Following the scientific motivation outlined below, my aim during this sabbatical period is to carve out the future of research into emotion dynamics by analyzing when and under what circumstances, and with which mechanisms emotion-dynamic patterns play a role in mental health. While I want to do this with an open perspective, I anticipate to focus on thinking through the value of two novel research lines. - I wish to focus on within-person ...
This PDM project has two objectives. The first goal is to clarify how Edmund Husserl sharply distinguished feelings, such as pain and pleasure, from emotions, such as love, joy, and fear, by drawing from the insights of his contemporaries. I hope to demonstrate that Husserl’s understanding of feelings was influenced by Carl Stumpf’s theory of feeling-sensations and that his definition of emotions was directly inspired by Franz Brentano’s ...
We examine the idea that emotion regulation goals cause and modulate attentional biases to emotional information. Based on this idea, we predict that what stimuli will be attended (e.g., positive or negative) and how attention might be deployed (i.e., towards or away) will depend on the emotion regulation goal at stake.
A Tale of Two Processes. The dynamic interplay between emotion and cognition when learning from texts. University of Antwerp
Pride as a political emotion. Taking pride and the politics of recognition beyond the confines of identity politics. University of Antwerp
Disentangling incidental from integral effects of negative emotion during conflict-driven adaptive control: a systematic exploration Ghent University
In this project, we seek to better understand modulatory effects exerted by negative emotion on cognitive control. To this aim, we propose to compare two classes of emotional effects (integral vs. incidental) on cognitive control using a standard methodology in cognitive psychology and psychophysiology. This research program could potentially elucidate under which conditions negative emotion impinges on cognitive control.
Getting through the storm and stress of adolescence: A closer look at adaptive emotion regulation in at-risk youth Ghent University
Adolescence is a turbulent period. One skill for helping youth in dealing with negative affect is adaptive emotion regulation (ER). First, we study the efficacy of ER strategies (ERS) in dealing with everyday stress. Second, we study the attentional and physiological changes underlying the effects of ERS using a computerized ER training for three ERS: distraction, cognitive reappraisal, and self-compassion.