Emotion and Emotion Regulation

Much or our work is related to uncovering the antecedents and consequences of emotion regulation viewed from the point of view of habitual use, incidental use or ability. In gene candidate studies, we focus on functional genetic polymorphisms that may contribute to individual differences in emotion regulation or moderate its effects on emotional symptoms. Using functional neuroimaging and psychophysiological approaches, we study the relation between emotion regulation, brain prefrontal activity and heart rate variability. By comparing emotion regulation strategies, our studies also investigate emotion regulation as a key moderator in the interplay between emotions and cognitive processes such as decision making, attention or memory.


Miu, A. C., Cărnuţă, M., Vulturar, R., Szekely-Copîndean, R. D., Bîlc, M. I., Chiş, A., Cioară, M., Fernandez, K. C., Szentágotai-Tătar, A., & Gross, J. J. (2017). BDNFVal66Met polymorphism moderates the link between child maltreatment and reappraisal ability. Genes, Brain and Behavior 16(4), 419-426.

Szentágotai-Tătar, A, & Miu, A. C. (2016). Individual Differences in Emotion Regulation, Childhood Trauma and Proneness to Shame and Guilt in Adolescence. PLoS ONE 12(1): e0171151.

Szentágotai-Tătar, A., Chiș, A., Vulturar, R., Dobrean, A., Cândea, D., & Miu, A. C. (2015). Shame and Guilt-Proneness in Adolescents: Gene-Environment Interactions. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0134716.

Szekely, R., & Miu, A. C. (2015). Incidental emotions in moral dilemmas: The influence of emotion regulation. Cognition & Emotion 29(1), 64-75.

Miu, A. C., Vulturar, R., Chiș, A., Ungureanu, L., & Gross, J. J. (2013). Reappraisal as a mediator in the link between 5-HTTLPR and social anxiety symptoms. Emotion 13, 1012-1022.