Current research topics

Currently, my research mainly revolves around two themes:

(1) the study of self-consciousness and its psychological consequences, particularly in terms of health and well-being. We try to understand consciousness and its fluctuations on a continuum that goes from a default state, with a relatively distinct "Self", to states of consciousness where the "self" becomes less prominent, or even disappears (i.e. expanded consciousness). Among other, we are currently using mindfulness-based protocols to alter the state of self-consciousness and examine the resulting changes in self-related phenomenology, spatio-temporal distortions, emotions and well-being. This work has applications for patients with critical illness or in palliative care.

(2) the study of well-being. Health is not the absence of disease. It is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being (WHO, 1946). Our goal is to better understand the psychological factors that protect health, as well as the processes that promote the well-being and fulfillment of individuals. We are also working on the development of innovative psychological interventions based on the optimization of emotional and attentional regulation (e.g., alteration of the negativity bias through better regulation of positive emotions, interventions from positive psychology, mindfulness-based meditation). Again, this work has applications for patients with critical illness or in palliative care.

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