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Olivier Luminet is a professor of psychology at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium and senior research associate at the Belgian national fund for scientific research. His research interests include the moderation of personality factors (alexithymia, emotional competence) in the link between emotional reactions and health indicators. He also works on the links between emotion and memory, both at an individual and at a collective level.

Keywords: Alexithymia; emotional regulation; Emotional competencies;
Flashbulb memories; Collective memory; Health issues
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Nicolas Vermeulen is currently working in the fields of cognitive science, attentional processes, embodied knowledge, emotions and individual differences like alexithymia or affective states. More specifically, one of his projects is to test whether embodied cognition of emotional information is involved during emotional regulation.  As a mean to examine this question, he tests how alexithymia influences the processing of emotional information. He is also interested in perceptual-conceptual interactions.

 Keywords: Embodiment; Attention; Alexithymia


Her research examines two broad areas: 1) Cognitive and emotional processes in disordered eating:  bidirectional relationship between high-level brain functions and the regulation of homeostasis with particular emphasis on obesity and anorexia. 2) The developing brain: neurobehavioural outcomes of prematurity. 



         Delphine Grynberg

Delphine Grynberg is interested in the impact of emotional competences in the interpersonal domain. She  aims to assess if people who present difficulties in identifying their own emotions also present difficulties in identifying the emotions of others, as expressed by heir Eye Gazes or their Facial Expressions. She also aims to assess if those people also have: Difficulty in adopting the perspective of others or difficulty to not be overwhelmed from the distress expressed by another person.

Keywords: Empathy; Alexithymia; Distress; Emotion; Attention

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Magali Lahaye works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Université catholique de Louvain. Her research project mainly concerns the impact of cognitive and emotional processes on the quality of life and on the adaptation to illness of children with a chronic illness. In 2011, she completed her PhD entitled “Emotional competence and quality of life in pediatric asthma: direct and indirect effects”. In the same time, she works as a psychotherapist for children and adolescents at the Psychology Consulting Service for Emotional Disorders at the Université catholique de Louvain.

Keywords: Health; Asthma; Emotional Competences; Children; Chronic Illness


Charles Stone’s research primarily focuses on the social aspects of memory. In particular, how social interactions help shape and reshape both autobiographical and collective memories. His current research examines how different forms of rehearsal (from individual to social) influence the confidence judgments individuals make about their own autobiographical memories; the mnemonic consequences of the incoming Belgian Prime Minister’s inaugural speech and whether the social identification of the Belgian public might moderate these consequences; and how World War II memories are learned and reinforced across generations in French-speaking and Dutch-speaking Belgian families.

Keywords: Autobiographical memory, confidence, collective memory, forgetting, silence

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Hormones and behavior : This project examines the role the oxytocin  might have on our every day’s conduct. Do we feel guiltier after a bad action? Do we bond more easily with strangers? How far can we go for this bonding? Are we readier to share our feelings? To answer these questions, we will experimentally increase the level of oxytocin in our subjects (intranasal administration). Doing so, we will attempt to determine how this hormone interacts with our social and emotional life and how it guides our behavior.

Keywords: Homones, oxytocin, social behavior, emotions

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Fanny Weytens

Her research interests center on positive emotions regulation and its impact on physical and mental health, social relationships and work performance. Despite the fact that previous research has shown the highly adaptive function of positive emotion for individuals, interventions to learn how to regulate them remain quite rare. To fill this gap, she is currently designing an integrative intervention program that gathers scientifically validated techniques and tools that enable individual to generate, prolong or intensify positive emotions.  

Keywords: Positive Emotions; Positive Psychology;  Happiness and Well Being.

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Marie Bayot

One of the most predominant activities we perform in our daily lives, as social beings, is communication, in which emotions seem a crucial component. Although cross-modal processing of emotions (i.e., the simultaneous processing of affective stimuli coming from at least two different sensory channels) is a highly common human process, still very little is known about where it comes from, what it serves and what it depends on. The goal of her research project is to investigate the particular cognitive processes involved in cross-modal binding of emotions. Some instances of the stimuli she employs can be found  here.

Anne Weisgerber

Anne Weisgerber obtained her Master’s degree in psychological sciences in 2012, from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL). Her Master’s thesis centered on the influence of music and alexithymia on the cognitive processing of emotional words and faces. She is currently undertaking a PhD (FSR, Fond Spécial de Recherche - UCL) under the supervision of Nicolas Vermeulen. Strongly interested in music and its effects on individuals, her research project focus on the moderating impact of music on emotional competencies. Sounds examples of her research can be found here.