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The members cover a diverse range of expertise including cognitive, counselling, developmental, individual differences, neuropsychology, social, and work and organisational areas. Our approach focuses on contextual, dispositional and individual differences in the areas we are interested in.

 

Health Promotion Effectiveness 

Health messages can be very effective at improving people’s lifestyle choices. What types of well-being messages work best, under which circumstances, and for which people?

By understanding the importance of message, context, and recipient characteristics, our research aims to help different types of people achieve greater levels of well-being specific to their own circumstances.
Our research indicates that relatively straightforward and inexpensive techniques can significantly foster and enhance well-being.
Research projects in this area include regulatory focus and heath messaging for healthy eating and improving prospective memory among people experiencing dementia. 

Cognitive, Emotional and Social Efficacy in managing Well-Being 

The ways we think about and respond to situations strongly affect the outcomes we achieve. How can we improve our thinking to better achieve well-being regardless of influences we encounter in our everyday lives?

There are a large number of factors that either foster and enhance well-being or serve as hurdles against it, and people react to such factors differently depending on their cognitive mindsets.
Researchers in this area actively seek to better understand and to help improve how cognitive mindsets affect the ways such factors either promote or prevent well-being in everyday lives.
Research projects in this area include and biases in judgment and decision-making, cognition and anxiety, and the relationship between prospective memory (remembering to do things) and well-being

Culture and work influences related to Well-Being 

People are shaped by their cultures in a variety of ways that affect how they respond to situations and circumstances they encounter. How can we improve such response patterns in ways directly related to everyday well-being?

People do not exist in a vacuum. Our minds are in part a product of the cultures and subcultures in which we exist, often in ways we are not aware of.
Researchers in this area actively seek to better understand how awareness of enculturated patterns of thinking can help improve some patterns to better promote well-being in everyday lives.
Research projects in this area include examining differences in employee perceptions, personality, and motivation on workplace safety, and cultural differences in compensatory health beliefs, factors that determine the quality of family relationships, and workplace integration.