December 1-2, 2016: Emotion regulation
EPP Symposium

People do not just passively experience emotions, but rather actively respond to them. Emotion regulation refers to the conscious or unconscious processes or strategies by which individuals influence which emotions they have, when they have them, and how they experience and express these emotions. Several emotion regulation strategies have been shown to be risk factors for or protective factors against psychopathology. Indeed, the majority of psychological disorders is characterized by or even defined in terms of emotional problems or emotion regulation anomalies. Given its pivotal role in psychopathology, emotion regulation is a key target for psychotherapeutical interventions and thus a central research topic in EPP.

This two-day symposium brings together national and international experts to discuss both the theoretical and applied implications of dysfunctional emotion regulation in the etiology and maintenance of a wide variety of psychopathological problems (e.g., PTSD, depression, addiction, fear and anxiety, eating disorders, etc.). In addition, speakers will also focus on therapeutic interventions aiming to alleviate deficits in emotion regulation.

December 1-2, 2016

Kapellerput, Heeze, The Netherlands


Ann Meulders (KU Leuven), Bram van Bockstaele (UvA), Marie-Anne Vanderhasselt (UGent)


December 1
10:30 – 11:00 Welcome + Coffee & Tea
11:00 – 12:30 Agnes Moors – Emotion and regulation: Nuts and bolts
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Julian Thayer – A neurovisceral integration perspective on emotion regulation
14:30 – 14:45 Short break – Coffee & Tea
14:45 – 15:45 Karin Roelofs – Neuroendocrine regulation of emotional action
15:45 – 16:00 Short break – Coffee & Tea
16:00 – 16:15 Practical assignment
16:15 – 17:15 Meet the expert
17:15 – 19:00 Drinks
19:00 Dinner
December 2  
09:00 – 10:00 Gal Sheppes – Emotion regulation: Transcending actual implementation
10:00 – 11:00 Rudi De Raedt – The neural bases of emotion regulation: what can we learn from it for the treatment of depression?
11:00 – 11:15 Short break – Coffee & Tea
11:15 – 12:15 Sander Koole – The psychology of implicit emotion regulation
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:15 PhD Presentations

1.      Selene Nasso (UGent): Proactive emotion regulation: A matter of expectation? A physiological study

2.      Lonneke Lenferink (RUG): Correlates and treatment of psychological symptoms following the long-term disappearance of a loved one

14:15 – 15:30 Practical assignment, group discussion, closing

Impressions of the Symposium


Guest speakers:

Agnes Moors, Julian Thayer, Karin Roelofs & Gal Sheppes