Short CV/Education and training

  • 1999 – 2002
    Department of Psychology, University College London, UK, Completed a BSc (first-class honours) in Psychology with Cognitive Science

  • 2001
    Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK, Wellcome Trust summer studentship with Dr Elisabeth Hill and Prof Patrick Haggard, studying action awareness in autism

  • 2005 – 2006
    Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, USA, Bogue visiting fellow with Prof Dacher Keltner, investigating non-verbal vocal expressions of emotions

  • 2002 – 2006
    Department of Psychology, University College London, UK, Completed a PhD on the communication of emotions in the human voice, supervised by Prof Sophie Scott (awarded January 2007)

  • 2006 – 2007
    Section for Brain Maturation, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, UK, Post-doctoral researcher with Prof Declan Murphy and Prof Francesca Happé investigating the ontogeny of social communication, and emotion recognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • 2007 – 2008
    Brain and Behaviour Lab, Birkbeck College, UK, ESRC post-doctoral research fellow with Prof Martin Eimer, studying the time-course of processing emotional vocalizations

  • 2008 – 2011
    Comparative Cognitive Anthropology Group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands, Research staff, working with Dr Daniel Haun and Prof Stephen Levinson, investigating the roles of culture and language in emotional communication

  • Since 2011
    Department of Social Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Assistant Professor (tenured)

  • Since 2018 Department of Social Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Associate Professor

Selected publications

  • Sauter, D.A. (in press). Is there a role for language in emotion perception? Emotion Review.

  • Sauter, D.A. (in press). The nonverbal communication of positive emotions: An emotion family approach. Emotion Review.

  • De Dreu, C.K.W.*, Kret, M.E.*, & Sauter, D.A.* (2016). Assessing emotional vocalizations from in-group and out-group depends on oxytocin. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(8), 837-846 (*equal authorship).

  • Sauter, D.A., Eisner, F., Ekman, P. & Scott, S.K. (2015). Emotional vocalisations are recognised across cultures regardless of distractor valence. Psychological Science, 26(3), 354–356

  • Sauter, D.A., McDonald, N., Gangi, D., & Messinger, D.S. (2014). Nonverbal expressions of positive emotions. In M.N. Shiota, M.M. Tugade, and L.D. Kirby (Eds.) Handbook of Positive Emotions (pp 179-200). New York: Guilford Press.

  • Sauter, D.A. (2013). The role of motivation and cultural dialects in the in-group advantage for emotional vocalisations. Frontiers in Emotion Science [Special Issue on Expression of emotion in music and vocal communication], 4, 418.

  • Sauter, D.A., Panattoni, C., & Happé, F. (2013). Children's recognition of emotions from vocal cues. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 31, 97-113.

  • Sauter, D.A., Le Guen, O., & Haun, D.B.M. (2011). Categorical perception of emotional expressions does not require lexical categories. Emotion, 11(6), 1479-1483.

  • Sauter, D. (2010). More than happy: the need for disentangling positive emotions. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19(1), 36-40.

  • Sauter, D.A., Eisner, F., Calder, A.J. & Scott S.K. (2010). Perceptual cues in non-verbal vocal expressions of emotion. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63(11), 2251-2272.

  • Sauter, D.A., Eisner, F., Ekman, P. & Scott, S.K. (2010). Cross-cultural recognition of basic emotions through nonverbal emotional vocalizations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(6), 2408-2412.

    Sauter, D., & Scott, S.K. (2007). More than one kind of happiness: Can we recognise vocal expressions of different positive states? Motivation and Emotion, 31(3), 192-99.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Grant funding

  • Recipient of European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant 2016

  • University of Amsterdam Psychology department Aspasia grant 2016

  • Research Talent grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) 2015

  • European Association for Social Psychology (EASP) pre-registered research grant 2016

  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) open access publication grant 2013

  • Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) 2011

  • Post-doctoral fellowship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 2007

  • University of London Central Research Fund grant for cross-cultural research in Namibia 2008

  • Bogue fellowship for research visit to UC Berkeley 2005

  • University College London Graduate School Research Project Fund 2004

  • Four-year PhD Research Studentship from University College London 2002

  • Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Studentship 2001

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