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The process basis of emotion dynamics in relation to psychological well-being and maladjustment.

Our well-being is not only reflected in how we feel on average, but also in how our feelings change. Studying the patterns and regularities of these changes provides a wealth of information about how we emotionally respond to events and how we regulate our emotions, for better or for worse. While we know that these emotion dynamics play an important role for our well-being, researchers have yet come to understand what lies at the basis of particular patterns of emotion dynamics. With this project, we aim to uncover the processes that underlie how peoples feelings vary across time and carry over from one moment to the next, and how they impact their well-being. The basic idea we want to examine in this respect is that emotion dynamics are to a large extent determined by how people deal with emotionally laden information. The outcome of this project is expected to provide concrete insights into factors contributing to human thriving and suffering, and provide clues to how we can cultivate the former and combat the latter.
Date:1 Jan 2012 →  31 Dec 2015
Keywords:Depression, Emotion, Affect, Happiness, Dynamics, Well-being, Mood disorder
Disciplines:Biological and physiological psychology, General psychology, Other psychology and cognitive sciences