Information related to research interest "Emotion"

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Supervisors with this research interest

  • Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Nat Sch Psychology

  • Professor Peter Rendell

    Professor Peter Rendell is director of the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre at Australian Catholic University. The centre conducts experimental psychology research in the field of cognitive and neuropsychology. He has a focus on cognitive ageing with a particular interest in prospective memory (memory for future intentions such as keeping appointments and taking medication) and episodic future thinking (ability to imagine future events and show foresight). He is also interested in memory in various other groups including autism, chronic heart failure and substance users. In addition, he is currently investigating emotional processing and social cognition in older adults and various clinical groups.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3126 (Melbourne) Email : Peter.Rendell@acu.edu.au

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  • Dr Francesco Foroni

    Dr. Foroni conducts research on the interplay between affective and cognitive processes involved in social perception and judgments.
    He investigates, for instance, how people process emotion information and emotion expressions and how these processes influence perception and judgements. One line of research investigates how proprioceptive information about our own bodyA (e.g., facial feedback) are at the base of emotion information processing and how this proprioceptive information guides our explicit judgments and fast implicit evaluative processes.
    His research agenda also includes a growing line of research on perceptual, affective and cognitive processes involved in food choice. In collaboration with an interdisciplinary group of neuroscientists, medical doctors and neuropsychologists he is developing a research program with a novel approach to food research combining paradigms assessing implicit and explicit attitudes, decision making, and preference with neuroscientific techniques with the aim to directly apply the results to clinical and healthy populations. For instance, he is investigating how we categorizes different types of food and which factors (e.g., implicit/explicit evaluations) drive food/beverage preferences and choices.

    Other topics of interest include social perception, categorization, and group perception.

    His research is characterized by an integrated approach and has employed classical social cognitive behavioral methods together with electrophysiological and neuroscientific techniques also in healthy and clinical groups.

    Phone : 4538 (Strathfield) Email : francesco.foroni@acu.edu.au

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  • Dr Peter Koval

    My research lies at the intersection of social, personality and clinical psychology with a focus on emotional processes.
    I study emotional functioning in daily life using 'experience sampling' or 'ecological momentary assessment.' This involves collecting intensive longitudinal data (e.g., many repeated measurements of emotions from each individual) and therefore requires use of non-standard statistics. Hence, I also have an interest in multilevel modeling, especially in relation to studying within-person variability and change over time.
    Substantively, I am interested in how people experience and regulate their emotions in response to everyday events, and how these processes relate to well-being and psychopathology.
    For example, I have examined how negative emotions fluctuate over time among people with varying levels of depressive symptoms, as well as among young people diagnosed with clinical depression.
    I have also investigated how patterns of emotional change over time are related to the strategies people habitually use to regulate their emotions, as well as to environmental factors (e.g., social stress).
    I am currently involved in several trials of novel online interventions for young people with psychosis and depression and their carers, in collaboration with Professor John Gleeson (ACU) and researchers at Orygen (the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health).

    Phone : (Melbourne) Email : peter.koval@acu.edu.au

  • Dr Izelle Labuschagne

    I am a clinical neuroscientist and a Research Fellow in the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre within the School of Psychology at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. In addition to training as a neuroscientist, I also obtained accredited training in Psychology during my undergraduate studies at Monash University and at Swinburne University of Technology.

    Within our Centre, I lead a major program of research on social cognitive neurosciences. This involves directing a group of researchers and students on research involving oxytocin and human participants in studies involving healthy ageing as well as clinical groups (e.g., social anxiety disorder).

    My research examines the social cognitive and emotional processes in humans, and in particular, how psychiatric illnesses and ageing affect these processes. I also examine how, when and why the healthy ageing brain, show declines in core social cognitive functions. My research incorporates a variety of brain imaging techniques (such as fMRI, DTI, EEG, EMG, tDCS, and fNIRS), cognitive assessments, and neuropsychopharmacological manipulations. I have conducted randomised and double-blind placebo-controlled trials in humans investigating the effects of antidepressants such as SSRIs, serotonergic precursors such as tryptophan, and more recently, neuropeptides such as oxytocin. My research uses both healthy as well as clinical samples including social anxiety disorder, Huntington's disease and body image disorders. Using a variety of research methods, I strive to understand the neurobiological mechanisms implicated in dysfunctional social cognitive and emotional processes in humans, with an aim to improve quality of life and develop more refined and targeted treatment options for mental health disorders.

    Phone : 03 9953 3816 (Melbourne) Email : izelle.labuschagne@acu.edu.au

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  • Dr Gill Terrett

    Educational and developmental psychology. Sub-topics including: temperament, social and emotional development in children, family functioning and peer relations

    Phone : (03) 9953 3121 (Melbourne) Email : Gill.Terrett@acu.edu.au

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  • Dr Megan Louise Willis

    My primary research interests are in social cognition, emotion processing and cognitive neuropsychology. My research has focused on understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in processing emotional expressions and making social judgements. My research also aims to uncover the reasons why certain people have difficulties recognising the emotional expressions of others and using emotional expressions to guide their social judgements. My research has primarily employed cognitive neuropsychological, electrophysiological and behavioural techniques.

    Phone : (02) 9701 4501 (Strathfield) Email : Megan.Willis@acu.edu.au

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