Early Career Researcher Award Address & John Turner Medalist Address

Emotion Regulation in the Wild

Dr Elise Kalokerinos (University of Newcastle)

The ability to self-regulate is at the heart of effective functioning. My research focuses on understanding and harnessing this critical skill, with a particular focus on the regulation of emotion—a domain in which regulation failures are both common and costly. In this talk, I will discuss the research I have done so far towards understanding successful emotion regulation. In this research, I use experience sampling to track emotion regulation “in the wild”, mapping dynamic emotional processes during personally meaningful events. I will discuss some ways in which our regulatory instincts are flawed, as well as some regulatory skills that can help us counteract emotion regulation failures.

Elise is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow and Lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Newcastle. She completed her PhD in social psychology at the University of Queensland in June 2014, and from October 2014-February 2018, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Research Group of Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences at KU Leuven in Belgium. From 2016-2018 she was supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the European Union.


Intergroup Communication: The Language and Social Psychology Approach

Professor Cindy Gallois (The University of Queensland)

In this talk, I will explore the uniquely social-psychological ways in which we can study language and communication in intergroup contexts – gender, age, culture and ethnicity, organisations, health, law, dress and appearance, and many others.  Language and communication are our most central qualities as humans, and the increasing emphasis on the details and dynamics in this area is very important to our field.  It brings challenges, however, including the need for broad theoretical and methodological perspectives, and the need for interdisciplinary work.  One reason for this is that language and communication always exist in a context – and when that context is intergroup (which it usually is), it implicates everything from neural processes through attitudes, beliefs, and identity to – most importantly – behaviour.  I will talk about the implications through my own history and research, as well as reflecting on the skills we need as social psychologists to make a difference to intergroup communication and thence intergroup relations through our research on language and communication.

Cindy Gallois is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland, and a Fellow of ASSA (from 2000) and SESP (from 2009).  She has made a significant contribution to social psychology in Australia through her research achievements, student supervision and mentoring, contribution to SASP as a regular, energetic, involved presenter and participant, and as President (1997-1999).  She is a leading expert on intergroup language and communication and has contributed to the development and extension of Communication Accommodation Theory and its utility in the health sector and in organisational and intercultural contexts.  Her career began as a Lecturer in 1976 at Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, then the University of Queensland (from 1979; Professor, 1996).  Along with SASP, she has served as President of the International Communication Association (2001-2, Fellow from 2007) and the International Association of Language and Social Psychology (2002-4, Fellow from 2012), and has been editor of Human Communication Research (1995-98) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology (2005-11).  She was President of the UQ Academic Board (1998-2000) and Associate Dean (Research) and Deputy Executive Dean/ED of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (2003-09), and a member of the ARC College of Experts (2001-2003, 2008).

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