Visiting Scholar!

CarinaAs 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.

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Visiting Scholar!

imagesAs 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.

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NIAS-Lorentz Grant!

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 10.37.05Hans IJzerman will reside at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Wassenaar in the coming months. He will coordinate an interdisciplinary and international theme group on social support. Theme group members include Jim Coan, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Spike Lee and Harry Reis. They will organise an international workshop on the topic from 16 – 20 March. Please click here for the poster and here for further information.
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
Hans IJzerman 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.
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Paper Published!

Image1_Thumb_166Weighty 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 Psychology5, 1536. (Full Text)

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Social Evening!

sinterklaas2On 29th of November, Amsterdam Emotion Regulation lab celebrated the traditional Dutch holiday ”Sinterklaas”. Sinterklaas is celebrated annually with giving gifts to each other. This social evening was a great opportunity to get to know the new lab members.



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Phd Opportunity!

phdpositionWe currently have a vacancy for one PhD student in our lab. Are you a motivated student interested in pursuing a career in science? Find out more here.


Update: The application period  has passed. 

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New Lab Members!

Yzerman-HansHans IJzerman will be joining the Amsterdam Emotion Regulation Lab as of January 2015!

Hans was awarded a Veni from the NWO in 2013 for his research on social regulation. He will be joined by three PhD students: Robin van Emden, Marjolein Missler, and Ilker Dalgar. We look forward to having these terrific new colleagues in our lab group!

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Guest Speaker!

beateherbert copyBeate Herbert from the University of Tübingen visited our lab on October 30th, 2014. She gave a presentation on her latest work on Interoception.

We will start collaborating with her on several projects concerning Interoception and Beate is now also an Affiliate Member of our lab!

We look very much forward to this collaboration!

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New Book!

koolebookHow can people master their own thoughts, feelings, and actions? This question is central to the scientific study of self-regulation. The behavioral side of self-regulation has been extensively investigated over the last decades, but the biological machinery that allows people to self-regulate has mostly remained vague and unspecified. Handbook of Biobehavioral Approaches to Self-Regulation edited by Guido H.E. Gendolla, Mattie Tops and Sander L. Koole corrects this imbalance.

Moving beyond traditional mind-body dualities, the various contributions in the book examine how self-regulation becomes established in cardiovascular, hormonal, and central nervous systems. Particular attention is given to the dynamic interplay between affect and cognition in self-regulation. The book also addresses the psychobiology of effort, the impact of depression on self-regulation, the development of self-regulation, and the question what causes self-regulation to succeed or fail. These novel perspectives provide readers with a new, biologically informed understanding of self-awareness and self-agency. Among the topics being covered are:

  • Self-regulation in an evolutionary perspective.
  • The muscle metaphor in self-regulation in the light of current theorizing on muscle physiology.
  • From distraction to mindfulness: psychological and neural mechanisms of attention strategies in self-regulation.
  • Self-regulation in social decision-making: a neurobiological perspective.
  • Mental effort: brain and autonomic correlates in health and disease.
  • A basic and applied model of the body-mind system.

For further information,  Handbook of Biobehavioral Approaches to Self-Regulation

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Guest Speaker!

IjzermanLabVisitHans Ijzerman from Tilburg University and his lab group members visited our lab meeting on October 2, 2014.  After an introduction session among Phd students, Hans gave a highly intriguing speech on “Social Thermoregulation”.

We were very grateful to host Hans Ijzerman, Sanja Djordjevic, Ilker Dalgar, Fieke Wagemans and Marjolein Missler on our meeting. We wish them success in their future research!

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