Tim Wilson, University of Virginia;"Affective Adaptation and the Pleasures of Uncertainty," EVENT TIME 3:45pm-5:00pm

Date and Time

Wednesday, 1 June 2011 (All day)

Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson, University of Virginia
Jordan Hall (Building 420), Room 041
Lecture Abstract: 

How do people adapt to emotional events?  I will present a model of affective adaptation that argues that people attend to self-relevant, unexplained events, react emotionally to them, explain or make sense of the events, and thereby adapt to the events (i.e., they attend to them less and have weaker emotional reactions to them).  One implication of this argument is that if people can be prevented from making sense of positive events, the pleasure that these events cause might be prolonged.  I will present evidence for this “pleasure of uncertainty” effect and discuss its implications.

Public Access: 
Open to the public
Faculty Host: 
Geoff Cohen