Andrea Samson

Professor
SNSF Professorship - Institute of Special Education - University of Fribourg
Assistant Professor in Psychology - Swiss Distance Learning University (Unidistance)
Director of the Cheers Lab

Adresse

Bâtiment SPC 02 - Bureau 48
Rue St-Pierre-Canisius 21
CH-1700 Fribourg
T: +41 26 300 84 40

andrea.samson@unifr.ch

Biography

Andrea Samson completed her PhD at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), did a 5-year postdoc at Stanford University (USA), and was between 2015-2018 a senior researcher (awarded with the Ambizione Fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation, SNSF) at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA, University of Geneva). Since January 2018, she is Assistant Professor and Co-Dean in the Faculty of Psychology at the Swiss Distance Learning University. Since September 2018, Andrea Samson is also SNSF Assistant Professor in Special Education at the University of Fribourg.

Publications

  • Manuscripts in Peer-Reviewed Journals

    Kramer, U., Kolly, W., Maillaird, P., Pascual-Leone, A., Samson, A. C., Schmitt, R., Bernini, A., Allenbach, G., charbon, P., de Roten, Y., Conus, Ph. Despland, J-N., & Draganski, B. (in press). Change in emotional and theory of mind processing in borderline personality disorder: A pilot study. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

    Cai, R., Richdale, A. L., Uljarevic, M., & Samson, A. C. (2018). Emotion regulation in autism spectrum disorder: where we are and where we need to go. Autism Research, 11, 962-978. DOI: 10.1002/aur.1968.

    Horn, A. B., Samson, A. C., Debrot, A., & Perrez, M. (2018). Positive humor in couples as interpersonal emotion regulation: A dyadic study in everyday life on the mediating role of psychological intimacy. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Epub ahead of print July 18, 2018. DOI: 10.1177/0265407518788197.

    Van den Bedem, N. P., Dockrell, J. E., van Alphen, P. M., de Rooij, M., Samson, A. C., Harjunen, E. L., & Rieffe, C. (2018). Depressive symptoms and emotion regulation strategies in children with and without Developmental Language Disorder: a Longitudinal study. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. Epub ahead of print.

    Costa, A., Steffgen, G., & Samson, A. C. (2017). Expressive incoherence and alexithymia in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(6). 1659-1672. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3073-9.

    Schäfer, J., Naumann, E., Holmes, E., Tuschen-Caffier, B., & Samson, A. C. (2017). Emotion regulation strategies in depressive and anxiety symptoms in youth: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46(2), 261-276. DOI 10.1007/s10964-016-0585-0.

    Sendzik, L., Schäfer, J., Samson, A. C., Naumann, E., & Tuschen-Caffier, B. (2017). Emotional awareness in depressive and anxiety symptoms in youth: a meta-analytic review. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46(4), 687-700. Epub ahead of print Jan 18 2017. DOI 10.1007/s10964-017-0629-0.

    Stöckli, S., Schulte-Mecklenbeck, M., Borer, S., & Samson, A. C. (2017). Facial Expression Analysis with AFFDEX and FACET: A Validation Study. Behavior Research Methods. Epub ahead of print Dec 7. doi: 10.3758/s13428-017-0996-1.

    Samson, A. C., Dougherty, R. F., Lee, I. A., Phillips, J. M., Gross, J. J., & Hardan, A. Y. (2016). White matter structure in the uncinate fasciculus: Implications for socio-affective deficits in autism spectrum disorder. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 255, 66–74. En savoir plus

    Samson, A. C., Kreibig, S. D., Soderstrom, B., Wade, A. A., & Gross, J. J. (2016). Eliciting positive, negative, and mixed emotional states: a film library for affective scientists. Cognition and Emotion, 30(5), 827-256. DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2015.1031089.

    Kreibig, S. D., Samson, A. C., & Gross, J. J. (2015). The psychophysiology of mixed emotional states: Internal and external replicability analysis of a direct replication study. Psychophysiology, 52(7), 873-876. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12425.

    O’Neill, A., D’Souza, A., Samson, A. C., Carballedo, A., Kerskens, C., & Frodl, F. (2015). Dysregulation between emotion and theory of mind networks in borderline personality disorder. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 231, 25-32. En savoir plus

    Pehrs, C., Samson, A. C., & Gross, J. J. (2015). The quartet theory: Implications for autism spectrum disorder. Physics of Life Reviews, 13, 77-79. doi: 10.1016/j.plrev.2015.04.025.

    Samson, A. C., Hardan, A. Y., Lee, I. A., Phillips, J. M., & Gross, J. J. (2015). Maladaptive behaviour in autism spectrum disorder: The role of emotion experience and emotion regulation. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(11), 3424-3432. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-015-2388-7.

    Samson, A. C., Hardan, A. Y., Podell, R. W., Phillips, J. M., & Gross, J. J. (2015). Emotion regulation in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research, 8(1), 9-18. DOI: 10.1002/aur.1387.

    Samson, A. C. & Tornare, E. (2015). Perturbations émotionnelles et leurs remédiations dans le Trouble du Spectre de l’Autisme [Emotional disturbances and their remediation in Autism Spectrum Disorder]. Approche Neuropsychologique des Apprentissages chez l’Enfant, 139, 556-564.

    Samson, A. C., Wells, W. M., Phillips, J. M., Hardan, A. Y., & Gross, J. J. (2015). Emotion regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence from parent interviews and children’s daily diaries. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56(8), 908-913. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12370.

    Tschacher, W., Genner, R., Bryjova, J., Schaller, E., & Samson, A. C. (2015). Investigating vision in schizophrenia through responses to humorous stimuli. Schizophrenia Research: Cognition, 2, 84-88En savoir plus 

    Manera, V., Samson, A. C., Pehrs, C., Lee, I., A., & Gross, J. J. (2014). The Eyes Have it: The Role of Attention in Cognitive Reappraisal of Social Stimuli. Emotion, 14(5), 833-839. DOI: 10.1037/a0037350.

    Papousek, I., Schulter, G., Lackner, H. K., Samson, A. C., & Freudenthaler, H. H. (2014). Experimentally observed responses to humour are related to individual differences in emotion perception and regulation in everyday life. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 27, 271-286. DOI: 10.1515/humor-2014-0018.

    Samson, A. C., Glassco, A., Lee, I. A., & Gross, J. J. (2014). Humorous coping and serious reappraisal: Short-term and longer-term effects. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 10(3), 571–581. DOI:10.5964/ejop.v10i3.730.

    Samson, A. C., Phillips, J. M., Parker, K. J., Shah, S., Gross, J. J., & Hardan, A. Y. (2014). Emotion dysregulation and the core features of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 1766-1772. DOI 10.1007/s10803-013-2022-5.

    Sheppes, G., Brady, W. J., & Samson, A. C. (2014). In (visual) search for a new distraction: The efficiency of a novel attentional deployment versus semantic meaning regulation strategies. Frontiers in Psychology. 5, 346, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00346.

    Kreibig, S. D., Samson, A. C., & Gross, J. J. (2013). The psychophysiology of mixed emotional states. Psychophysiology, 50, 8, 799–811. DOI: 10.1111/psyp.12064.

    Lackner, H. K., Weiss, E. M., Schulter, G., Hinghofer-Szalkay, H., & Samson, A. C., & Papousek, I. (2013). I got it! Transient Cardiovascular Response to the Perception of Humor. Biological Psychology, 93(1), 33-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2013.01.014.

    Mueller, S., Keeser, D., Samson, A. C., Kirsch, V., Blautzik, J., Grothe, M., Erat, O., Hegenloh, M., Coeates, U., Reiser, M. F., Hennig-Fast, K., & Meindl, T. (2013). Convergent findings of altered functional and structural brain connectivity in individuals with high functioning autism: a multimodal study. PLoS One, 8(6), e67329. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0067329.

    Papousek, I., Reiser, E., Weiss, E., Fink A., Samson, A. C., Lackner, H., & Schulter, G. (2013). State-dependent changes of prefrontal-posterior coupling in the context of affective processing: Susceptibility to humor. Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, 13, 252-261. DOI: 10.3758/s13415-012-0135-5.

    Papousek, I., Schulter, G., Weiss, E. M., Samson, A. C., Freudenthaler, H. H., & Lackner, H. K. (2013). Frontal brain asymmetry and transient cardiovascular responses to the perception of humor. Biological Psychology, 93(1), 114-21. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.12.004.

    Samson, A. C. (2013). Humor(lessness) elucidated - sense of humor in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Review and introduction. In: A. C. Samson (Ed.) Special Issue on Humor in Autism Spectrum Disorders. International Journal of Humor Research, 26(3), 393–409. DOI: 10.1515/humor-2013-0027.

    Samson, A. C. & Antonelli, Y. (2013). Humor as character strength and its relation to life satisfaction and orientation to happiness in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In: A. C. Samson (Ed.) Special Issue on Humor in Autism Spectrum Disorders. International Journal of Humor Research, 26(3), 477–491. DOI: 10.1515/humor-2013-0031.

    Samson, A. C., Huber, O., & Ruch, W. (2013). Seven decades after Hans Asperger's observations: a comprehensive study of humor in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In: A. C. Samson (Ed.) Special Issue on Humor in Autism Spectrum Disorders. International Journal of Humor Research, 26(3), 441 – 460. DOI: 10.1515/humor-2013-0026.

    Schipper, M., Kullik, A., Samson, A. C., Koglin, U., & Petermann, F. (2013). Emotionsdysregulation im Kindes- und Jugendalter [Emotiondysregulation in childhood and youth]. Psychologische Rundschau, 64(4), 228-234. DOI: 10.1026/0033-3042/a000175.

    Weiss, E. M., Gschaidbauer, B. C., Samson, A. C., Steinbäcker, K., Fink, A., & Papousek, I. (2013). From Ice Age to Madagascar: Appreciation of slapstick humor in children with Asperger’s syndrome. In: A. C. Samson (Ed.) Special Issue on Humor in Autism Spectrum Disorders. International Journal of Humor Research, 26(3), 423–440. DOI: 10.1515/humor-2013-0029.

    Korb, S., Grandjean, D., Samson, A. C., Delplanque, S., & Scherer, K. R. (2012). Stop laughing! Humor perception with and without expressive suppression. Social Neuroscience, 7(5), 510-524. DOI: 10.1080/17470919.2012.667573.

    Samson, A. C. (2012). The influence of empathizing and systemizing on humor processing: Theory of Mind and humor. Humor: International Journal of Humor research, 25(1), 75-98.

    Samson, A. C. & Gross, J. J. (2012). Humor as emotion regulation: The differential consequences of negative versus positive humor. Cognition & Emotion, 26, 2, 375-384. DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2011.585069.

    Samson, A. C., Huber, O., & Gross, J. J. (2012). Emotion regulation in Asperger’s syndrome and High Functioning Autism. Emotion, 12(4), 659-665. DOI: 10.1037/a0027975.

    Samson, A. C., Lackner, H. K., Weiss, E. M., & Papousek, I. (2012). Perception of other people's mental states affects humor in social anxiety. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 43, 625-631. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2011.08.007.

    Samson, A. C. & Hempelmann, C. F. (2011). Jokes and cartoons with and without background incongruity: Does more required suspension of disbelief affect humor perception? Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 24(4), 167-186. DOI: 10.1515/HUMR.2011.11

    Samson, A. C., Huber, O., & Ruch, W. (2011). Teasing, ridiculing and the relation to the fear of being laughed at in individuals with Asperger’s syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41, 475-483. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-010-1071-2.

    Samson, A. C., Proyer, R. T., Ceschi, G., Pedrini, P. P. & Ruch, W. (2011). Fearing to be laughed at in Switzerland: Regional differences and the role of positive psychology. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 70(2), 53-62. DOI: 10.1024/1421-0185/a000039.

    Samson, A. C., Scheuerecker, J., Schoepf, V., Wiesmann, M., Meisenzahl, E., & Frodl, T. (2011). Brain activation predicts treatment improvement in patients with Major Depressive Disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 1214-1222. DOI:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2011.03.009.

    Samson, A. C. & Hegenloh, M. (2010). Stimulus properties affect humor processing in individuals with Asperger syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40(4), 438-447. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-009-0885-2.

    Samson, A. C. & Huber, O. W. (2010). Short German versions of empathizing and systemizing self-assessment scales. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 69(4), 239-244. DOI: 10.1024/1421-0185/a000028.

    Samson, A. C. & Meyer, Y. N. (2010). Perception of aggressive humor in relation to gelotophobia, gelotophilia and katagelasticism. Special issue, Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling, 52(2), 217-230.

    Samson, A. C., Thibault, P., Proyer, R. T. & Ruch, W. (2010). The subjective assessment of the fear of being laughed at (gelotophobia): French adaptation of the GELOPH<15> questionnaire. European Review of Applied Psychology / Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée, 60, 4, 247-253. DOI:10.1016/j.erap.2010.07.002.

    Proyer, R. T., Ruch, W., Ali, N. S., Al-Olimat, H. S., Amemiya, T., . . . Samson, A. C., . . . Ruch, W. (2009). Breaking ground in cross-cultural research on the fear of being laughed at (gelotophobia): A multi-national study involving 73 countries. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 22(1-2), 253–279. DOI 10.1515/HUMR.2009.012.

    Samson, A. C., Hempelmann, C. F., Huber, O. & Zysset, S. (2009). Neural substrates of incongruity-resolution and nonsense humor. Neuropsychologia, 47, 1023-1033.

    Samson, A. C., Zysset, S. & Huber, O. (2008). Cognitive humor processing: Different logical mechanisms in non-verbal cartoons – an fMRI study. Social Neuroscience, 3(2), 125-140.

    Samson, A. C. & Huber, O. (2007). The interaction of cartoonist’s gender and formal features of cartoons. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 20(1), 1-25.

    Zysset, S., Huber, O., Samson, A., Ferstl, E. C. & von Cramon, D. Y. (2003). Functional specialization within the anterior medial prefrontal cortex: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study with human subjects. Neuroscience Letters, 335, 183-186.

  • Monographs

    Samson, A. C. (2016). Emotion dysregulation in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Cumulative Habilitation, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

    Samson, A. C. (2009). Cognitive and neural humor processing: Stimulus characteristics and Theory of Mind. PhD Thesis. University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

    Samson, A. C. (2003). Humor und Cartoons: Der Einfluss des Geschlechtes auf die Stilelemente von Cartoonisten und Cartoonistinnen [Humor and cartoons: The impact of gender on style elements of cartoonists]. Lizentiat. University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

  • Book Chapters (peer-reviewed)

    Stöckli, S., Schulte-Mecklenbeck, M., Borer, S., & Samson, A. C. (in press). Automated Emotional Facial Expression Analysis. In M. Schulte-Mecklenbeck & A. Kuehberger (Eds). A Handbook of Process Tracing Methods for Decision Research: A Critical Review and User’s Guide, 2nd Edition. New York: Taylor & Francis.

    Samson, A. C. (2014). Brain, Neuropsychology of Humor. In S. Attardo (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Humor: A Social History (pp 88-92). Los Angeles: SAGE publications.

    Samson, A. C. (2014). Psychiatric disorders. In S. Attardo (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Humor: A Social History (pp 600-602). Los Angeles: SAGE publications.

    Samson, A. C. (2014). Characteristics of humorous stimuli. In S. Attardo (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Humor: A Social History (pp 373-375). Los Angeles: SAGE publications.

    Samson, A. C. & Gross, J. J. (2014). The dark and light sides of humor: an emotion regulation perspective. In J. Gruber & J. Moskowitz (Eds.): The Dark and Light Sides of Positive Emotion (pp. 169-182). New York: Oxford University Press.

    Beermann, U. & Samson, A. C. (2012). Humor: Haben Sie bitte Spass! [Humor: Please have fun!]. In: R. Zihlmann, D. Jungo, & Ch. Steinebach (Eds.). Positive Psychologie in der Praxis (pp. 68-75). Weinheim: Beltz.

    Hempelmann, C. F. & Samson, A. C. (2008). Cartoons: Drawn Jokes? In: V. Raskin (Ed.). The Primer of Humor Research (pp. 609-640). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

    Hempelmann, C. F. & Samson, A. C. (2007). Visual punning: merely analogical description or similar pseudological mechanism? In S. Attardo & D. Popa (Eds). New Approaches to the Linguistics of Humor (pp. 180-196). Galati: Dunarea de Jos.

  • Non peer-reviewed

    Samson, A. C. & Beermann, U. (2006). Humor und Lachen: Wonach suchen Humorforscher? [Humor and Laughter: What are humor researchers looking for?] Psychoscope, 9, 10-12.

Research Projects

  • Current Research Projects

    My research focuses on affective processes such as positive emotions, humor, and emotion regulation and their relation to mental health and well-being in clinical and non-clinical populations. For example, I am interested in understanding complex socio-emotional processes and how they relate to each other, as well as how they serve as protective or risk factors in the development of anxiety symptoms in neurodevelopmental disorders, e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Williams syndrome, and Intellectual Disability. I am also developing tools to promote emotional competences in different populations, such as through online interventions or board games.

    Current Funding : 2018-2022: SNSF Professorship, PP00P1_176722: The Differential Roles of Positive Emotions and Emotion Regulation for Socio-Emotional Processes in Developmental Disabilities: Insights for Future Interventions.

    2018-2020 : Research support from the Swiss Distance Learning University.

  • Previous Projects

    2015-2018 : Ambizione Fellowship awarded by the SNSF at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland (36 months); PZ00P1_154937: Emotion Dysregulation in Psychopathology: Pathway to an Innovative Neuroconnectivity-Informed Intervention.

    2016-2017 : NCCR of Affective Sciences - Research Funding (Co-PI with Prof. David Sander): A Novel Positive Emotion Regulation Intervention for Young Children: Emotional Learning in the School Context.

    2015-2015 : Return Fellowship from the SNSF at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland (accepted 6 of 12 months awarded); PA00P1_136380: Emotion Reactivity and Regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

    2011-2015 : Postdoctoral Position at the Department of Psychology, Stanford University; awarded with the Fellowship for Advanced Researchers of the SNSF (40 months); PA00P1_136380: Emotion Reactivity and Regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

    2010-2011 : Postdoctoral Position at the Department of Psychology, Stanford University; awarded with the Fellowship for Prospective Researchers of the SNSF (18 months); PBFRP1-127896: Humor and Emotion Regulation.

Supervision of PhD Theses

  • Current PhD Theses

    Alexandra Zaharia: Promoting emotion regulation comptences and positive emotions in adolescents (Co-supervision with Prof. David Sander, University of Geneva).

    Noémie Treichel: Positive Emotions in neurodevelopmental disorders.

    Nicolas Bressoud (HEP-VS): Character Strengths: promoting well-being in inclusive settings (Co-supervision with Prof. Philippe Gay, HEP-VS and Prof. Rebecca Shankland, Carrières Sociales, Université de Grenoble Alpes, France). 

    Aikaterini Giannadou (University of Sheffield): Trial-to-trial variablilty of cortical oscillation patterns in Autism Sepctrum Conditions (Co-supervision with Dr. Elizabeth Milne and Dr. Megan Freeth, School of Psychology, University of Sheffield).