Emotion Regulation of Others and Self

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Personal Consequences


People’s ability to regulate their own emotions has been shown to have important consequences for well-being and goal attainment in a number of life domains.  However, it is unclear precisely how emotion regulation exerts these effects.  It seems likely that the consequences depend on the extent to which different types of emotion regulation foster or consume regulatory resources.  The intensity and effectiveness of people’s emotion regulation also seems likely to be influenced by their beliefs concerning their regulation ability.  We are testing these and related propositions in a series of laboratory and field studies involving student, clinical, occupational and sport samples. 

Study Objectives

The four main studies within this project will investigate:

1. Regulatory resources during emotion regulation (led by Peter Totterdell);
2. Emotion regulation in bipolar disorders (led by Warren Mansell);
3. Emotional labour and well-being (led by Peter Totterdell);
4. Emotion regulation beliefs in sports performance (led by Andy Lane).

Outputs and Staff Profiles

Example Publications

Achieving the same for less: Improving mood depletes blood glucose for people with poor (but not good) emotion control.Cognition and Emotion
The role of glucose in self-control. Personality and Social Psychology Review

Research Staff on this Project

Peter Totterdell
Warren Mansell
Andy Lane
Karen Niven (now at Manchester Business School)
Thomas Webb
Eleanor Miles
Paschal Sheeran
Paul Davis
Miriam Samad
Rebecca Kelly