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Project Title
"The dyadic nature of emotion regulation"

University of Amsterdam - Social Psychology

PhD Student
Lisanne Pauw

Prof. dr. Agneta Fischer (University of Amsterdam)
Dr. Disa Sauter (University of Amsterdam)
Prof. dr. Gerben van Kleef (University of Amsterdam)

1 September 2014 - 1 September 2018

NWO - Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research


This is part of a larger Open Research Area Grant (with Oxford, Cardiff and Playa Vista, CA).  In this program we will study emotion regulation in direct face-to-face interactions. Success in interpersonal relationships (either in intimate or formal settings) can hinge on motives for emotion regulation, expectancies of the person regulating their emotions, and whether the regulation is detected or misinterpreted by perceivers, and what is inferred from this.  Our proposed studies investigate this in interdependent contexts where support is or is not required, for example when a sender has to deliver upsetting information to a receiver (e.g., a doctor giving a patient bad news or an employee reporting failure to a supervisor). The guiding idea is that these communication contexts bring different consequences for receivers depending on senders’ emotion presentations, and the extent to which receivers perceive these presentations as regulated. We argue that receivers draw appraisal inferences not only on the basis of the perceived nature of senders’ emotions but also from its apparent degree of regulation and the perceived motives behind regulation.

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