Vakgroep Psychologie, Gezondheid & Technologie

Title: The direct impact of a brief compassion exercise on emotion regulation and positive/negative affect



BA assignment:


2 students

Own data collection: YES 

Type of research: quantitative empirical   

EC: 15       




Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) is a relatively new form of therapy that is increasingly being used in both clinical and non-clinical populations. There is increasing evidence for the beneficial effects of CFT on both well-being and psychological complaints. Less is known about the working mechanisms of CFT. Although CFT is thought to improve emotion regulation through strengthening the ability to experience and tolerate positive / affiliative emotions when one is confronted with stress or adversity as well as through strengthening the ability to cope with unpleasant emotions, thus far there is only very little empirical evidence. This assignment is aimed at examining the direct influence of compassion on positive / negative affect and emotion regulation. In a cross-over experimental study, students will explore the direct effects of a brief compassion induction exercise on emotion regulation and positive / negative affect, compared to a neutral exercise.



Who are we looking for?

Students who are interested in compassion and have affinity with experimental research. It is important that the students master the Dutch language very well, because the exercise end questionnaires that will be used in the study are in Dutch. Each student will recruit 10 Dutch-speaking participants.




1st supervisor: Dr. Marion Sommers-Spijkerman

2nd supervisor: Dr. Mirjam Radstaak