even in the presence of a much stronger price determinant, namely fair-trade production (Experiment 5).
As of April 15, Dr. Karin Tanja-Dijkstra will be joining our lab as an Assistant Professor.
Karin Tanja-Dijkstra(PhD 2008, University of Twente) was a research fellow at Plymouth University from 2011 to 2014. Karin’s research combines insights from cognitive, social, clinical, and environmental psychology. Her methodological tool kit ranges from lab-based experimental studies to randomised controlled clinical trials in field settings.
As of April 1st, Carina Remmers will visit Amsterdam Emotion Regulation lab. Carina Remmers completed her PhD in December 2014 (summa cum laude) at the University of Hildesheim. Her dissertation was concerned with the effects of depression and mindfulness on intuition.
During her stay at the Amsterdam Emotion Regulation Lab, Carina will be writing a paper on the effects of mindfulness on implicit emotion regulation.
As of April 7, Tobias Maldei will visit our lab for a period of two weeks. Tobias is currently doing a joint PhD project between the University of Trier, where he is supervised by Prof. Dr. Nicola Baumann, and the VU University Amsterdam, where he is supervised by Dr. Sander Koole. Tobias’ research so far has focused on the role of implicit motives in intuitive judgments.
Research Project: Social Support
We know that the quality of people’s relationships is related to health. Having a good social network is as strongly or stronger related to health than classic health predictors, like obesity and smoking. But we understand only the basics of how relationships and health are related. Do relationships improve our health, and, if so, how? Members of this theme group have revealed that relationships relate to health through so-called embodied channels, like a warm, soothing touch. If this is indeed the case, how can we incorporate embodied channels into computer-mediated communication, and how can we lower the threshold through technology for those who have troubles relating?
NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group
received the fellowship- and workshop grants as part of the NIAS-Lorentz Program
, which promotes cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that brings together perspectives from the Humanities and/or Social Sciences on the one hand and the Natural sciences and/or Technological Sciences on the other. Pivotal to this program is the understanding that important and exciting advances are to be expected in research at the interface of different disciplines.
Weighty data: importance information influences estimated weight of digital information storage devices
Previous work suggests that perceived importance of an object influences estimates of its weight. Specifically, important books were estimated to be heavier than non-important books. However, the experimental set-up of these studies may have suffered from a potential confound and findings may be confined to books only. Addressing this, we investigate the effect of importance on weight estimates by examining whether the importance of information stored on a data storage device (USB-stick or portable hard drive) can alter weight estimates. Results show that people thinking a USB-stick holds important tax information (vs. expired tax information vs. no information) estimate it to be heavier (Experiment 1) compared to people who do not. Similarly, people who are told a portable hard drive holds personally relevant information (vs. irrelevant), also estimate the drive to be heavier (Experiments 2A,B).
Schneider, I. K. , Parzuchowski, M., Wojciszke, B., Schwarz, N., & Koole, S. L. (2014). Weighty data: importance information influences estimated weight of digital information storage devices. Name: Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1536. (Full Text)