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Emotion meets action


Given the etymological roots of the word emotion (“move”, “stir up”), it is odd to see how negligible the role of action is in current approaches to human emotion. This summer school will examine the various ways in which emotion and action can be related by bringing together leading experts in the disciplines of the psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy of emotion and the psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy of action.  

Questions include the role that action plays in emotion theories and the role that emotion plays in action theories.  Once the foundation is laid, we focus on specific research topics for which there is already substantial overlap in the various disciplines including goal relevance, goal-directed action, expectancy, novelty, prediction error, control, (sense of) agency, effort, action tendencies, and affordances. To take integration among the various disciplines one step further, experts and students will actively try to build models that integrate insights from both emotion research and action research, and in this way push future research toward new, unexplored avenues. The summer school also addresses overlap between emotion and action in fiction and music, and examines the role of emotions as reasons for action and decision making.

This summer school proposes to bring together and integrate the multiple and complementary ways of investigating the relations between emotion and action by presenting fundamental theories, major research paradigms, cutting-edge methodologies and significant results from different disciplines. In addition, hands-on workshops will be conducted on research methodologies in the study of emotion and action from the vantage point of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. Students will be given the opportunity to put their freshly acquired knowledge to use by working din small groups, a process that will result in the production and presentation of an interdisciplinary research project.

International Summer School in Affective Sciences 2014 - Program

ISSAS 2014

Emotion Meets Action

  DAY 0 = Sun, 6

DAY 1 = Mon, 7


DAY 2 = Tue, 8


DAY 3 = Wed, 9


DAY 4 = Thu,10


DAY 5  = Fri, 11


DAY 6 = Sat, 12


DAY 7 = Sun, 13


    emotion theories + role of action goal relevance,                          goal-directed action action model        
9.00-9.30   Agnes Moors: ψ Sanne de Wit Richard Ridderinkhof student Keith Oatley Michael Brady student 
9.30-10.00     David Sander   group     group
10.00-10.15   coffee break coffee break coffee break work coffee break coffee break work
      expectancy/prediction error emotion model        
10.15-10.45   Fabrice Teroni
Julien Deonna: φ
Rainer Reisenzein Wil Cunningham   Marc Leman Peter Railton  
10.45-11.15     John O'Doherty          
11.15-11.30   coffee break coffee break coffee break   coffee break coffee break  
    action theories + role of emotion  control/agency          
11.30-12.00   Bernhard Hommel: ψ Dorit Wenke Charles Carver   Luciano Fadiga Giorgio Coricelli  
12.00-12.30     Frédérique de Vignemont          
12.30-14.00   lunch break  lunch break lunch break lunch break lunch break lunch break lunch break
14.00-14.30   Hong Yu Wong: φ Guido Gendolla MODELS social 2 workshops student student
14.30-15.00     Olivier Massin WORKSHOP activity Donald Glowinski group presentations
15.00-15.15   coffee break coffee break coffee break   Richard Dub work coffee break
    integration + panel discussion action tendencies/ affordances     (until 15:30)    
15.15-15.45   Patrick Haggard Klaus Scherer  MODELS WORKSHOP   break (15.30-16.00)    
15.45-16.15   Keith Oatley

Erik Rietveld

Jelle Bruineberg

(ctd)   student (at 16.00)    
16.15-16.30   coffee break coffee break coffee break   group coffee break coffee break
      integration+ panel discussion     work    
16.30-17.00   Elisabeth Pacherie Andreas Eder student        
17.00-17.30 REGISTRATION Wolfgang Prinz Joëlle Proust  group        
17.30-18.00   Ronald de Sousa Andrea Scarantino work       deliberation
18.00-18.30 OPENING   Nico Frijda         announcements
18.30-19.00 dining              
19.00-19.30 reception  dinner   dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner
19.30- blitz talks   dinner          


ψ = Psychology

φ = Philosophy

International Summer School in Affective Sciences 2014 - Participants

Confirmed plenary speakers include :




International Summer School in Affective Sciences 2014 - Practical Information

- Important dates
- Fees
- Venue
- Transportation
- Scientific committee
- Organizing committee


Important dates

Application deadline: March 23, 2014

Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2014

Registration deadline: June 15, 2014

Conference: July 6-14, 2014



Fees are asked to participants in order to cover part of the expenses involved in the organization of the ISSAS. Participants are encouraged to apply for funding at their home institutions or national funding programs. However, lack of funding should not prevent good candidates from participating. Stipends will be available from the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences for participants who can show proof that no other funding is available to them. The number and quantity of these grants will depend on the number of requests received by the Center. Grants are destined to cover all or part of the registration fee.


The participation fee for 2014 is 1'800 CHF. This fee includes registration, lodging and board during the summer school, but not transportation to Bogis-Bossey.


Convertion rates can be found here.



Château de Bossey [Chateau] (The Ecumenical Institute)

Chemin Chenevière 2

CH 1279 Bogis-Bossey


Tel: +41 22 960 7300 - Fax: +41 22 960 7367





The Château de Bossey is located in Bogis-Bossey, 20 km away from Geneva.


Geneva is easily accessible by plane and train:

Geneva airport: www.gva.ch

Swiss railway system: http://www.sbb.ch/


From the Geneva airport you can take a train directly into the Geneva railway station (Cornavin), where you can take a regional train to Nyon or Coppet.


From there take the local bus (line 811) to the stop "Céligny, village" (the bus runs every half an hour from the Nyon train station to the Coppet train station, and back. "Céligny, village" is the stop halfway between the two stations). The chateau is 20 minutes away on foot from "Céligny, village". Just turn left at the bus stop, towards the townhall ("mairie" - look for the flags). At the "mairie" take a sharp right into Route de Coudres. Go straight on for a while, past the "Auberge de Céligny" and past the "Service du Feu", and when you arrive at the first major intersection simply turn left following directions towards the "Institut oecuménique".


For more details on the bus schedule, please visit http://www.tpg.ch/fr/index.php (arrêt de départ/departure: "Coppet, gare" or "Nyon, gare"; arrêt d'arrivée/ arrival "Céligny, village").


For more details on how to make it to Bossey, please visit



Scientific committee

Agnes Moors

Bernhard Hommel

Julien Deonna

Didier Grandjean

Cristina Soriano


Organizing committee

Agnes Moors

Bernhard Hommel

Julien Deonna

Didier Grandjean

Cristina Soriano

Marion Gumy

Daniela Sauge



International Summer School in Affective Sciences 2014 - Application

To apply at ISSAS 2014, click here.

Application deadline: March 23, 2014

At the end of the application questionnaire, you will be asked to upload via a secured file browser dialog box, a zip file with your Curriculum Vitae, a letter of motivation including your specific interest for ISSAS, a letter of recommendation from your advisor and a copy of your identification card or passport (pdf only).
Please make sure that these documents are ready on your desktop before you start the registration process; we will consider only complete applications.

The selection of participants will be finished by April 15, 2014. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by e-mail.

This summer school is designed for 40 participants. In order to make this course as enriching as possible for the participants and the faculty, the Scientific Committee will ensure a wide variety of scientific backgrounds by selecting people from different laboratories, disciplines and levels of advancement in their scientific careers - from advanced PhD students to senior postdoctoral fellows.



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