My work examines emotion with a particular focus on the communication of emotions via non-verbal expressions. I study vocalisations like laughter, cries and sighs, and also facial expressions of emotions. I am interested in how factors such as culture, learning, and preparedness shape our emotions and the ways that they are communicated. My research makes use of a wide range of experimental psychological methods, including cross-cultural comparisons. I have a particular interest in positive emotions and distinctions between different positive affective states. You can find out more about my lab, the Amsterdam Interdisciplinary Centre for Emotion here.
I did my BSc in Psychology and Cognitive Science at University College London (2002), followed by a PhD in the same department (2006). Then I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, after which I received an ESRC fellowship, which I took up at Birkbeck College London. In 2008 I moved to the Netherlands to work as a staff researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, where I stayed until 2011. I then moved to the University of Amsterdam, where I held a Veni grant (2011-2016) from the Dutch Science Foundation. My current funding includes an ERC Starting Grant and several grants from the Dutch Science Foundation. I am Associate Professor in the Department of Social Psychology at UvA and associate editor of the journal Emotion Review.
I currently give courses at undergraduate and post-graduate level at the University of Amsterdam, including Introduction to Emotion Science for undergraduate Psychology students, and at the Research Master level, Current Debates in Emotion Science. I currently supervise PhD students YongQi Cong, Tiarah Engels, Roza Kamilogu, Kunalan Manokara, and Lisanne Pauw, and post-docs Rui Sun, Kobi Israelashvili, and Shahira Sharaf, as well as MSc students from the Social Psychology and Research Master programs.
Sauter, D.A. (2017). The nonverbal communication of positive emotions: An emotion family approach. Emotion Review, 9(3), 222-234.
Sauter, D., Le Guen, O., & Haun, D. B. M. (2011). Categorical perception of emotional expressions does not require lexical categories. Emotion, 11(6) , 1479-1483 .
Sauter, D., Eisner, F., Ekman, P., & Scott, S. K. (2010). Cross-cultural recognition of basic emotions through nonverbal emotional vocalizations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(6), 2408-2412.
Sauter, D. (2010). More than happy: The need for disentangling positive emotions. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 36-40.