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Erkin Asutay

Associate Professor, Docent

My research focuses on how affective processes influence attention, information
processing, and judgment and decision-making.

Emotion, attention, and decision-making

We navigate complex environments and receive a stream of sensory signals that influences our affective experience. However, there are still unanswered questions on how different factors defining the dynamic sensory environment are represented in affective experience, as well as how this dynamic representation of affect influences our behavior and decisions.

I study how the affective consequences of events (including expectations, uncertainty, and prediction errors) are integrated into an overall affective experience, and how this affective integration influences decision-making. I am also interested in understanding the impact of emotions on perception and attention in auditory and visual domains.

I use psychophysics (e.g., signal detection theory), psychophysiology (e.g., facial EMG, skin conductance, heart rate), behavioral methods, and computational modeling.



Hulda Karlsson, Erkin Asutay, Daniel Västfjäll (2023) A causal link between mental imagery and affect-laden perception of climate change related risks Scientific Reports, Vol. 13 Continue to DOI
Erkin Asutay, Hulda Karlsson, Daniel Västfjäll (2023) Affective responses drive the impact neglect in sustainable behavior iScience, Vol. 26, Article 108280 Continue to DOI


Erkin Asutay, Alexander Genevsky, Paul Hamilton, Daniel Västfjäll (2022) Affective Context and Its Uncertainty Drive Momentary Affective Experience Emotion, Vol. 22, p. 1336-1346 Continue to DOI
Örn Kolbeinsson, Erkin Asutay, Johan Wallqvist, Hugo Hesser (2022) Prior information can alter how sounds are perceived and emotionally regulated Heliyon, Vol. 8, Article e09793 Continue to DOI
Erkin Asutay, Daniel Västfjäll (2022) The continuous and changing impact of affect on risky decision-making Scientific Reports, Vol. 12, Article 10613 Continue to DOI