Research Program: Music Cognition and Action
Acquired Automatic Affective Responses and the Contribution of Associative and Cognitive Processes to their Acquisition and Time Course.
Much of our lives, our behaviours, and the decisions we make are governed by our evaluations, that is, our appraisal of whether an object is good versus bad, liked versus disliked, positive versus negative, to be approached or to be avoided.
Our Automatic Affective Responses arise spontaneously in response to affective stimuli without any intention to evaluate the object. Since so many things in our environment elicit automatic evaluations, understanding how they are acquired is an important area of investigation in many areas within and outside of Psychology.
There are two current theories on how such responses are acquired: the associative account and the propositional account. My thesis is interested in examining the relative contribution of simple conditioning processes (associative account) and complex cognitive processes (propositional account) to the acquisition of automatic affective responses. To do this I will be using a variety of methods including facial EMG and motion capture.
2013 – B. Science (Hons), B. Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia