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EVENT: Psychology Colloquium: Professor Ottmar Lipp: The many faces of fear

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School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University

After completing my PhD at the University of Giessen, Germany, I joined the School of Psychology, University of Queensland as a post-doctoral researcher (1990-93) and member of the academic staff (1994-2014). I was awarded an ARC Australian Professional Fellowship in 2007 and a UQ Vice Chancellor's Research Fellowship in 2012. In 2014, I joined Curtin University as a Professor in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology. My teaching covers courses in Human Associative Learning, Psychophysiology, and Behavioural Neuroscience. My research, both basic and applied, is concerned with emotion, attention and their interaction. In particular, it is concerned with the processes involved in the acquisition of likes and dislikes and with the manner in which emotionally salient events are processed.

Title: The many faces of fear

There is currently little question that associative learning is critically involved in the acquisition of emotional responses, be they positive like preferences or negative like fear and anxiety. However, less is known about the manner in which we can reduce emotional responses once acquired and how we can make this reduction lasting to avoid, for instance, relapse after successful treatment of an anxiety disorder. One way to address this issue is to explore the acquisition and extinction of human fear learning, in particular the resistance to extinction observed for so-called fear relevant stimuli related to animal fear (snakes and spiders), interpersonal fear (angry faces) or intergroup fear (other race faces). I will present a series of studies that have investigated the similarities and differences in fear conditioning across these different stimulus domains. A second approach is to delineate the circumstances under which recovery of fear after successful extinction can be observed. Preliminary data from our lab suggest that these may be more varied than was thought originally.
Speaker(s) Professor Ottmar Lipp PhD, FASSA, FAPS
Location Bayliss Lecture theatre, Chemistry G33
Contact Admin Psy <[email protected]> : 64883267
Start Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:00
End Tue, 24 Mar 2015 02:00
Submitted by Admin Psy <[email protected]>
Last Updated Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:17
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