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TAY GAVIN ERICKSON LECTURE SERIES - Reflecting on the positive past: Effects on Stress and Decision Making

March 19, 2019 - 12:00 to 1:30 pm

The ability to generate positive emotions serves the adaptive function of enhancing psychological resources necessary for coping with stressors in daily life. Dr. Delgado will present behavioral and neuroimaging data that suggests the recall of positive memories is intrinsically valuable to an individual and can influence emotion and decision making. He will also discuss the restorative function of self-generated positive emotions in coping with acute stress.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Room S330, Life Science Laboratories
Free and open to the public!

Mauricio Delgado, Professor and Chair of Psychology at Rutgers University-Newark

Dr. Delgado is the Director of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab and the Associate Director of the Rutgers University Brain Imaging Center (RUBIC).  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh with Dr. Julie Fiez and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at New York University with Dr. Elizabeth Phelps. Dr. Delgado’s research program investigates how the human brain learns from rewards and punishments, how it uses this information to guide behavior during both simple decisions (e.g., learning actions which lead to desired outcomes) and complex social interactions (e.g., learning to trust another person), and how it controls our emotions to avoid maladaptive decision-making.