Resilience Inside and Outside of Science: How Regulating Emotion Can Help Us Overcome Stress

Seminar | January 30 | 6-7 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Iris Mauss, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Stress – the experience of adverse life events and circumstances – is one of the most robust
contributors to psychological and other health problems. While science is rewarding, it can
also be a source of great stress, especially for graduate students and postdocs. Crucially, the
deleterious effects of stress are not observed in all people exposed to stress. In fact, some
people exhibit resilience: they maintain health even under conditions of chronically elevated
stress. What factors might contribute to resilience? Given that negative emotional states such
as sadness, anger, and anxiety lie at the heart of what makes stressors stressful, individuals’
ability to regulate these negative emotions should be a pivotal protective factor against the
deleterious effects of stress. In this talk, I will present research that examines what kinds of
emotion regulation help – and what kinds hinder – resilience.
Artichoke Basille pizza will be served at 7:00 PM in the Stanley Hall atrium, along with drinks. Enjoy
the refreshments and mingle with fellow graduate student and postdocs!

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