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Venue: Number 177, Hoxton
Doors: 7pm Talk starts: 7.30pm
Moods, feelings, emotions – they motivate and drive us, but can also inhibit and paralyse us.
Can we control them? How does emotional control develop? Are some people better at controlling their emotions than others? Emotional control is critical to navigating through our highly emotional environments. In daily life we encounter myriads of potentially emotive sensations, some subtle others intense. They can be triggered externally – hearing noxious building noise or seeing the smile of a loved one – as well as internally, for example, when we remember happy or sad, sometimes unwanted, memories.
Occasionally… our ability to regulate our emotions is impaired and we become overwhelmed by these affective experiences. Over time this loss of emotional control can lead to mental health problems. This talk will focus on my research investigating emotional control through the lens of affective neuroscience and psychology. I study how humans control their emotions and how this ability develops across the lifespan.
Most importantly I will discuss findings from our neuroimaging and experimental studies, which show that we can train our ability to control our emotions using techniques ranging from psychological treatments to smartphone apps.
Dr Susanne Schweizer is an affective neuroscientist at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN). Her research is aimed at identifying new targets for interventions that prevent and treat mental health problems. During her PhD and postdoc at the University of Cambridge, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit she has focused on how cognitive abilities interact with emotions in individuals with good and those with poor mental health, particularly depression and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Since joining the ICN Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group as a Sir Henry Wellcome fellow she has extended her work to understand how these abilities develop across the lifespan. This summer 2018 she will be taking her research into “the wild” with the launch of an app that makes emotional control games available to everyone. The games allow players to track their emotional control performance together with their mood. This research will provide important insights into our understanding of how we apply emotional control in the real life.
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