Navigating our Emotions
Redmond Barry Building
Research in emotion regulation has led to important discoveries regarding how people regulate emotions, but we know less about why and when people regulate emotions. In this talk, I will present a control model of emotion regulation. The model seeks to explain what motivates emotion regulation, what triggers its initiation, and what determines how much effort is devoted to it. I will discuss three hypotheses derived from the model: (1) emotion regulation is dictated by emotion goals, (2) emotion regulation is shaped by discrepancies between current and desired emotions, and (3) emotion regulation depends on both the content and the intensity of motivation. I will present some empirical findings that speak to these hypotheses and review open questions and future directions.
Professor Maya Tamir is the Chair of the Psychology Department and the director of the Emotion and Self-Regulation Laboratory at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is an expert in emotion and emotion regulation. Her research examines motivational factors in emotion regulation and their implications for social and psychological functioning. She received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed her post-doctoral training at Stanford University. She served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Emotion, and Emotion Review, received both national and international awards, and her research has been funded by leading agencies in the US, Europe, and Israel.