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EASP Symposium on Putting Emotions in Context

EASP Symposium on Putting Emotions in Context

I will present in a symposium at the upcoming European Association for Social Psychology conference in Granada, Spain in July 2017.


Context both produces emotion and shapes emotion: how it is expressed, regulated, and perceived. However, in practice, research often examines emotion processes without considering the important contextual factors that shape them, missing nuance that is vital to a deeper understanding of these phenomena. This symposium showcases emerging research demonstrating how context fundamentally shapes the way people express and regulate their emotions, and the personal and social outcomes of these processes. We begin by exploring the role that context plays in perceptions of emotion expression. Manstead demonstrates that context influences how trustworthy people appear when they express regret or pride. Van Kleef presents evidence that context influences how persuasive people are when they express happiness or sadness. Greenaway explores how context influences social ratings of people who express and suppress positive emotion. Widening the field to consider emotion regulation, Netzer demonstrates how context guides people’s attempts to regulate the emotions of others. Finally, Kalokerinos outlines how context shapes the emotion regulation strategies people use in daily life. Taken together, the talks reveal that the personal and social effects of emotion expression and regulation are not fixed, but are highly malleable; shaped and changed by key contextual factors. These findings show the role played by contexts across diverse domains, including economic decision-making, attitude change, social relationships, conflict resolution, and well-being.

1. Social context moderates the impact of emotional expressions in mixed-motive games   

Tony Manstead, Cardiff University

2. Contextual Influences on Emotional Persuasion: The Roles of Message Framing, Emotion Relevance, and Information Processing

Gerben van Kleef, University of Amsterdam

3. Exploring the contexts in which expressing positive emotion has social costs

Katharine Greenaway, University of Queensland

4. Toying with the Enemy’s Emotions: The Social Factors that Moderate Motivated Intergroup Emotion Regulation

Liat Netzer, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

5. Mapping the role of context in emotion regulation choice and effectiveness

Elise Kalokerinos, KU Leuven

EASP Symposium on Applying the Social Cure

EASP Symposium on Applying the Social Cure

I will chair a symposium at the upcoming European Association for Social Psychology conference in Granada, Spain in July 2017.


An impressive body of work now shows that strong social connections—and the social identities they afford—have significant health and well-being benefits. Yet practitioners and policy makers are often at a loss for how to translate this research into effective interventions designed to leverage shared identity. This symposium presents five applications of these research findings in significant populations, and interventions built around their conclusions. Haslam introduces a social intervention designed for use in vulnerable populations, Groups 4 Health, that leads to significant improvement in mental health and loneliness at program completion and 6-months later. Bentley discusses the results of a sister intervention designed for application in the educational domain, Groups 4 Education, that leads to greater empowerment and intentions to continue studying among university students. Working with Public Health England, Ntontis presents the results of field research with community residents affected by flooding, finding that shared identities can be the basis of mobilizing social support, contributing to community resilience. Tarrant discusses the results of a group-based intervention designed to increase shared identity among patients experiencing aphasia after a stroke. Finally, Steffens presents a leadership development intervention, the 5R Program, that builds group-based organisational capacity and enhances employees’ well-being. Together, the talks introduce promising interventions with the potential to improve social and health outcomes in a diverse range of domains, from mental health treatment to emergency response, stroke recovery, and educational and organisational support.


1. Groups 4 Health: An intervention to increase social connectedness in clinical samples  

Cath Haslam, University of Queensland

2. Groups 4 Education: An intervention to increase social connectedness in academic samples

Sarah Bentley, University of Queensland

3. Developing community resilience through social identities

Evangelos Ntontis, University of Sussex

4. Development and evaluation of a group-based singing intervention in new patient groups

Mark Tarrant, University of Exeter

5. The 5R Program: A leadership intervention to promote engagement and health in organizations

Niklas Steffens, University of Queensland