500851 :Emoties: Wetenschappelijke en klinische aspecten
(Emotions: Scientific and Clinical Aspects (Dutch Program))

General info

Instruction language Dutch
Type of Instruction 14 lectures and 4 practicals (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams written exam (Examination schedule)
Level:Bachelor
Course load:6 ECTS credits
Registration:Enroll via COMAP.
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Lecturer(s)


dr. I. Nyklicek (Coördinator)

prof. dr. A.J.J.M. Vingerhoets
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Various guest lecturers


Objectives

The aim of the course is twofold. First we aim to provide insight into the major theories on emotion and the state of the art regarding scientific studies on emotion. Second, we aim to show how emotions and (dysfunctional) emotion regulation is dealt with in clinical practice.

Learning goals:
1. The student can discriminate the various psychological theories of emotion and compare them regarding their: (i) focus, (ii) approach, (iii) view on the origins and functions of emotions, and (iv) applicability on the theory and treatment of various forms of psychopathology.
2. The student is able to evaluate the role of emotions in adaptatability from the perspective of evolutionary psychological and cultural psychological theories and compare their views on this matter.
3. The student can describe the evolutionary background, developmental aspects, and functions of communication of emotions, including crying, and indicate its relavance for healthy personal and social functioning.
4. The student can evaluate the role of emotions and underlying (neuro)physiological processes in various social contexts, including intimate relationships. Additionally, the student is able to relate these emotions to various forms of relational problems (e.g., jealousy, stalking).
5. The student is able to relate individual difference in emotion recognition, emotion expression, and emotion regulation to person characteristics, such as personality, temperament, and emotional intelligence, as well as to psychological well-being and psychopathology.
6. The student is able to evaluate cognitive appraisal and various forms of emotion regulation with regard to adaptive behaviour and psychological well-being.
7. The student is able to explain in which ways psychological interventions (cognitive behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy, mindfulness-based treatments, etc.) are applicable to emotional problems and in what ways these interventions differ regarding their approach to emotion regulation.
8. The last learning goal is dependent in the preference of the student, choosing one of two practicals (see below): (i) being able to apply mindfulness techniques on oneself and reflect on one's experience also related to the theory, or (ii) being able to search, study, and present a scientific article describing the state of the art with respect to one specific emotion (e.g., anger, jealousy, revenche, pride, etc.).


Contents

First, different theoretical approaches of emotions will be discussed, including the evolutionary, social, cognitive, developmental, and psychophysiological approaches. These various approaches are concerned with the origins and functions of phenomena such as emotion recognition, emotion expression, and emotion regulation, both in adaptively functioning and less adaptively functioning individuals. The state of the art of scientific research in these areas will be discussed.

Further, several counselors that work in the clinical field will give guest lectures in which the focus is on how emotions and (dysfunctional) emotion regulation is being dealt with in clinical practice. For example, there will be lectures on approaches from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Occasionaly, clients from the mental health services will be present to talk about how they experienced the treatment.

Finally, students will choose one of two smaller practical sessions to deepen their knowledge and/or experience in either:
i) learning to apply mindfulness techniques on oneself. A number of fundamental mindfulness techniques will be practiced (also at home), experiences regarding the effects on thinking, emotion, and emotion regulation will be shared and reflected upon, also related to theory (supervision by dr. I. Nyklicek), or
ii) learning to search, study and present a recent article on the state of the art of research with respect to one specific emotion (e.g., anger, joy, pride, jealousy, etc.). In addition, a setup for a future study in the field will be designed (research question, study methods, and expected results) and presented (supervision by prof. dr. A. Vingerhoets).


Compulsory Reading

  1. Keltner, D., Oatley, K., & Jenkins, J.M., Understanding emotions (3rd Edition), Wiley, 2013-2014, ISBN 978-1-118-14743-6.
  2. Besides the book, a number of additional compulsory texts will be published on Blackboard


Compulsory for

  • Major Clinical Psychology (Dutch Program) ( 2016, 2017 )
  • Minor Clinical Psychology (Dutch Program) ( 2016, 2017 )


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(24-jul-2017)