prof. dr. Gün Semin
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Cognitie in sociale context

A puzzle that has occupied me ever since I started with psychology is how it is possible to understand social behavior by explaining individual processes. Another puzzle has been why one should focus on stills when human behavior is a movie: behavior is self evidently dynamic and highly responsive to contextual variations. Finally, I have been puzzled how it is possible to think that all there might be to psychological processes is some symbolic computation taking place somewhere between the ears.

I have come to conceptualize the social in terms of jointly recruited processes rather than individual ones (Semin & Cacioppo, 2008); that social behavior is situated and psychological processes are embodied (Semin, 2007; Smith & Semin, 2004). Within these broad parameters my empirical research is primarily driven by an interest in communication, social cognition, and language and the diverse uses that language  can be put to in social interaction (ranging from the regulation of prejudice to that of interpersonal relationships) as well as the embodied grounding of meaning and communication. 


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All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
de Groot, J.H.B., Smeets, M.A.M. & Semin, G.R. (2017). On the communicative function of body odors: A theoretical integration and review. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12 (2), (pp. 306– 324).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
de Groot, Jasper H B, Smeets, Monique A M, Rowson, Matt J., Bulsing, Patricia J., Blonk, Cor G., Wilkinson, Joy E. & Semin, Gün R. (06.06.2015). A Sniff of Happiness. Psychological Science, 26 (6), (pp. 684-700) (17 p.).
Smeets, M.A.M., Farias, Ana Rita, You, Y, Zheng, Y, Semin, G.R. & Li, Wen (2015). Chemical and physical warning signals: Common and distinct effects. Chemical Senses, 40, (pp. 559) (1 p.).
De Groot, Jasper H B, Smeets, Monique A M & Semin, Gün R. (27.02.2015). Rapid stress system drives chemical transfer of fear from sender to receiver. PLoS One, 10 (2).
  2014 - Scholarly publications
de Groot, Jasper H. B., Semin, Gun R. & Smeets, Monique A. M. (2014). Chemical Communication of Fear - A Case of Male-Female Asymmetry. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143 (4), (pp. 1515-1525) (11 p.).
de Groot, Jasper, Smeets, Monique & Semin, Gün (2014). Chemosignaling of fear in humans: A case of male-female asymmetry. AChemS 36th Annual Meeting
Smeets, Monique, de Groot, Jasper & Semin, Gün (2014). Equal relevance of olfactory compared to audiovisual channels in communicating fear emotion. AChemS 36th Annual Meeting
De Groot, Jasper H B, Semin, Gün R. & Smeets, Monique A M (01.01.2014). I can see, hear, and smell your fear - Comparing olfactory and audiovisual media in fear communication. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143 (2), (pp. 825-834) (10 p.).
Schreuder, Eliane, Hoeksma, Marco R., Smeets, Monique A M & Semin, Gün R. (01.01.2014). The effects of odor and body posture on perceived duration. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 8 (FEB) (10 p.).
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Semin, G.R. & de Groot, J.H.B. (2013). Chemical bases of human sociality. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17, (pp. 427-429) (3 p.).
Foroni, F.M.G.M. & Semin, G.R. (2013). Comprehension of action negation involves inhibitory simulation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Farias, A.R., Garrido, M. & Semin, G.R. (2013). Converging modalities ground abstract categories: The case of politics. PLoS One, 8 (4), (pp. e60971) (1 p.).
Sassenrath, C., Sassenberg, K. & Semin, G.R. (2013). Cool, but understanding...Experiencing cooler temperatures promotes perspective-taking performance. Acta Psychologica, 143, (pp. 245-251) (7 p.).
Semin, G.R., Garrido, M. & Palma, T.A. (2013). Interfacing body, mind, the psysical, and social world. In D. Carlston (Eds.), The Oxforn Handbook of Social Cognition (pp. 637-655) (19 p.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Blom, S.S.A.H. & Semin, G.R. (2013). Moving events in time: Time referent hand-arm movements influence perceived temporal distance to past events. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142 (2), (pp. 319-322) (4 p.).
Fockenberg, D,A,, Koole, S.A., Lakens, D. & Semin, G.R. (2013). Shifting Evaluation Windows: Predictable Forward Primes with Long SOAs Eliminate the Impact of Backward Primes. PLoS One, 8 (1), (pp. e54739) (1 p.).
Jiga-Boy, J.M, Clark, A. & Semin, G.R. (2013). Situating construal level: The function of abstractness and concreteness in social contexts. Social Cognition, 31, (pp. 201-221) (21 p.).
Semin, G.R. & Smith, E. (2013). Socially situated cognition in perspective. Social Cognition, 31, (pp. 125-146) (22 p.).
Semin, G.R. & Palma, T.A. (2013). Why the Bride Wears White: Grounding Gender with Brightness. Journal of Consumer Psychology
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Semin, G.R. & Garrido, M. (2012). A systemic approach to impression formation: From verbal to multimodal processes. In J. Forgas, K. Fiedler & C. Sedikides (Eds.), Social thinking and interpersonal behavior (pp. 81-96) (16 p.). New York: Psychology Press.
Quené, H., Semin, G.R. & Foroni, F.M.G.M. (2012). Audible smiles and frowns affect speech comprehension. Speech Communication, 54 (7), (pp. 917-922) (6 p.). Highlights ► Smiles and frowns may interfere with speech production and comprehension. ► Speech synthesis of words with positive and with negative meaning. ► Formants shifted up or down to simulate smiling and frowning. ► Incongruent smiling or frowning impedes speech comprehension. ► Interference due to motor mimicry of smiling and frowning gestures. Keywords: Smiles; Speech comprehension; Emotion; Affect perception.
de Groot, J.H.B., Smeets, M.A.M., Kaldewaij, A., Duijndam, M.J.A. & Semin, G.R. (2012). Chemosignals communicate human emotions. Psychological Science, 23, (pp. 1417-1424) (8 p.).
Semin, G.R., Garrido, M. & Palma, T.A. (2012). Socially situated cognition: Recasting social cognition as an emergent phenomenon. In S. Fiske & N. Macrae (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of social cognition (pp. 143-169) (27 p.). New York: SAGE.
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Semin, G.R. (2011). Culturally Situated Linguistic Ecologies and Language Use: Cultural Tools at the Service of Representing and Shaping Situated Realities. (32 p.). New York: Advances in Cultural Social Psychology.
Semin, G.R. (2011). Culturally Situated Linguistic Ecologies and Language Use: Cultural Tools at the Service of Representing and Shaping Situated Realities. In Advances in Cultural Social Psychology, 1, (pp. 217-249) (33 p.).
Semin, G.R. & Echterhoff, G. (2011). From neurons to shared cognition and culture. In G.R. Semin & G. Echterhoff (Eds.), Grounding Sociality: From Neurons to Shared Cognition and Culture (pp. 1-12) (12 p.). New York, U.S.A.: Psychology Press.
Palma, T.A., Garrido, M.V. & Semin, G.R. (2011). Grounding person memory in space: Does spatial anchoring of behavior improve recall?. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, (pp. 275-280) (6 p.).
Semin, G.R. & Echterhoff, G. (2011). Grounding Sociality: From Neurons to Shared Cognition and Culture. New York: Psychology Press.
Semin, G.R. (2011). On Angels and Daemons - Or - Whom did the Bartender serve the Espresso to and whom the Cappuccino?. In M. Carduni, M. Galdso & A. Maass (Eds.), Social perception, cognition and language: In honor of Arcuri (pp. 233-242) (10 p.). Italy: Coop. Libraria Editrice, Universita di Padova.
Semin, G.R. (2011). Sociality in Extremis - removing the boundaries between self and other. Grounding Sociality: From Neurons to Shared Cognition and Culture (pp. 83-94) (11 p.). New York: Psychology Press.
Foroni, F. & Semin, G.R. (2011). The Effect of Mimicry on Evaluative Judgments. Emotion, 11, (pp. 687-690) (4 p.).
Regenberg, N.F.E., Häfner, M. & Semin, G.R. (2011). The groove move: Action affordances produce fluency and positive affect. Experimental Psychology, 1, (pp. 1-8) (8 p.).
Semin, G.R. (2011). The Linguistic Category Model. In P.A.M. van Lange, A. Kruglanski & E.T. Higgins (Eds.), Handbook of theories of social psychology London, England: SAGE.
Lakens, L., Semin, G.R. & Garrido, M.V. (2011). The Sound of Time: Cross-Modal Convergence in the Spatial Structuring of Time. Cognition and Consciousness, 20, (pp. 437-443) (7 p.).
Lakens, L., Semin, G.R. & Foroni, F. (2011). Why Your Highness Needs the People: Comparing the Absolute and Relative Representation of Power in Vertical Space. Social Psychology, 42 (3), (pp. 205-213) (9 p.).
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Klein, O., Fernandes, T., Garcia-Marques, L., Licata, L. & Semin, G.R. (2010). Effects of schooling and literacy on linguistic abstraction. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, (pp. 1095-1102) (8 p.).
Louwerse, M. M., Lin, K., Drescher, A. & Semin, G.R. (2010). Linguistic cues predict fraudulent events in a corporate social network. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 961-966) (6 p.).
Jiga-Boy, G.M, Clark, A. & Semin, G.R. (2010). So much to do and so little time: Effort and perceived temporal distance. Psychological Science, 21, (pp. 1811-1817) (7 p.).
van Ulzen, N. R., Lamoth, C. J. C., Daffertshofer, A., Semin, G.R. & Beek, J. R. (2010). Stability and variability of acoustically specified coordination patterns while walking side-by-side: Does the sea-gull effect hold?. Neuroscience Letters, 427, (pp. 79-83) (4 p.).
Ijzerman, H. & Semin, G.R. (2010). Temperature Perceptions as a Ground for Social Proximity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, (pp. 867-873) (7 p.).
Lanciano, T., Curci, A. & Semin, G.R. (2010). The emotional and reconstructive determinants of emotional memories: an experimental approach to flashbulb memory investigation. Memory, 18, (pp. 473-485) (13 p.).
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Lee, A.Y. & Semin, G.R. (2009). Culture throught the Lens of self-regulatory Orientations. In R.S. Wyer, C. Chiu & Y. Hong (Eds.), Understanding culture: Theory, research and application (pp. 299-310) (12 p.). New York: Psychology Press.
Schubert, T. & Semin, G.R. (2009). Embodiment as a unifying perspective for psychology. European Journal of Social Psychology
Semin, G.R. & Cacioppo, J.T. (2009). From embodied representation to Co-regulation. In J.A. Pineda (Eds.), Mirror neuron systems: The role of mirroring processes in social cognition (pp. 107-120) (14 p.). Humana Press.
Semin, G.R. (2009). Language and social cognition. In F. Strack & J. Förster (Eds.), Social cognition - the basis of human interaction (pp. 269-290) (22 p.). Psychology Press.
Foroni, F. & Semin, G.R. (2009). Language that puts you in touch with your bodily feelings: The multimodal responsiveness of affective expressions. Psychological Science, 20, (pp. 974-980) (7 p.).
Semin, G.R. (2009). Language, culture, cognition - how do they intersect?. In R.S. Wyer, C. Chiu & Y. Hong (Eds.), Understanding culture: Theory, research and application (pp. 259-270) (12 p.). New York: Psychology Press.
Ijzerman, H. & Semin, G.R. (2009). The thermometer of social relations: Mapping social proximity of temperature. Psychological Science, 20, (pp. 1214-1220) (7 p.).
  2009 - Other output
G.R. Semin (02.09.2009). How to forget an attractive personality impression: Recruit the right temperature, physical distance, and fragrance!. Luxembourg, Invited Keynote Address, Fachtagung der Fachgruppe Sozialpsychologie DGPs (Social Psychology Section of the German Psychological Association), September 2, 2009, Université du Luxembourg.
  2008 - Scholarly publications
van Ulzen, N.R., Semin, G.R., Oudejans, R.D.R. & Beek, P.J. (2008). Affective and contextual stimulus properties influence size perception independently. Psychological Research, 72, (pp. 304-310) (7 p.).
van Ulzen, N.R., Lamoth, C.J., Daffertshofer, A., Semin, G.R. & Beek, P.J. (2008). Characteristics of instructed and uninstructed interpersonal coordination while walking in pairs. Neuroscience Letters, 432, (pp. 88-93) (6 p.).
Semin, G.R. & Smith, E.R. (2008). Embodied grounding: Social, cognitive, affective, and neuroscientific approaches. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Semin, G.R. & Cacioppo, J.T. (2008). Grounding Social Cognition: Synchronization, Entrainment, and Coordination. In G.R. Semin & J.T. Cacioppo (Eds.), Embodied grounding: Social, cognitive, affective, and neuroscientific approaches (pp. 119-148) (30 p.). New York: Cambridge University Press.
Semin, G.R. & Cacioppo, J.T. (2008). In search for a conceptual location to share cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, (pp. 37-38) (2 p.).
Semin, G.R. & Smith, E.R. (2008). Introducing Embodied Grounding. In G.R. Semin & E.R. Smith (Eds.), Embodied grounding: Social, cognitive, affective, and neuroscientific approaches (pp. 1-8) (8 p.). New York: Cambridge University Press.
Semin, G.R. (2008). Language puzzles: A prospective retrospective on the Linguistic Category Model. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 27, (pp. 197-209) (13 p.).
Fockenberg, D,A,, Koole, S.L. & Semin, G.R. (2008). Priming in concert: assimilation and contrast with multiple affective and gender primes. Social Cognition, 26, (pp. 647-669) (23 p.).
Clark, A.E. & Semin, G.R. (2008). Receivers' expectations for abstract vs. concrete construals: Evidence for conversational relevance as a determinant of construal level. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 27, (pp. 155-167) (13 p.).
  2008 - Other output
G.R. Semin (21.02.2008). Language as a tool to implement cognition. Invited Expert Workshop, Doctoral Prog. Courses in Psychology, ISCTE-Departamento de Psicología Social e das Organizações, Lisbon, Portugal, Workshop on Language as a Device to implement congnition.
  2003 - Scholarly publications
Van den Bos, K., Maas, M.F., Waldring, I.E. & Semin, G.R. (2003). Toward understanding the psychology of reactions to perceived fairness: The role of affect intensity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, (pp. 482-498) (17 p.).
  2001 - Scholarly publications
Taris, Toon & Semin, Gün (2001). How mothers' parenting styles affect their children's sexual efficacy and experience. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 159, (pp. 68-81).
  1999 - Scholarly publications
Taris, T.W. & Semin, G.R. (1999). From intention to behaviour: Sexual self-efficacy of adolescents, their permissiveness and sexual experience. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29, (pp. 903-917) (15 p.).
  1998 - Scholarly publications
Taris, TW, Semin, GR & Bok, IA (1998). The effect of quality of family interaction and intergenerational transmission of values on sexual permissiveness. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 159 (2), (pp. 237-250) (14 p.).
  1997 - Scholarly publications
Taris, TW & Semin, GR (1997). Gender as a moderator of the effects of the love motive and relational context on sexual experience. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 26 (2), (pp. 159-180) (22 p.).
Taris, TW & Semin, GR (1997). Parent-child interaction during adolescence, and the adolescent's sexual experience - Control, closeness, and conflict. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 26 (4), (pp. 373-398) (26 p.).
Taris, TW & Semin, GR (1997). Passing on the faith - How mother-child communication influences transmission of moral values. Journal of Moral Education, 26 (2), (pp. 211-221) (11 p.).
Taris, Toon & Semin, Gün (1997). Quality of mother-child interaction, differences in sexual attitudes, and inter-generational disagreement on sexuality. Early Child Development and Care, 136, (pp. 65-78).
  1995 - Scholarly publications
Taris, Toon & Semin, Gün (1995). Does adolescents' sexual behavior affect theor attitudes concerning sex?. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 5, (pp. 139-156).
,, Taris, Toon, Semin, Gün, Marsman, Gooitske, Werkman, W., Wigboldus, Daniël H J & Zwier, Sandra (1995). Een Nederlandse need for closure vragenlijst. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Psychologie, 50, (pp. 231-232) (2 p.).
Taris, Toon & Semin, Gün (1995). Weten en doen is twee - Aids en seksueel gedrag van adolescenten. Gedrag & Gezondheid, 23, (pp. 272-285).
  0 - Other output
G.R. Semin (0). Attention driving function of language. Invited Keynote Address for a State of the Art Lecture at the 2006 ESCON meeting. Polonia House Castle in Pultusk. September 2006.
G.R. Semin (0). Embodied Cognition and Embodied Communication. Bern, Switzerland, Invited Keynote Address, 15th Herbstakademie on Embodied Cognition and Embodied Communication, October 7-9, 2009..
G.R. Semin (0). Enhancing the self-monitoring function of science and its contribution to research integrity. Invited Plenary Speaker, World Conference on Research Integrity, September 16-19, 2007.
G.R. Semin (0). Facial Muscles as Affect and Cognition Shaping Resources. Invited Keynote address to 16th National Congress of Turkish Psychological Association, Mersin University. 14-17 April 2010.
G.R. Semin (0). Facial Muscles as affect and Cognition Shaping Resources. Torino, Italy, Invited Keynote Address to the Italian Association of Social Psychology, 14-16 September, 2010.
G.R. Semin (0). Implicit indicators of preferences and prejudices. Invited Plenary Speaker, Annual meeting of the Society for Text & Discourse, VU University Amsterdam, 6-9 July, 2005.
G.R. Semin (0). Socially Grounded Embodiment. Utrecht, The Netherlands, Invited speaker ASPO Fall Symposium on Engodying Social Psychology, November 2009.
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- FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology), Lisbon, Portugal, Chair – Psychology Panel

- Member of the ‘Exzellenzinitiative” Discipline Committee and Strategy
Committee (since 2007).

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