Professor at Leiden University


Postdoc and PhD position available at CoPAN, Cognitive Psychology Unit, Leiden University

Thanks to an NWO VIDI grant entitled ‘Trust and distrust through emotional mimicry. Implications for autism spectrum disorder and social anxiety disorder‘ I have two positions available in my lab. Read more about the vacancies and apply via the links below.   Postdoc vacancy:   PhD vacancy:  … Read more »

Pupil mimicry: a bonding mechanism

Eliska: “Did your mother ever ask: “Did you steal a cookie? Look at me!” – and you had to look away. Eyes are important social signals. Eye contact increases with familiarity and liking and seems to promote trust. What underlies this trust-enhancing effect of eye contact?”   Humans often make inferences about someone else’s mental state: what the other person… Read more »

Trust me: look into my pupils

People often mimic each other’s facial expressions or postures without even knowing it, but in this new study, co-author Carsten de Dreu and I show that they also mimic the size of each other’s pupils, which can lead to increased trust. The findings reveal that participants who mimicked the dilated pupils of a partner were more likely to trust that… Read more »

EASP and KNAW fund my research on clinical applications regarding pupil mimicry

During close interactions, humans look into one another’s eyes, follow gaze, and quickly grasp emotion signals. The eye-catching morphology of human eyes, with unique eye whites, draws attention to the middle part, to the pupils, and their autonomic changes, which signal arousal, cognitive load, and social interest. Recently, an intriguing phenomenon has been discovered: humans tend to synchronize their pupil-size… Read more »

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