Catching my eye on the psychology blogs this week.
For those of you working in the health service then you are often part of a multidisciplinary team. Ever wondered why some of them worked and some of them didn’t. Sadly mostly didn’t in my experience. BPS Research Digest reports on a study looking at what makes these teams work. Money quote:
Teams with more professions on board only introduced innovations of greater quality when effective group processes were in place – including all team members being committed to the same cause; everyone in the team being listened to; the team reflecting on its own effectiveness; and there being plenty of contact between team members.
Psyblog has a great roundup on emotion, models of emotions and even unconscious emotion. This is useful stuff for us clinicians, given that working with affect is so much part of our day to day work.
The best known modern theory conceptualising emotional states concentrates on two dimensions: valence and arousal. Valence refers to whether you feel positive or negative and arousal refers to physiological 'excitement'. This model has been extremely popular probably because it provides a relatively simple way of researching emotions that can at least provide some answers. Rage, for example, can be considered an emotion that is high on both negative affect as well as arousal.
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