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Department of Psychology 2017/2018 Distinguished Alumni Speaker - Dr. Heath Demaree "Working Memory Capacity and Emotion Regulation Ability" Location Williams 134

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 03:30

Dr. Demaree received his Ph.D. in psychology with a specialization in adult clinical in 1998 (his research supervisor was Dr. David Harrison).  Generally speaking, Dr. Demaree’s research interests involve the interaction between emotional (“hot”) and cognitive (“cold”) processing.  Dr. Demaree is currently investigating how different cognitive variables – both trait (e.g., working memory capacity) and state (abstract/global versus concrete/local processing) – influence people’s automatic reactions to emotional stimuli (mostly “approach” emotions to appetitive stimuli), as well as their ability to control emotional responses. Reciprocally, he is also interested in how emotion regulation (e.g., reappraisal) alters people’s automatic motivational responses to emotional (mostly appetitive) stimuli and global/local focus.