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

    13:30     14:30     Key Questions 1: What is a meaningful taxonomy of positive emotions? What is their evolutionary origin?

    Moderator: Lani Shiota.

    3 talks, each 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes discussion

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

    How do hedonic states differ from (approach) motivation?

     Moderator: Brian Knutson.

     4 talks, each 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes discussion

    11:30     13:30     Lunch

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

    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     Key Questions 3: What are positive emotions good for? How do positive affect and motivation influence cognition?

    Moderator: Gesine Dreisbach.

    4 talks, each 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes discussion

    11:30     13:30     Lunch

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

    14:30     15:00     Coffee Break

    15:00     16:30     Discussion of Key Question 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                    Social event / dinner

     

    The programme will be announced shortly.

    Thursday March 5

    10:00     11:30     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?

     Moderator: Siri Leknes.

     4 talks, each 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes discussion

    11:30     13:30     Lunch

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

    14:30     15:00     Coffee Break

    15:00     16:30     Discussion of Key Question 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

    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

     

    The programme will be announced shortly.
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    Gilles Pourtois, Ghent University  

    Disa Sauter, UvA Amsterdam  

    Siri Leknes, Oslo University  

    Blair Saunders, University of Dundee  

    Henk van Steenbergen, Leiden University  


Gerda Filippo

+31 71 527 5401

filippo@lorentzcenter.nl

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