Nele Dael
Post-doctoral Researcher , University of Lausanne


Nov 2006 - May 2011
Doctoral research: "Expression and perception of emotion from body movement: Categorical and dynamic correlates of emotion", NCCR, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Supervisor: prof. Scherer

Sept 2005 - Apr 2006
ERASMUS exchange project, Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Master in Psychology, specialization in Theoretical Psychology, University of Leuven, Belgium

Bachelor in Psychology, University of Leuven, Belgium

Master thesis
Behaviour observation research: "Social Behaviour and Reconciliation in a Captive Group of Hamadryas Baboons"
Promotor: prof. D'Hooge (University of Leuven)
Copromotor: prof. Nelissen (University of Antwerp)

Research internship
Narrative research on Schadenfreude: Development of a coding system, training coders and quantitative analysis
Experimental study on Schadenfreude: "Envy and Schadenfreude towards your loved ones. An Empirical Examination of Tesser's Self Evaluation Maintenance Model."
Supervisor: dr. Van Dijk (Free University of Amsterdam)
Promotor: prof. Van Avermaet (University of Leuven)

Research Master course "Emotions and Feelings"
Two field experiments on arousal and attraction: "Excitement as a breeding ground for romance? Mixed effects of two types of arousal on attraction."
Supervisor: dr. Van Dijk (Free University of Amsterdam)

Current Research


Nele Dael obtained her PhD at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences on the expression and perception of emotion from body movement. During her doctorate studies she developed descriptive tools for accurate measurement of body movement and used these tools to identify categorical and dynamic correlates of emotion. She is now working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Lausanne ( together with Christine Mohr, where they investigate the role of emotion and cognition in colour perception. This new project is in collaboration with AkzoNobel NV and joins three axes of expertise: experimental paradigms from cognitive psychology, theoretical frameworks from emotion psychology, and extensive knowledge on colour science in everyday applications.