This video is a joint talk by Professor Gross and Professor Duckworth on the topic of self-control, in particular self-control of emotions (i.e., emotion regulation). Here are a few great research questions presented at the end of this talk
- To what extend situational strategies in James Gross’s process model of emotion regulation ( i.e., situation modification and situation selection) are indirectly intrapsychic? That is, when we change or modify the situation, do we subconsciously perform attention deployment first?
The argument is that the first two strategies in Gross’s process model of emotion regulation are outside your body and the last three (i.e., attention deployment, cognitive reappraisal, and response modulation) are in our head. Isn’t the the first two are strategies actually form in our head first and then we take an action in the outside work?
2. To what extended a desirable state itself can become automatic and lead to forming a habit? What is the intersection of haptic and automated desirable response ?
3. Is earlier better both within a cycle and across cycles? what are the implications?
The idea is that in a cycle, situation modification and situation selection are easier strategies compared to attention deployment, cognitive change and response modulation. It is considers as a snowball effect flowing from situation selection to response modulation. That father in a cycle, the harder deployment of the strategy will be. But, when comparing multiple cycles with one another, what are the implications? for example, is using later stage in an earlier iteration(e.g., cognitive change in cycle 1) actually better than a later cycle but earlier stage (e.g., situation modification cycle 3) ?
4. Who and what should bare this responsibly of making situational modifications that optimize self-control?
Should it be the government applying higher taxes to a double cream large latte? Is it the society or government who should bare more responsibility? This is a joint work with behavioral economics area of research.