Seminar on Control Motivation and (Social) Cognition

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30th of June – 2nd of July, 2015

Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Organized by Marcin Bukowski and the local organizing support team: Sindhuja Sankaran, Joanna Grzymała-Moszczyńska & Piotr Dragon

Sponsored by the Polish National Science Center (grant DEC-2011/01/D/HS6/00477 awarded to Marcin Bukowski)

About the Meeting

Exerting control over the environment has been recognized within various domains of psychology (basic, personality, social, developmental etc.) as a fundamental type of motivation. The cognitive, emotional and motivational effects of control deprivation had been extensively studied in the 70s and 80s of the past century. However, in these times, the individual tended to be seen as a victim of loss-of-control experience. Consequently, the research was predominantly focused on identifying the psychological deficits (affective, cognitive, and behavioral malfunctioning) induced by lack of control and had a strong connection with health psychology. In this seminar we will address uncontrollability from a motivated cognition perspective. In this approach, an individual is no longer portrayed in psychology as a passive victim of uncontrollable and unpredictable environment: on the contrary, threatened by losing (or actually lacking) control, a person is believed to deliberately or automatically seek for effective cognitive and behavioral strategies helping to regain control or a sense of efficacy. The major focus in this seminar will be on various forms of coping that people adopt in order to deal with the experience of lacking personal control. We would like to focus on the topic from different perspectives, the one of neuroscience, cognitive and social psychology. This way we can attempt to draw a bigger picture of the various underpinnings of control motivation.

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Mirosław Kofta and Prof. Juan Lupiáñez

In the seminar participated twenty-six Researchers from Polish, Spanish, German, Dutch and Australian Universities.