I am a social cognition researcher interested in how thoughts (memories, forecasts, values) shape current and expected emotions. I am interested in what makes future forecasts useful for motivating people and when they, instead, become intrusive and detrimental to performance. I currently investigate why and when mindfulness can equip one with a set of skills that help regulate emotions. I am also keen to understand what helps us act more in line with our internal norms of good or optimal behaviour: what helps us align our motivation and performance with our emotional states, our goals, or our values, and what consequences we are facing when that does not happen.

  • BSc (Hons), Clinical Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)               
  • MSc, Experimental Cognitive and Social Psychology, Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
  • PhD, Experimental Social Psychology, Université Grenoble Alpes (France)

Areas of Expertise

  • social psychology
  • social cognition
  • judgment and decision making
  • values
  • health behaviour change

Publications

  1. & Prefrontal Electrical Stimulation in Non-depressed Reduces Levels of Reported Negative Affects from Daily Stressors. Frontiers in Psychology 7
  2. & Development and Preliminary Evaluation of an Internet-Based Healthy Eating Program: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research 16(10), e231
  3. & Sensitivity to reward and punishment: Associations with diet, alcohol consumption, and smoking. Personality and Individual Differences 72
  4. & Work More, Then Feel More: The Influence of Effort on Affective Predictions. PLoS ONE 9(7), e101512
  5. & Values and behaviour. In Tobias Brosch and David Sander (Ed.), Handbook of Value:
 The Affective Sciences of Values and Valuation.. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

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Teaching

  • PS-M11 Generic Research Skills

    These seminars give students grounding in the skills necessary to complete the programme. These skills include: research evaluation strategies, meta-analysis and literature reviews, writing research reports, communication and presentation skills, project planning and development, ethical and legal issues, the use of computer software, and teamwork. These skills will be developed through workshop-style seminars, the conduct of practical tasks, and constructive peer evaluation. Students¿ skills are assessed by their application in project work and a portfolio containing work reflecting the research skills developed over the year.

  • PS-M15 Special Research Skills

    Specialists from a variety of fields in psychology discuss the methods used in their own research area. The subject areas will vary from year to year depending upon the current research interests and activities of the staff. Each seminar is grounded by showing the application of these methods to a particular theory or issue in psychology. Students select two options from those presented (one in TB1 and TB2) and write an essay after consultation with the presenter on a topic geared to their own research interests.

  • PSY214 From Individuals to Society

    This module focuses on the study of individuals both in terms of how individuals differ from each other (such as personality traits and attributional style) as well as how environmental factors such as ethnocentrism, group performance and pro-social behaviour affect behaviour. Classical and contemporary theory and research relevant to a range of social psychological issues such as leadership and stress are covered. Social psychology content is structured under the broad thematic umbrellas of intra-personal (individual-level) and inter-personal (group-level) processes. The module also encompasses individual differences from the perspective of abnormal variation (e.g. psychological problems including autistic spectrum disorders) and normal variation (behavioural genetics, personality and intelligence). Key questions such as `What do we mean by normal behaviour?¿ and `What is the relative contribution of nature vs. nurture to individual differences?¿ are addressed.

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • PSY324 From Individuals to Society

    This module focuses on the study of individuals both in terms of how individuals differ from each other (such as personality traits and attributional style) as well as how environmental factors such as ethnocentrism, group performance and pro-social behaviour affect behaviour. Classical and contemporary theory and research relevant to a range of social psychological issues such as leadership and stress are covered. Social psychology content is structured under the broad thematic umbrellas of intra-personal (individual-level) and inter-personal (group-level) processes. The module also encompasses individual differences from the perspective of abnormal variation (e.g. psychological problems including autistic spectrum disorders) and normal variation (behavioural genetics, personality and intelligence). Key questions such as `What do we mean by normal behaviour?¿ and `What is the relative contribution of nature vs. nurture to individual differences?¿ are addressed.

  • PSY354 Behaviour Change: Health, Organisations and Advertising

    In recent years, commercial (businesses, advertising companies) and public sector organizations (healthcare providers, governments) have embraced various psychological techniques known as `behavioural insights¿ to implement behaviour change at various levels. But what makes behaviour change effective? How easy or hard is it to change behaviour within a population or an organization? And how does media portray causes of good and bad behaviour and solutions to change what needs to be changed? This class will discuss how theories of behaviour change have evolved: what differentiates models that have stood the test of empirical evidence and those that were `out-data-ed¿. It will examine what it means to achieve effective behaviour change in the domains of public health, organizational culture change, and consumer behaviour (advertising). The class will include practical exercises and case studies on how to design effective behaviour change interventions regarding public health issues or behaviour change interventions in the organizational domain.

Supervision

  • Understanding Speedy Driving Behaviour (current)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Prof Toby Lloyd-Jones
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Bennett

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2009 2012 Postdoctoral Research Associate Swansea University, Department of Psychology, UK
January 2009 July 2009 Research Assistant School of Psychology, Cardiff University, UK
February 2007 July 2007 Visiting Researcher Psychology Department, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2007 2008 Teaching assistant Laboratoire InterUniversitaire de Psychologie, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
2005 2008 PhD student Laboratoire InterUniversitaire de Psychologie, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
2005 2006 Research Assistant Grenoble School of Management, France

External Responsibilities

  • Full member, European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)

    2008 - Present

  • Postgraduate member, European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)

    2007 - 2008

  • Postgraduate member, Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

    2005 - 2009

Key Grants and Projects

  • A healthy body is a healthy mind? 2015

    ESRC Festival of Social Sciences, £650

  • Placement at ABMU Health Board 2014

    Strategic Insights Programme (SIP), £2,500

  • The allure of good plans: How mobile phone – based feedback can boost the positive effect of concrete plans on health behaviour change 2011

    EPSRC Bridging the Gaps, Swansea University, £3,950

  • Travel Grant “Construal level and reproductive decision making” 2009

    ESRC, £600

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Member - Psychology Department Research Ethics Committee

    2012 - Present

  • CHHS Champion - Swansea Science Festival ’17

    2017 - Present

  • Champion and Member - Athena SWAN ‘Organization and Culture’ group

    2013 - 2016

  • Disability link - Department Of Psychology, Swansea University

    2013 - Present

  • Postgraduate Careers Liaison - Department Of Psychology, Swansea University

    2014 - Present

  • Student engagement - Department Of Psychology, Swansea University

    2014 - 2016