Suzanne Oosterwijk

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Scientists have traditionally assumed that different kinds of mental states (e.g., fear, disgust, love, memory, planning, concentration, etc.) correspond to different psychological faculties that have domain-specific correlates in the brain. Yet, growing evidence points to the constructionist hypothesis that mental states emerge from the combination of(More)
Mental states-such as thinking, remembering, or feeling angry, happy, or dizzy-have a clear internal component. We feel a certain way when we are in these states. These internal experiences may be simulated when people understand conceptual references to mental states. However, mental states can also be described from an "external" perspective, for example(More)
Many scientific models of emotion assume that emotion categories are natural kinds that carve nature at its joints. These beliefs remain strong, despite the fact that the empirical record on the issue has remained equivocal for over a century. In this research, the authors examined one reason for this situation: People essentialize emotion categories by(More)
According to embodied cognition theories, concepts are contextually situated and grounded in neural systems that produce experiential states. This view predicts that processing mental state concepts recruits neural regions associated with different aspects of experience depending on the context in which people understand a concept. This neuroimaging study(More)
Negative stimuli do not only evoke fear or disgust, but can also evoke a state of 'morbid fascination' which is an urge to approach and explore a negative stimulus. In the present neuroimaging study, we applied an innovative method to investigate the neural systems involved in typical and atypical conceptualizations of negative images. Participants received(More)
Nearly all staff are full members of the Kurt Lewin Institute (KLI), the inter-university research school for social psychology and its applications. The heart of our research program concerns three research domains: social cognition, with special emphasis on social judgment, attitudinal, and decision-making processes, automatic processes, and language;(More)
Nearly all staff are full members of the Kurt Lewin Institute (KLI), the inter-university research school for Social Psychology and its Applications. The heart of our research program concerns three research domains: social cognition, with special emphasis on social judgment, attitudinal, and decision-making processes, automatic processes, and language;(More)
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