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K. (Kunalan) Manokara MSc

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Social Psychology

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Room number: 2.34
Postal address
  • Postbus 15900
    1001 NK Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Positive emotions lie at the core of my research interests. Broadly speaking, I examine how ‘feel good’ emotions relate to social and psychological phenomena. These include expressive behaviours, cultural norms, prosocial outcomes, and socioeconomic status. 

    I am currently employed as a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), where I am jointly supervised by Agneta Fischer and Disa Sauter. For my PhD project, we investigate how multiple positive emotions are expressed (through a mix of facial and bodily actions), and evaluate the role of social and cultural factors in regulating these emotion displays. 

    Prior to this, I completed an MPhil in Psychology at the University of Queensland (Australia), and an MSc in Social Cognition at University College London (United Kingdom). My academic journey started at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), where I read a double major in Psychology (BA Hons) and History.

  • Publications


    • Manokara, K., Fischer, A., & Sauter, D. (2022). Display Rules Differ Between Positive Emotions: Not All That Feels Good Looks Good. Emotion.



    • Sharman, L. S., Dingle, G. A., Baker, M., Fischer, A., Gračanin, A., Kardum, I., Manley, H., Manokara, K., Pattara-angkoon, S., Vingerhoets, A. J. J. M., & Vanman, E. J. (2019). The Relationship of Gender Roles and Beliefs to Crying in an International Sample. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, [2288]. [details]


    • Manokara, K., Cong, Y., Fischer, A. & Sauter, D. (2021). APS Student Grant Competition.
    • Manokara, K. (2020). EASP Seedcorn Grant.
    • Manokara, K., Zwicker, M., Engels, T. & Sauter, D. (2019). Universitas 21 Graduate Collaborative Research Award.


    • Manokara, K. (2021-2022). Kunalan has been elected to the Executive Board of the APS Student Caucus. He will serve as the Graduate Advocate for 2021-2022., Executive Board - Association for Psychological Science (APS) Student Caucus.
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  • Ancillary activities
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