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dr. D.A. (Disa) Sauter

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Social Psychology

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  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
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    Research interests

    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

    Biography

    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. 

    Teaching and supervision

    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. 

    Selected publications (see Publications section for full list)

    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. 

  • Publications

    2019

    • Fang, X., van Kleef, G. A., & Sauter, D. A. (2019). Revisiting Cultural Differences in Emotion Perception between Easterners and Westerners: Chinese Perceivers are Accurate, but See Additional Non-intended Emotions in Negative Facial Expressions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 82, 152-159. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2019.02.003 [details]
    • Keltner, D., Sauter, D. A., Tracy, J., & Cowen, A. (2019). Emotional Expression: Advances in Basic Emotion Theory. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 1-28. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10919-019-00293-3
    • Lähteenmäki, M., Kauramäki, J., Sauter, D. A., & Nummenmaa, L. (2019). Auditory affective processing requires awareness. Emotion, 19(1), 53-69. https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000388 [details]
    • Israelashvili, J., Oosterwijk, S., Sauter, D. A., & Fischer, A. H. (2019). Knowing me, knowing you: Emotion differentiation in oneself is associated with recognition of others’ emotions. Cognition & Emotion. DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2019.1577221
    • Cowen, A., Sauter, D. A., Tracy, J., & Keltner, D. (Accepted/In press). Mapping the Passions: Toward a High-Dimensional Taxonomy of Emotional Experience and Expression. Psychological Science in the Public Interest.
    • Keltner, D., Tracy, J., Sauter, D. A., & Cowen, A. (2019). What Basic Emotion Theory really says for the 21st century study of emotion. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10919-019-00298-y
    • Yoshi, M., & Sauter, D. A. (Accepted/In press). Cultural norms influence non-verbal emotion communication: Japanese vocalizations of socially disengaging emotions. Emotion.

    2018

    2017

    2016

    • Sachisthal, M. S. M., Sauter, D. A., & Fischer, A. H. (2016). Mimicry of ingroup and outgroup emotional expressions. Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology, 1(1-3), 86-105. DOI: 10.1080/23743603.2017.1298355 [details]
    • de Dreu, C. K. W., Kret, M. E., & Sauter, D. A. (2016). Assessing Emotional Vocalizations from Cultural In-Group and Out-Group Depends on Oxytocin. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(8), 837-846. [details]
    • Keltner, D., Tracy, J., Sauter, D. A., & Cordaro, D. C. (2016). Expression of emotion. In M. Lewis, J. M. Haviland-Jones, & L. Feldman Barrett (Eds.), Handbook of Emotion (pp. 467-482). New York: Guilford. [details]

    2015

    2014

    • Sauter, D. A. (2014). Comment: Evidence for basicness from noise-like interjections of emotions. Emotion Review, 6(1), 65-66. DOI: 10.1177/1754073913491843 [details]
    • Bayot, M., Pleyers, G., Kotsou, I., Lefèvre, N., Sauter, D. A., & Vermeulen, N. (2014). Joint effect of alexithymia and mood on the categorization of nonverbal emotional vocalizations. Psychiatry Research, 216(2), 242-247. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2013.12.007 [details]
    • Wilson, C. E., Happé, F., Wheelwright, S. J., Ecker, C., Lombardo, M. V., Johnston, P., ... Murphy, D. G. M. (2014). The neuropsychology of male adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome. Autism Research, 7(5), 568-581. DOI: 10.1002/aur.1394 [details]

    2013

    2012

    • Heaton, P., Reichenbacher, L., Sauter, D., Allen, R., Scott, S., & Hill, E. (2012). Measuring the effects of alexithymia on perception of emotional vocalizations in autistic spectrum disorder and typical development. Psychological Medicine, 42(11), 2453-2459. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291712000621 [details]
    • Rohrer, J. D., Sauter, D., Scott, S., Rossor, M. N., & Warren, J. D. (2012). Receptive prosody in nonfluent primary progressive aphasias. Cortex, 48(3), 308-316. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2010.09.004

    2011

    2010

    • Sauter, D. A. (2010). Addendum: Are positive vocalizations perceived as communicating happiness across cultural boundaries? Communicative & Integrative Biology, 3(5), 440-442. DOI: 10.4161/cib.3.5.12285
    • Sauter, D. A., & Eimer, M. (2010). Rapid detection of emotion from human vocalizations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(3), 474-481. DOI: 10.1162/jocn.2009.21215
    • Sauter, D. A., & Levinson, S. C. (2010). Comment: What's embodied in a smile? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33(6), 457-458. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X10001597
    • Sauter, D. A., Eisner, F., Calder, A. J., & Scott, S. K. (2010). Perceptual cues in nonverbal vocal expressions of emotion. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63(11), 2251-2272. DOI: 10.1080/17470211003721642
    • Sauter, D. A., 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 of the United States of America, 107(6), 2408-2412. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0908239106
    • Sauter, D. A., Eisner, F., Ekman, P., & Scott, S. K. (2010). Reply to Gewald: isolated Himba settlements still exist in Kaokoland. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(18), E76. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1002264107
    • Sauter, D. (2010). More than happy: the need for disentangling positive emotions. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19(1), 36-40. DOI: 10.1177/0963721409359290
    • Banissy, M. J., Sauter, D. A., Ward, J., Warren, J. E., Walsh, V., & Scott, S. K. (2010). Suppressing sensorimotor activity modulates the discrimination of auditory emotions but not speaker identity. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30(41), 13552-13557. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0786-10.2010

    2009

    • Eimer, M., Kiss, M., Press, C., & Sauter, D. (2009). The roles of feature-specific task set and bottom-up salience in attentional capture: an ERP study. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance, 35(5), 1316-1328. DOI: 10.1037/a0015872
    • Garrido, L., Eisner, F., McGettigan, C., Stewart, L., Sauter, D., Hanley, J. R., ... Duchaine, B. (2009). Developmental phonagnosia: a selective deficit of vocal identity recognition. Neuropsychologia, 47(1), 123-131. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.08.003
    • Simon-Thomas, E. R., Keltner, D. J., Sauter, D., Sinicropi-Yao, L., & Abramson, A. (2009). The voice conveys specific emotions: evidence from vocal burst displays. Emotion, 9(6), 838-846. DOI: 10.1037/a0017810

    2007

    • Sauter, D. A., & Scott, S. K. (2007). More than one kind of happiness: can we recognize vocal expressions of different positive states? Motivation and Emotion, 31(3), 192-199. DOI: 10.1007/s11031-007-9065-x

    2006

    • Warren, J. E., Sauter, D. A., Eisner, F., Wiland, J., Dresner, M. A., Wise, R. J. S., ... Scott, S. K. (2006). Positive emotions preferentially engage an auditory-motor "mirror" system. The Journal of Neuroscience, 26(50), 13067-13075. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3907-06.2006

    2014

    • Sauter, D. A., McDonald, N. M., Gangi, D. N., & Messinger, D. S. (2014). Nonverbal expressions of positive emotions. In M. M. Tugade, M. N. Shiota, & L. D. Kirby (Eds.), Handbook of positive emotions (pp. 179-198). New York: Guilford Press. [details]
    • Sauter, D. (Accepted/In press). A cross-disciplinary view on the acoustics of laughter. In J. Trouvain, & N. Campbell (Eds.), Phonetics of laughing Saarbrücken: Saarland University Press.

    2013

    • Sauter, D. A., & Eisner, F. (2013). Commonalities outweigh differences in the communication of emotions across human cultures. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(3), [E180]. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1209522110 [details]

    2011

    • Sauter, D. A. (2011). Looking for disgust in Yucatec Maya. Emotion Researcher, 26(3), 7-9. [details]

    2010

    • Sauter, D. A. (2010). Can introspection teach us anything about the perception of sounds? [Book review]. Perception, 39, 1300-1302.
    • Sauter, D. A. (2010). Non-verbal emotional vocalizations across cultures. In E. Zimmermann, & E. Altenmüller (Eds.), Evolution of emotional communication: From sounds in nonhuman mammals to speech and music in man (pp. 15). Hannover: University of Veterinary Medicine.
    • Scott, S. K., Sauter, D., & McGettigan, C. (2010). Brain mechanisms for processing perceived emotional vocalizations in humans. In S. M. Brudzynski (Ed.), Handbook of mammalian vocalization: an integrative neuroscience approach (pp. 187-197). (Handbook of behavioral neuroscience; No. 19). London: Academic Press. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-374593-4.00019-X

    2009

    • Sauter, D. A., Eisner, F., Ekman, P., & Scott, S. K. (2009). Universal vocal signals of emotion. In N. Taatgen, & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2251-2255). Amsterdam: Cognitive Science Society.

    2008

    • Sauter, D. A., Eisner, F., Rosen, S., & Scott, S. K. (2008). The role of source and filter cues in emotion recognition in speech. In Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (Vol. 123, pp. 3739-3740)
    • Robotham, L., Trinkler, I., & Sauter, D. A. (2008). The power of positives: Evidence for an overall emotional recognition deficit in Huntington's disease. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 79, A12.

    2007

    • Omar, R., Henley, S. M., Hailstone, J. C., Sauter, D., Scott, S. K., Fox, N. C., ... Warren, J. D. (2007). Recognition of emotions in faces, voices and music in frontotemporal lobar regeneration. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 78(9), 1014.

    2006

    • Scott, S. K., & Sauter, D. A. (2006). Non-verbal expressions of emotion - acoustics, valence, and cross cultural factors. In R. Hoffmann, & H. Mixdorff (Eds.), Speech Prosody : 3rd international conference, Dresden, May 2-5, 2006: abstract book and CD-ROM proceedings (Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation; Vol. 40). Dresden: TUDpress.

    2005

    • Sauter, D. A., Wiland, J., Warren, J., Eisner, F., Calder, A., & Scott, S. K. (2005). Sounds of joy: An investigation of vocal expressions of positive emotions. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 61(Suppl.), B99.

    2004

    • Sauter, D. A., Scott, S. K., & Calder, A. (2004). Categorisation of vocally expressed positive emotion: A first step towards basic positive emotions? Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, 12, 111.
    • Fradera, A., & Sauter, D. (2004). Make yourself happy. In T. Stafford, & M. Webb (Eds.), Mind hacks: tips & tools for using your brain (pp. 325-327). Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly.
    • Fradera, A., & Sauter, D. (2004). Reminisce hot and cold. In M. Webb, & T. Stafford (Eds.), Mind hacks: tips & tools for using your brain (pp. 327-331). Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly.
    • Fradera, A., & Sauter, D. (2004). Signal emotion. In T. Stafford, & M. Webb (Eds.), Mind hacks: tips & tools for using your brain (pp. 320-324). Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly.
    • Scott, S. K., & Sauter, D. A. (2004). Vocal expressions of emotion and positive and negative basic emotions. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, 12, 156.

    2016

    • Fang, X., van Kleef, G. A., & Sauter, D. A. (2016). Unmasking smiles across cultures: 2016 April 15-16, EASP Medium Size Meeting “Promoting a Social Approach to Emotions”.

    2015

    • Sauter, D. (2015). Nonverbal vocalisations are basic human expressions of emotion. 7. Abstract from 4th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and other nonverbal vocalisations in speech, .

    2010

    • Sauter, D. A., Crasborn, O., & Haun, D. B. M. (2010). The role of perceptual learning in emotional vocalizations. 39. Paper presented at Third European conference on Emotion 2010 Proceedings, .

    2016

    • Fang, X., van Kleef, G. A., & Sauter, D. A. Mixed Emotions: The Specificity of Emotion Perception from Static and Dynamic Facial Expressions across Cultures: 2016 July 6-7, CERE Emotion conference symposium organizer

    Award

    • Sauter, D. A. (2018). Swiss National Science Foundation Scientific Exchange research visit grant 2019.
    • Sauter, D. A. (2017). European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant 2016-2021.
    • Sauter, D. A. (2015). Research Talent grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), 2015-2017. Value E 219,170.
    • Sauter, D. A. (2013). Open Access publication grant.

    Journal editor

    • Sauter, D. A. (editor) (2018-). Emotion Review (Journal).
    • Sauter, D. A. (editor) (2018-). Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science (Journal).
    • Sauter, D. A. (reviewer) (2017). Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science (Journal).
    • Sauter, D. A. (reviewer) (2017). Emotion Review (Journal).
    • Sauter, D. A. (editor) (2015). Emotion (Journal).
    • Sauter, D. A. (editor) (2015). Emotion Review (Journal).
    • Sauter, D. A. (reviewer) (2014-2017). Emotion Review (Journal).
    • Sauter, D. A. (reviewer) (2013-2017). Emotion (Journal).

    Talk / presentation

    • Sauter, D. A. (speaker) (7-12-2018). Symposium on Voice Research, Institut de Recherche et Coordination en Acoustique/Musique [IRCAM], Paris, France.
    • Sauter, D. A. (speaker) (11-2018). Department of Psychology Department, Royal Holloway University of London.
    • Sauter, D. A. (speaker) (11-2018). Talk at funded symposium on The Sound of Emotion, 176th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America [ASA] , Victoria BC, Canada.
    • Sauter, D. A. (speaker) (9-7-2018). Talk at the ABC Evolution of Emotion workshop, ABC workshop: The evolution of emotions.
    • Sauter, D. A. (speaker) (5-7-2018). Presentation on The evolution of vocal production and perception, 30th annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Sauter, D. A. (speaker) (4-2018). Presentation at Consortium of European Research on Emotion conference, 7th Conference of The Consortium of European Research on Emotion (CERE), Glasgow, United Kingdom.
    • Sauter, D. A. (speaker) (3-2018). Posterpresentation at the 2018 Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2018 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention, Atlanta, United States.
    • Sauter, D. A. (speaker) (3-2018). Talk at the Emotion pre-conference, 2018 SPSP Convention Happiness & Well-being, Atlanta, United States.
    • Sauter, D. A. (speaker) (11-1-2018). Talk at the Interdisciplinary symposium on What can the social sciences learn from design research?, What can the social sciences learn from design research?, Delft, Netherlands.
    • Sauter, D. A. (speaker) (14-12-2017). Humor and Laughter: Research and Applications, ASPO conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Sauter, D. A. (speaker) (17-10-2017). Culture and Emotion group seminar, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA.
    • Sauter, D. A. (speaker) (14-10-2017). Children's Perception of Nonverbal Emotional Expressions, Cognitive Development Society Annual Meeting , Portland, United States.
    • Sauter, D. A. (speaker) (28-7-2017). Emotional Expressions and Language Evolution, International Society for Research into Emotions, St Louis Missouri, United States.
    • Fang, X. (speaker), van Kleef, G. A. (speaker) & Sauter, D. A. (speaker) (15-4-2016). Unmasking smiles across cultures, EASP Medium Size Meeting "Promoting a Social Approach to Emotions".
    • Sauter, D. A. (invited speaker) (14-4-2015). Keynote lecture, 4th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and other non-verbal vocalisations in Speech., Universiteit of Twente, Enschede.

    Others

    • Sauter, D. A. (participant) (27-9-2018). Crossing Border Festival, UvA Department of Psychology, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Member of organising committee (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sauter, D. A. (participant) & Ploeger, A. (participant) (9-7-2018). ABC workshop: The evolution of emotions. Organiser (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sauter, D. A. (participant) (4-2018). Biennial Kurt-Lewin-Institute (KLI) conference, Zeist, Netherlands. thematic session on Interpersonal communication (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sauter, D. A. (participant), Fischer, A. H. (participant) & Feddes, A. R. (participant) (18-11-2017). Zwarte Markt voor de Kennis, Universiteit van Amsterdam (other).
    • Sauter, D. A. (organiser) (11-12-2015 - 12-12-2015). ASPO Conference, Amsterdam. ASPO (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fischer, A. H. (organiser) & Sauter, D. A. (organiser) (9-7-2015). International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), Geneva. Organizers of symposium 'The use, application and measurement of emotion knowledge: interdisciplinary perspectives'. (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sauter, D. A. (organiser) & Fischer, A. H. (organiser) (8-7-2015 - 10-7-2015). Symposium at International Society for Research on Emotion conference, Geneva. Organizers of the symposium on The use, application and measurement of emotion knowledge. (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Fischer, A. H. (organiser) & Sauter, D. A. (organiser) (12-3-2015). International Conference of Psychology (ICP), Amsterdam. How do we recognize emotions and what is it good for? New directions in Emotion Recognition Research. (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

    2018

    • Fang, X. (2018). Perceiving and producing facial expressions of emotion: The role of dynamic expressions and culture [details]
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