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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #328
CE Offered: BACB

Self-Talk as a Regulatory Mechanism: How You Do It Matters

Monday, May 25, 2015
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Lila Cockrell Theatre (CC)
Area: VRB; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Judah B. Axe, Ph.D.
Chair: Judah B. Axe (Simmons College)
ETHAN KROSS (University of Michigan)
Dr. Ethan Kross received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is currently an associate professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan and director of the University of Michigan Emotion and Self-Control Laboratory. He is also a faculty associate at the University of Michigan's Research Center for Group Dynamics, Center for Cultural Neuroscience, and Depression Research Center. Dr. Kross's research explores how people can control their emotions to improve our understanding of how self-control works, and to discover ways of enhancing self-control in daily life. He adopts an integrative approach to address these issues that draws on multiple disciplines within psychology including social, personality, clinical, developmental, and neuroscience. He integrates across these areas in terms of the types of questions he asks, the methods he use to address them, and the populations that he focuses on. He is the recipient of early career awards from the Association for Psychological Science, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology as well as multiple teaching awards from the University of Michigan.

Self-talk is a ubiquitous human phenomenon. We all have an internal monologue that we engage in. Yet, surprisingly little research has examined the role that self-talk plays as a regulatory mechanism in adults. In this talk, Dr. Kross will review findings from an interdisciplinary program of research, which suggests that the language people use to refer to the self during introspection--i.e., whether people use nonfirst person pronouns and their own name or first person pronouns--consequentially influences how they think, feel, and behave under stress. Discussion will focus on the potential practical implications of this research and important future research directions.

Keyword(s): behavioral regulation, language, self-talk



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