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Exploring the Mind | Why Gratitude Isn't Just for Thanksgiving on AADL.TV


Thursday January 27, 2022: 7:00pm to 8:30pm  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar




Why did we evolve to experience gratitude? And, more importantly, why don't we always feel grateful and what can we do about it?

Humans are an ultrasocial species who create and maintain long-term bonds, a task that is not always easy. In this talk, we'll discuss the origins of gratitude—how it may have helped us become the ultrasocial species we are—as well as the role that gratitude plays in modern life, especially in romantic relationships. We'll also consider why we do not always feel nor express gratitude to those in our lives, and what research suggests we can do about it.

Dr. Amie M. Gordon is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on understanding the social cognitive, affective, and biological factors that shape our closest relationships. She is particularly interested in how relationship partners influence each other in the moment and over time. Her research is driven by the belief that our interpersonal relationships underscore every aspect of our lives, influencing the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, and organizations. Dr. Gordon received her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology from UC Berkeley and her BA in Psychology with a minor in Political Science from UCLA. She also completed postdoctoral fellowships at Institute for Personality and Social Research at UC Berkeley and in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco.

This program is in partnership with the University of Michigan Department of Psychology.