- Aesthetic emotions
- Physiological correlates of emotional processes
- Neural correlates of self representation
- Attention regulation and consciousness
Current Research Projects:
Several studies have shown that emotional goosebumps are tightly related to episodes of being moved/touched. But what about other emotions?
Shivers down the spine in poetry and music
In this study, we compare the physiological and neural correlates of music- and poetry-induced chills/goosebumps.
|11/2017||PhD in Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany ("Physiological correlates and neural circuitry of Being Moved")|
|11/2010||Diploma in Psychology|
|2009-2010||Diploma thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany ("Orienting response to emotional environmental sounds")|
|2005-2010||Studies of Psychology, Classics and Musicology, Philipps Universität, Marburg, Germany|
|Since 2013||research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany|
|2011-2013||research fellow at the Cluster of Excellence „Languages of Emotion“, Freie Universität Berlin|
|2010||Research internship as research trainee at the McGill University, Montréal/School of Communication Sciences & Disorders (Neuroprogmatics and Emotion Lab, Marc Pell, PhD)|
|2008||Internship at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), Montréal|
Articles (in peer-reviewed journals)
Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Wassiliwizky, E., Schindler, I., Hanich, J., Jacobsen, T., & Koelsch, S. (in press). What Are Aesthetic Emotions?Psychological Review.
Wassiliwizky, E. (2018). At the root of the paradox: Comment on “An integrative review of the enjoyment of sadness associated with music” by Tuomas Eerola et al. Physics of Life Reviews, 25, 136-138. doi:10.1016/j.plrev.2017.12.008
Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Hanich, J., Wassiliwizky, E., Jacobsen, T., & Koelsch, S. (2017). Authors’ Response: Negative emotions in art reception: Refining theoretical assumptions and adding variables to the Distancing-Embracing model. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, 44-51, e380. doi: doi:10.1017/S0140525X17001947
Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Hanich, J., Wassiliwizky, E., Jacobsen, T., & Koelsch, S. (2017). The Distancing-embracing model of the enjoyment of negative emotions in art reception. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e347. doi:10.1017/S0140525X17000309
Wassiliwizky, E., Koelsch, S., Wagner, V., Jacobsen, T., & Menninghaus, W. (2017). The emotional power of poetry: Neural circuitry, psychophysiology and compositional principles. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(8), 1229-1240. doi:10.1093/scan/nsx069
Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Wassiliwizky, E., Jacobsen, T., & Knoop, C. A. (2017). The emotional and aesthetic powers of parallelistic diction. Poetics, 63, 47-59. doi:10.1016/j.poetic.2016.12.001
Wassiliwizky, E., Jacobsen, T., Heinrich, J., Schneiderbauer, M., & Menninghaus, W. (2017). Tears falling on goosebumps: Co-occurrence of emotional lacrimation and emotional piloerection indicates a psychophysiological climax in emotional arousal. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. 41. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00041
Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Hanich, J., Wassiliwizky, E., Kuehnast, M., & Jacobsen, T. (2015). Towards a psychological construct of Being Moved. Plos One, 10(6), e0128451. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128451
Wassiliwizky, E., Wagner, V., Jacobsen, T., & Menninghaus, W. (2015). Art-elicited chills indicate states of being moved. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 9(4), 405-416. doi:10.1037/aca0000023
Kuehnast, M., Wagner, V., Wassiliwizky, E., Jacobsen, T., & Menninghaus, W. (2014). Being Moved: Linguistic representation and conceptual structure. Frontiers in Psychology, 5. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01242 PDF
Rigoulot, S., Wassiliwizky, E., & Pell, M. D. (2013). Feeling backwards? How temporal order in speech affects the time course of vocal emotion recognition. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 367. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00367
Wassiliwizky, E. (2017). Physiological correlates and neural circuitry of Being Moved (Dissertation). Retrieved from http://www.diss.fu-berlin.de/diss/receive/FUDISS_thesis_000000105818
Wassiliwizky, E. (2010). Relativer Einfluss affektiver Stimuluseigenschaften und der Vertrautheit auf die Aufmerksamkeitsorientierung: Ereigniskorrelierte Potenziale auf aufgabenirrelevante Umweltgeräusche (Diplomarbeit). Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften, Leipzig.
Fellowships and Academic Awards
|2003||Award of the city of Trier for best achievements in a Contest for Ancient Languages "Certamen-Rheno-Palatinum"|
|2006-2010||Scholarship for gifted students of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation|
|2012-2014||Graduate-Scholarship of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation|
This project focuses on the cognitive and affective implications of elegance, the range of phenomena that have the potential to be elegant, and the aesthetic and phenomenological qualia of (experiencing) elegance. Moreover, it investigates ...
- Defining "aesthetic emotions"
The projects is devoted to reviewing the philosophical and psychological research on "aesthetic emotions". Its objective is to cover the topic in a major theoretical review paper and to develop a multi-dimensional model of "aesthetic ...
- Behavioral, physiological and neural substrates of parallelistic diction
In a series of studies we investigate the behavioral and physiological effects as well as the neural substrates of the numerous features of parallelistic diction (such as alliteration, meter, anaphora, and many others), as used in poetry, proverbs, ...
- Lyrical speech melody
Since antiquity, poets have been likened to singers. The Romantic understanding of poetry has further reinforced the analogies between music and poetry. Our project investigates the extent to which this analogy can be pushed beyond meter and rhyme to ...
Several studies have shown that emotional goosebumps are tightly related to episodes of being moved/touched. But what about other emotions? A wide-spread language use associates emotional goosebumps with experiencing horror (horripilation); however, ...
- Shivers down the spine in poetry and music
The wise reader reads the book of genius not with his heart, not so much with his brain, but with his spine.