Positive Affect: Nature, Neurochemistry and Function

2 - 6 March 2020

Venue: Lorentz Center@Snellius

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A meaningful and healthy life is characterized by a variety of positive experiences. However, despite growing appreciation of the importance of positive emotions, there is to date no integrated scientific account of what positive emotions are (nature), how they are generated in the brain (neurochemistry) and how they relate to and influence cognition (function). In this workshop we aim to build an integrative multi-disciplinary framework by bringing together researchers that study positive emotions within different disciplines, covering affective science, social and cognitive psychology and affective and clinical neuroscience.

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    Monday March 2

    10:00 – 10:30           Arrival, registration and coffee

    10:30 – 10:45           Welcome by the Lorentz Center organization

    10:45 – 11:00           Workshop organizers: explain workshop plan, main topics and goals.

                                       Mention Special Issue and grants.

    11:00 – 12:15           Blitz talks (3 minutes max) by all participants

    12:15 – 13:30           Lunch@Snellius cafeteria

    13:30 – 14:30           Today’s moderator: Michelle "Lani" Shiota

                                       Key Questions 1: What is a meaningful taxonomy of positive emotions?

                                       What is their evolutionary origin?

                                       3 talks, each 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes discussion

                                          - James A Russell

                                          - Disa Sauter

                                          - Michelle "Lani" Shiota

    14:30 – 15:00           Coffee Break

    15:00 – 16:30           Discussion of Key Questions 1 in small groups of max 5 participants.

    16:30 – 17:30           Each small group representative provides a summary of their discussion.

                                      Followed by a plenary discussion chaired by moderator.

    17:30                        Wine and Cheese party, also open to visitors

     

    The programme will be announced shortly.

    Tuesday March 3

    10:00 – 11:30           Today’s moderator: Brian Knutson

                                      Key Questions 2a: How can positive affect be induced and measured?

                                      How do hedonic states differ from (approach) motivation?

                                      4 talks, each 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes discussion

                                          - Pieter Desmet

                                          - Lotte van Dillen

                                          - Tom Johnstone

                                          - Lauri Nummenmaa

    11:30 – 13:30           Lunch@Snellius cafeteria

    13:30 – 14:30           Key Questions 2b: How do hedonic states differ from (approach) motivation?

                                        3 talks, each 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes discussion

                                          - Agnes Moors

                                          - Blair Saunders

                                          - Louk Vanderschuren

    14:30 – 15:00           Coffee Break

    15:00 – 16:30           Discussion of Key Questions 2 in small groups of max 5 participants.

    16:30 – 17:00           Each small group representative provides a summary of their discussion.

                                       Followed by a plenary discussion chaired by moderator

     

    The programme will be announced shortly.

    Wednesday March 4

    10:00 – 11:30           Today’s moderator: Gesine Dreisbach

                                       Key Questions 3a: What are positive emotions good for?

                                       4 talks, each 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes discussion

                                          - Guido Gendolla

                                          - Eran Eldar

                                          - Mathias Pessiglione

                                          - Esther K. Papies

    11:30 – 13:30           Lunch@Snellius cafeteria

    13:30 – 14:30           Key Questions 3b: How do positive affect and motivation influence cognition?

                                        3 talks, each 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes discussion

                                          - Gesine Dreisbach

                                          - Henk van Steenbergen

                                          - Gilles Pourtois

    14:30 – 15:00           Coffee Break

    15:00 – 16:30           Discussion of Key Questions 3 in small groups of max 5 participants.

    16:30 – 17:00           Each small group representative provides a summary of their discussion.

                                       Followed by a plenary discussion chaired by moderator.

    17:00                           Travel to social event

    18:00                           1-hour boat trip through Leiden City Center (heated and covered)

                                        followed by dinner at Verboden Toegang

     

    The programme will be announced shortly.

    Thursday March 5

    10:00 – 11:30           Today’s moderator: Siri Leknes

                                        Key Questions 4: What neural and neurochemical systems support affect and

                                        motivation and how do they interact? What neurocognitive processes underlie

                                        disturbed positive affect in psychopathology?

                                        4 talks, each 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes discussion

                                          - Brian Knutson

                                          - Philip Gable

                                          - Jeffrey Burgdorf

                                          - David Sander

    11:30 – 13:30           Lunch@Snellius cafeteria

    13:30 – 14:30           3 talks, each 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes discussion

                                          - Siri Leknes

                                          - Stephanie Preston

                                           - Marie-Jose van Tol

                                          - June Gruber (?)

    14:30 – 15:00           Coffee Break

    15:00 – 16:30           Discussion of Key Questions 4 in small groups of max 5 participants.

    16:30 – 17:00           Each small group representative provides a summary of their discussion.

                                       Followed by a plenary discussion chaired by moderator

     

    The programme will be announced shortly.

    Friday March 6

    10:00 – 11:00           Plenary discussion of results and next steps, including structure of

                                       perspective paper and target journal + deadlines

    11:00 – 12:30           Wrap-up and division of work for writing the publications / grants. Fixing of

                                       roadmap authors per section (agree on responsibilities and expectations for

                                       contributions).

    12:30 – 13:45           Lunch@Snellius cafeteria

    13:45 – 16:00           Optional: Working individually or in small groups on the different sections of the

                                       paper(s). Individuals can discuss practical matters and make a realistic time

                                       schedule.

    16:00                           Closing remarks

     

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    Henk van Steenbergen, Leiden University  

    Blair Saunders, University of Dundee  

    Disa Sauter, UvA Amsterdam  

    Gilles Pourtois, Ghent University  

    Siri Leknes, Oslo University  


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