Hormones and emotions

Chair(s): Michiko Sakaki (Tübingen), Mathias Weymar (Potsdam)

Presenter(s): Mathias Weymar (Potsdam), Jan Willem de Gee (Houston, Texas, USA), Ulrike Rimmele (Geneva, Switzerland), Leon Kroczek (Regensburg), Michiko Sakaki (Tübingen)

Decades of research have investigated how our emotion and arousal interact with cognition and behavior. Nevertheless, we still have many unanswered questions that span from basic underlying mechanisms to the effects of emotion in real-life social interactions. Recent technological and methodological advances have enabled us to tackle some of these questions with novel and multi-method approaches. This symposium will highlight such methodological advances in research on emotion, arousal and cognition. In five different talks, we will bring together different methods, covering the transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation, pupillometry, pharmacological manipulation, Virtual Reality, and machine learning in neuroimaging. Mathias Weymar will present research on the vagus nerve stimulation and discuss its effects on emotional memory. Jan Willem de Gee will present cross-species data with mice and humans, and discuss how similarly pupil-linked arousal affects decision making across different species. Ulrike Rimmele will present data on the effects of pharmacological cortisol manipulations on emotional episodic memory. Leon Kroczek will discuss how facial emotions of others alter our social behavior based on his data from Virtual Reality and a computer experiment. Finally, Michiko Sakaki will present machine-learning applications to resting-state fMRI data in understanding individual differences in emotional memory. By bringing those diverse perspectives together, this symposium will aim to provide an opportunity for lively discussions concerning their contributions to our understanding of how emotion and arousal affect human cognitive processing and behavior.