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International Symposium on Emotion Regulation

30th April and 1st May 2012

The Research Cluster in Emotions in Society held a very successful conference on the theme of reglating emotions on the 30th of April and 1st of May 2012 in the University of Limerick, kindly funded as part of the New Ideas scheme by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS).

The study of emotional regulation (Gross, 1998a, 1998b) is a developing area of scholarship both on a national and international level. The role of emotional regulation in cognition and behaviour and its consequential importance in society is increasingly recognised within distinct academic disciplines including law (Spain, 2011), education (Corcoran, 2011), psychology (DeWall et al., 2011), neuroscience (Ochsner & Gross, 2008), philosophy (Velleman, 2008), psychiatry (Kober & Ochsner, 2011), and economics (Andrade & Ariely, 2009), for example.

However, the current paradigm operating in the study of emotional regulation is for individual disciplines to examine the concept from an established perspective with little opportunity for active engagement in interdisciplinary scholarship in this area. This conference will provide an opportunity for collaboration across a range of disciplines allowing new ideas to form and existing dogma to be challenged and critiqued.

A range of eminent speakers from the US, Canada, and Europe featured including Prof. Keith Oatley (University of Toronto), Prof. Nico Frijda (University of Amsterdam), Prof. Barbara Perry (University of Ontario), Prof. Shinobu Kitayama (University of Michigan), Prof. Ursula Hess (Humboldt University) and Prof. Terry Maroney (Vanderbilt University). These distinguished international scholars gave stimulating plenary addresses, encouraging debate and interaction among participants. The plenary sessions were supplemented by nine panels with papers delivered on a range of topics including psychology, music, law, sociology, occupational therapy, business, education, medicine, and computers.