This talk will describe a program of research on the emotion regulatory benefits of self-distancing -- the process of transcending one’s egocentric point of view in the here-and-now. It will focus on linguistic mechanism that focus present data from multiple levels of analyses (e.g., behavioral, neural) using a variety of research designs (i.e., correlational, experimental, longitudinal) that elucidate how and why self-distancing might foster both personal and interpersonal well-being. Implications of the findings for applications (intervention, therapy, training) will be discussed.
About Prof. Özlem Ayduk
Professor Özlem Ayduk received her B.A. from Boğaziçi University (1992) and her Ph.D. in Social & Personality Psychology from Columbia University (1999) where she worked with Prof. Walter Mischel. She joined the Psychology Department at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002 as an Assistant Professor and became full Professor in 2015.
Professor Ayduk’s research interests focus on risk and protective factors in interpersonal relationships, the role of self-distancing in emotion regulation, and the development of self-control and emotion competencies in young children. Her work has been supported by the National Science Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, Haas Faculty Fellowship Program, Character Lab, and the Templeton Foundation. She is currently the Thomas and Ruth Ann Hornaday Chair in Psychology, Vice-Chair of the Psychology Department and a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, the Society of Personality & Social Psychology, and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology.