The Psychology of Emotion Regulation: From Basic Principles to Clinical Applications


Course Objective

a. Acquire knowledge of and insight into modern theories of, and
research on, emotion regulation.
b. Learn to generate and discuss new questions that may advance
emotion regulation research.
c. Learn to develop a proposal for original theory-driven empirical
in the area of emotion regulation.
d. Learn how to apply insights from emotion regulation research to
address clinical problems.
e. Develop oral and written presentation skills to communicate
effectively within the scientific forum.

Course Content

Unwanted emotions are implicated in virtually all forms of
psychopathology throughout the lifespan. It is therefore vital for
clinical and developmental psychologists to understand what causes
people to fail or succeed at emotion regulation, and how people can be
taught to regulate their emotions more effectively.

Over the past twenty years, research on emotion regulation has developed
into a vibrant and productive scientific discipline. The sheer volume of
emotion regulation research is overwhelming, with more than 18,000
articles appearing annually on this topic. Furthermore, the study of
emotion regulation is inherently interdisciplinary, and involves vital
contributions from developmental psychology, clinical psychology, social
and personality psychology, psychophysiology and social-cognitive and
affective neuroscience.

In this course, we want to help students to get a grasp of the large and
complex literature on the science of emotion regulation. In the first
part of the course, we address basic issues in emotion regulation
theory, including its development across the lifespan, biological
foundations, emotion regulation strategies, implicit emotion regulation
and social emotion regulation. During the second part of the course, we
relate emotion regulation processes to psychopathology and consider the
role of emotion regulation in psychotherapy. Finally, in the third part
of the course, we consider specific clinical applications of emotion
regulation research, covering such topics as anger management,
restorative environments, and language as an emotion regulation tool.

Teaching Methods

The format of this course is highly interactive, and includes the
following activities:

- Thought questions: For each class, the students will formulate one or
more thought questions based on the required readings for that day. This
ensures that everyone has thought actively about the readings. During
the class, these questions will provide the basis a discussion and
- Article presentation: Each student will prepare a presentation on a
selected article in the area of emotion regulation. The goal of this
presentation is to provide a more in-depth examination of emotion
regulation research and its major findings.
- Research proposal: At the end of the course, each student will write
an innovative research proposal on a topic that is relevant to emotion
regulation science. This proposal will receive extensive feedback from
the other students and the lecturere,

Method of Assessment

Thought questions (handed in before each class), oral presentations (one
per student for the whole course), and written research proposal.


Selected readings. The selection will be announced two weeks before the
start of the course, so that we can include the very latest work in the
area. Students who wish to get a sense of the contents of the course may
pick up the following paper: Koole, S. L., & Aldao, A. (2016). The
self-regulation of emotion: Theoretical and empirical advances. In K. D.
Vohs & R. F. Baumeister (Eds.), Handbook of self-regulation (3rd
edition, pp. 101-112). New York: Guilford. This article can be
downloaded for free via this link:
(you have to join ResearchGate for the download).

Target Audience

This course is an elective course within the Research Master Clinical
and Developmental Psychology. However, emotion reguation is a major
topic in many other areas, including social and personality psychology
and cognitive neuroscience. The course is hence open to all
research masters students. PhD students may enlist after consultation
the coordinator.

Additional Information

This course is taught every two years. It will be taught in 2018-19.
But it won't be taught in 2019-2020.

There is a limited capacity for this course.

Explanation Canvas

This course is about the new science of emotion regulation, which
studies why people fail or succeed at managing their emotions, and how
people can be taught to control their emotions more effectively. This
elective course uses a highly interactive format that invites active
participation and discussion. It is open to all research masters

Recommended background knowledge

Because the course builds on a basic understanding of psychopathology
and its developmental origins, background knowledge in clinical and
development psychology is recommended. However, this background is not
strictly compulsory.

General Information

Course Code P_MPEMREG
Credits 6 EC
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. S.L. Koole
Examiner prof. dr. S.L. Koole
Teaching Staff prof. dr. S.L. Koole

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Seminar