Prof. Dr. Marie Vandekerckhove

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Department of Psychology
Pleinlaan 2
B - 1050 Brussel

Office: 3C215a
Phone : + 32-2-629 2529
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  • Masters in the Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences (DGO), University of Ghent, Belgium, 1995.

  • Doctoral thesis in Psychology (Dr. rer. Naturwissenschaften) (SCL): Physiological Psychology, University of Bielefeld, Germany, 2004.


  • Behavioural and Personality Disorders
  • BIO- II
  • BIO- III
  • BIO-IV :Capita Selecta in de klinische Neurosciences


Emotion, Emotion regulation, Mental and physical Health and Well being 

Emotion, Emotion regulation in the Recovery from Emotional stressful Experience, its impact on Sleep and Well being

One of the central goals of our research is to define a functional approach to the underlying mechanisms and functions of emotion processing and emotion regulation in healthy daily life and well being. The focus lies on both risk and resilience in processing negative events and on which processes make some individuals particularly vulnerable to negative life events, while others appear to be relatively resilient. In particular, this relates critically to emotion processing and regulation processes and corresponding top-down and bottom-up processing mechanisms, throughout the course of life within the recovery from an emotional arousing experience on mental and physical health and well being.


List of publications

Book: "Regulating Emotions: Culture, Social Necessity, and Biological Inheritance". 
Regulating Emotions: Culture, Social Necessity, and Biological Inheritance" brings together distinguished scholars from disciplines as diverse as psychology, sociology, anthropology, neuroscience, and psychotherapy to examine the science of regulating emotions. With thirteen original articles written by renowned experts in the field, this volume examines how social and cultural aspects of emotion regulation interact with regulatory processes on the biological and psychological level. Written in an accessible style, this volume will stimulate further theorizing and research across many disciplines and will be essential reading for students, researchers, and scholars in the field


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