dr. M. Stel (Mariëlle)

Associate Professor


My research focuses on the dynamics of human interaction. More specifically, I am interested in how nonverbal behaviors play a role in human interactions, for instance in people's understanding of each other's emotions. Another line of my research focuses on the elicitation, detection, and consequences of deception.

See http://mariellestel.com for more information and the most recent list of publications


Van Veldhuizen, T., Horselenberg, R., Stel, M., Landstrom, S., Granhag, P. A., & van Koppen, P. (2017). The provenance of émigrés: The validity of measuring knowledge of places. Psychology, crime & law, 23(6), 553-574. DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2017.1284219
Stel, M., van Dijk, E., & van Baaren, R. B. (2016). When and Why Mimicry is Facilitated and Attenuated. Social and personality psychology compass, 10(10), 561-574. DOI: 10.1111/spc3.12269
Stel, M. (2016). The role of mimicry in understanding the emotions of others. In U. Hess, & A. Fischer (Eds.), Emotional Mimicry in Social Context (pp. 27-43). (Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction). Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781107587595.003
Other Contributions
  • Stel, M. & Van Koningsbruggen, G. M. (2015). Healthy food consumption in young women. The influence of others' eating behavior and body weight appearance. Appetite, 90, 240-247.
  • Stel, M., Van Dijk, E., Smith, P. K., & Van Dijk, W.W., & Djalal, F. M. (2012). Lowering the pitch of your voice makes you feel more powerful and think more abstractly. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 497-502.
  • Stel, M., Van Dijk, E., & Olivier, E. (2009). You want to know the truth? Then don’t mimic! Psychological Science, 20, 693-699.
  • Stel, M. & Van Knippenberg, A. (2008). The role of facial mimicry in the recognition of affect. Psychological Science, 19, 984-985.
  • Stel, M., Heuvel, van den, C., & Smeets, R.C. (2008). Facial feedback mechanisms in Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 1250–1258.

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Mariëlle stel is involved in teaching for the courses and programmes listed below and is also supervision of Bachelor and Master Theses for these programmes.

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room C 239b
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  C 239b
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands