Janis Heinrich Zickfeld

Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Psychology
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Mobile phone +47-455 64 234
Room S03-22
Available hours By agreement
Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Social Sciences (Student)

Academic interests

  • Social psychology

  • Emotions

  • Interpersonal relations

  • Media Nostalgia

  • Empathy


My PhD project focuses on the positive social emotion kama muta. In vernacular English this state is captured best by the terms being moved or touched. We are peculiarly interested in examining the physiological components and what kind of motivations this affective state encompasses. We expect states of kama muta to result in increased communal tendencies such as prosocial behavior.


  • PhD candidate in Experimental Social Psychology, PSI, from May 2016

  • Research assistant, PSI, 2014 – 2016

  • MPhil Health and Social Psychology, University of Oslo, December 2015

  • BSc Psychology, University of Groningen, January 2014

Tags: Social Psychology


  • Steinnes, Kamilla Knutsen; Blomster, Johanna Katarina; Seibt, Christa Beate; Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich & Fiske, Alan P. (2019). Too Cute for Words: Cuteness Evokes the Heartwarming Emotion of Kama Muta. Frontiers in Psychology.  ISSN 1664-1078.  10(387) . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00387
  • Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich; Schubert, Thomas; Seibt, Beate & Fiske, Alan P. (2019). Moving Through the Literature: What Is the Emotion Often Denoted Being Moved?. Emotion Review.  ISSN 1754-0739. . doi: 10.1177/1754073918820126
  • IJzerman, Hans; Lindenberg, Siegwart; Dalgar, Ilker; Weissgerber, Sophia C.; Vergara, Rodrigo C.; Cairo, Athena; Čolić, Marija V.; Dursun, Pinar; Frankowska, Natalia; Hadi, Rhonda; Hall, Calvin J.; Hong, Youngki; Hu, Chuan-Peng; Joy-Gaba, Jennifer; Lazarević, Dušanka; Lazarević, Ljiljana B.; Parzuchowski, Michal; Ratner, Kyle G.; Rothman, David; Sim, Samantha; Simão, Cláudia; Song, Mengdi; Stojilović, Darko; Blomster, Johanna Katarina; Brito, Rodrigo; Hennecke, Marie; Jaume-Guazzin, Francisco; Schubert, Thomas; Schütz, Astrid; Seibt, Christa Beate & Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich (2018). The Human Penguin Project: Climate, Social Integration, and Core Body Temperature. Collabra: Psychology.  ISSN 2474-7394.  4(1) . doi: http://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.165
  • Moshontz, Hannah; Campbell, Lorne; Ebersole, Charles R.; IJzerman, Hans; Urry, Heather L.; Forscher, Patrick S.; Grahe, Jon E.; McCarthy, Randy J.; Musser, Erica D.; Antfolk, Jan; Castille, Christopher M.; Evans, Thomas Rhys; Fielder, Susann; Flake, Jessica Kay; Forero, Diego A.; Janssen, Steve M.J.; Keene, Justin Robert; Protzko, John; Aczel, Balazs; Solas, Sara Alvarez; Ansari, Daniel; Awlia, Dana; Baskin, Ernest; Batres, Carlota; Borras-Guevara, Martha Lucia; Brick, Cameron; Chandel, Priyanka; Chatard, Armand; Chopik, William J.; Clarance, David; Coles, Nicholas A.; Corker, Katherine S.; Dixson, Barnaby James Wyld; Dranseika, Vilius; Dunham, Yarrow; Fox, Nicholas W.; Gardiner, Gwendolyn; Garrison, Mason; Gill, Tripat; Hahn, Amanda C.; Jaeger, Bastian; Kacmar, Pavol; Kaminski, Gwenael; Kanske, Philipp; Kekecs, Zoltan; Kline, Melissa; Koehn, Monica A.; Kujur, Pratibha; Levitan, Carmel A.; Miller, Jeremy K.; Okan, Ceylan; Olsen, Jerome; Oviedo-Trespalacios, Oscar; Ozdogru, Asil Ali; Pande, Babita; Parganiha, Arti; Parveen, Noorshama; Pfuhl, Gerit; Pradhan, Sraddha; Ropovik, Ivan; Rule, Nicholas Ol; Saunders, Blair; Schei, Vidar; Schmidt, Kathleen; Singh, Margaret Messiah; Sirota, Miroslav; Steltenpohl, Crysal N.; Stieger, Stefan; Storage, Daniel; Sullivan, Gavin Brent; Szabelska, Anna; Tamnes, Christian Krog; Vadillo, Miguel A.; Valentova, Jaroslava V.; Vanpaemel, Wolf; Varella, Marco A. C.; Vergauwe, Evie; Verschoor, Mark; Vianello, Michelangelo; Voracek, Martin; Williams, Glenn P.; Wilson, John Paul; Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich; Arnal, Jack D.; Aydin, Burak; Chen, Sau-Chin; DeBruine, Lisa M.; Fernandez, Ana Maria; Horstmann, Kai T.; Isager, Peder M.; Jones, Benedict; Kapucu, Aycan; Lin, Hause; Mensink, Michael C.; Navarrete, Gorka; Silan, Miguel A. & Chartier, Christopher R. (2018). The Psychological Science Accelerator: Advancing Psychology Through a Distributed Collaborative Network. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science (AMPPS).  ISSN 2515-2467.  1(4), s 501- 515 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Schubert, Thomas; Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich; Seibt, Beate & Fiske, Alan Page (2018). Moment-to-moment changes in feeling moved match changes in closeness, tears, goosebumps, and warmth: time series analyses. Cognition & Emotion.  ISSN 0269-9931.  32(1), s 174- 184 . doi: 10.1080/02699931.2016.1268998
  • Seibt, Beate; Schubert, Thomas; Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich & Fiske, Alan Page (2018). Touching the Base: Heart-Warming Ads from the 2016 U.S. Election Moved Viewers to Partisan Tears. Cognition & Emotion.  ISSN 0269-9931. . doi: 10.1080/02699931.2018.1441128 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich; Kunst, Jonas R. & Hohle, Sigrid Møyner (2018). Too sweet to eat: Exploring the effects of cuteness on meat consumption. Appetite.  ISSN 0195-6663.  120, s 181- 195 . doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.08.038 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich & Schubert, Thomas (2018). Warm and Touching Tears: Tearful Individuals are Perceived as Warmer Because We Assume They Feel Moved and Touched. Cognition & Emotion.  ISSN 0269-9931.  32(8), s 1691- 1699 . doi: 10.1080/02699931.2018.1430556 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich; Schubert, Thomas; Seibt, Beate; Blomster, Johanna Katarina; Arriaga, Patrícia; Basabe, Nekane; Blaut, Agata; Caballero, A.; Carrera, Pilar; Dalgar, Ilker; Ding, Yi; Dumont, K; Gaulhofer, Valerie; Gračanin, Asmir; Gyenis, Réka; Hu, Chuan-Peng; Kardum, Igor; Lazarević, Ljiljana; Mathew, Leemamol; Mentser, Sari; Nussinson, Ravit; Onuki, Mayuko; Páez, Darío; Pásztor, Anna; Peng, Kaiping; Petrović, Boban; Pizarro, José J.; Schönefeld, Victoria; Śmieja, Magdalena; Tokaji, Akihiko; Vingerhoets, Ad; Vorster, Anja; Vuoskoski, Jonna Katariina; Zhu, Lei & Fiske, Alan Page (2018). Kama Muta: Conceptualizing and Measuring the Experience Often Labelled Being Moved Across 19 Nations and 15 Languages. Emotion.  ISSN 1528-3542. . doi: 10.1037/emo0000450
  • Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich; van de Ven, Niels; Schubert, Thomas & Vingerhoets, Ad J.J.M. (2018). Are tearful individuals perceived as less competent? Probably not.. Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology.  ISSN 2374-3603.
  • Schubert, Thomas; Seibt, Beate; Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich; Blomster, Johanna Katarina & Fiske, Alan Page (2017). Being moved is a positive emotion, and emotions should not be equated with their vernacular labels.. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.  ISSN 0140-525X.  40(e374), s 39 . doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X17001820
  • Seibt, Beate; Schubert, Thomas; Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich & Fiske, Alan Page (2017). Interpersonal closeness and morality predict feelings of being moved. Emotion.  ISSN 1528-3542.  17(3), s 389- 394 . doi: 10.1037/emo0000271 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Seibt, Beate; Schubert, Thomas; Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich; Zhu, Lei; Arriaga, Patrícia; Simão, Cláudia; Nussinson, Ravit & Fiske, Alan Page (2017). Kama Muta: Similar emotional responses to touching videos across the US, Norway, China, Israel, and Portugal. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.  ISSN 0022-0221.  49(3), s 418- 435 . doi: 10.1177/0022022117746240
  • Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich; Schubert, Thomas; Seibt, Beate & Fiske, Alan Page (2017). Empathic Concern is Part of A More General Communal Emotion. Frontiers in Psychology.  ISSN 1664-1078.  8(MAY) . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00723 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich & Schubert, Thomas (2016). Revisiting and Extending a Response Latency Measure of Inclusion of the Other in the Self. Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology.  ISSN 2374-3603.  1(1-3), s 106- 129 . doi: 10.1080/23743603.2017.1298356 Full text in Research Archive.

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  • Vuoskoski, Jonna Katariina; Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich; Alluri, Vinoo & Seibt, Beate (2018). Moved by music: Investigating continuous ratings and contributing musical features. Show summary
  • IJzerman, Hans; Čolić, Marija V.; Hennecke, M.; Hong, Youngki; Hu, Chuan-Peng; Joy-Gaba, Jennifer; Lazarević, Dušanka; Lazarević, Ljiljana; Parzuchowski, Michal; Ratner, Kyle G.; Schubert, Thomas; Schütz, Astrid; Stojilović, Darko; Weissgerber, Sophia C.; Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich & Lindenberg, Siegwart (2017). Does distance from the equator predict self-control? Lessons from the Human Penguin Project. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.  ISSN 0140-525X.  40:e86, s 22- 23 . doi: 10.1017/S0140525X16001035 Full text in Research Archive.

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