Carien van Reekum, Ph.D.


My long-term research aim is to better understand the brain mechanisms involved in emotion elicitation and adaptive regulation of emotion, how emotion and emotion regulation change across the lifespan and how changes in the brain with advancing age may impact emotion reactivity and regulation. I also study affect-cognition interaction, that is, how emotion influences attention and subsequent processing of information, and how attentional focus influences emotion.

To address these aims, it is important to include a variety of methods, tools and expertise. In my research, I usually acquire measures of peripheral psychophysiology (e.g. heart rate, skin conductance, facial EMG), brain electrophysiology (EEG) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (functional and structural MRI) in addition to recording task performance and behaviour (e.g. eye tracking).

I am in the process of developing tasks and measurement techniques for a new project focused on emotion and ageing. If you are interested in helping me with this research, either as a participant or as a researcher, please feel free to contact me.

Contact information:

School of Psychology and CLS

University of Reading

Earley Gate, Whiteknights

P.O. Box 238

Reading RG6 6AL, UK

Ph.  +44 (0)118 378 5556

Fax +44 (0)118 378 6715

You can find me in Office 1S30, Psychology Building

Carien’s publications

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Former groups:

Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience


Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Geneva Emotion Research Group University of Geneva

Psychonomics Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam

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