EVENT: Psychology Colloquium: Dr. Ben Grafton: The attentional basis of variability in positive emotional disposition
|Psychology Colloquium: Dr. Ben Grafton: The attentional basis of variability in positive emotional disposition
School of Psychology, University of Western Australia
Ben has been a student in the UWA School of Psychology for the last 10 years or so. He completed his honours thesis, Masters of Psychology (Clinical) and PhD under the supervision of Prof colin MacLeod. This culminated in Ben being awarded the 2014 Robert Street Prize for outstanding Phd thesis. The aims of the research Ben has carried out across his career, to date, have been twofold:
1)to delineate the patterns of biased information processing that associated with individual differences in emotional vulnerability and emotional well-being; and
2)to determine the causal nature of the association between each such processing bias and emotional disposition.
Ben is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion (CARE), in the School of Psychology at UWA, under the guidance of...well if you don't know by now you haven't been reading this bio carefully enough.
Title: The attentional basis of variability in positive emotional disposition
Despite theoretical interest in, and beneficial outcomes associated with, high positive emotional disposition, investigators have only recently sought to develop a sophisticated understanding of the psychological mechanisms that underpin this disposition. In this colloquium, I will present an overview of my PhD research program, which took an important first step in this direction by seeking to establish the attentional basis of variability in positive emotional disposition. The reported studies show that attentional bias to positive information not only characterises, but also can make a causal contribution to, elevated levels of this disposition. The ways in which this work intersects with research that I, and others, are presently carrying out at UWA School of Psychology's Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion (CARE) will also be discussed.
Dr. Ben Grafton
Bayliss Lecture Theatre, Chemistry, G33
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 01:00
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 02:00
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