Effectiveness of experiential emotion regulation versus cognitive reappraisal in the processing of emotional events.

Project Details


Despite the huge amount of evidence in favor of cognitive reappraisal [1], currently, evidence showed that this effectiveness is not always guaranteed. It appears not only to depend on individual differences but also on contextual variables such as the way emotion is generated, being less effective in bottom up visually generated emotions [2]. More empirical insight is thus desirable into the effectiveness of complementary ER approaches such as experiential ER in the recovery from bottom up generated emotional painful events. Therefore, in collaboration with James Gross of Stanford University, who is the pioneer in the research on cognitive reappraisal, this program aims
to increase the understanding of the effectiveness of experiential ER relative to cognitive reappraisal. Rooted in experiential therapy, central to the experiential approach is firstly the facilitation of the in-depth exploration of the bodily felt affective experience (‘experiential awareness’) and secondly the verbal expression (‘experiential expression’) of it.
Effective start/end date1/01/1831/12/21


  • Emotions
  • Cognitive Control

Flemish discipline codes

  • Cognitive and perceptual development