Wellbeing for Frontline Staff

Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice Dr Rebecca Crane, Director CMRP In a time of crisis, frontline workers need ongoing support to help maintain wellbeing and health. Psychotherapy, counselling and mindfulness training may be of benefit after the crisis when many will need space to process the sadness, trauma and grief that they have been…

By JuanParki 26 March 2020 0

Optimal Functioning: How can we help people perform to the best of their abilities?

This boils down to effective goal achievement, and an overarching research perspective of my lab concerns the interface of motivation with cognition and behaviour. The components of interest to me are: (1) Motivation (as defined through Self-Determination theory); (2) Individual differences in future- oriented thinking (e.g. strategic optimism vs defensive pessimism); (3) Behavioural and Cognitive…

By JuanParki 20 November 2018 1

Giving Health Purpose

Historically, the discipline of psychology has been devoted to the practice of healing. Aligned with a disease model of human functioning in which ‘mental health’ is described purely as the absence of illness, traditional psychological study has prioritised the alleviation of mental disorder. However, this approach fails to consider the importance and value of pre-emptively…

By Rhi Willmot 2 May 2017 0

When Happy Met Healthy

Adjacent possibility theory describes how small alterations can achieve great impact. It is argued that by mapping the current dispositional state of a population, and identifying patterns of behaviour that are adjacent but more desirable to the current, individuals can be directed to a more achievable alternative. This gradual approach to change is thought to be…

By Rhi Willmot 16 June 2016 0

What is Motivation?

Whilst willpower is considered as an essential tool with which to maintain effortful, goal-directed behaviour, it is equally important to address how such behaviour can be initially motivated. When an individual is first faced with the task of changing their behaviour, motivation may appear a slippery commodity. Moreover, encouraging populations to become motivated in the…

By Rhi Willmot 5 April 2016 0

The Particular Importance of Keeping Cold

Dual-process theory describes the existence of two decision-making systems; the evaluative, rational ‘cold’ and the impulsive, instinctive ‘hot’. Cognitive bias can influence both systems, however we are more likely to employ bias when the cold system is compromised, given its lower effort requirement as a decision-making tool. Although cognitive biases can help us to make…

By Rhi Willmot 19 March 2016 0

Out of Time vs. Out of Touch

Dual-process theory describes the existence of two systems, which largely dictate how we make decisions. The complications and complexities of modern life often mean that our resource-dependent ‘cold’ system can become overwhelmed – we simply don’t have the cognitive capacity to make decision after decision in a rational manner. Cognitive biases refer to mental representations which…

By Rhi Willmot 18 February 2016 0