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Livia Sacchi’s presentation
@ 10:30 - 12:00
Research Background of a new Ph.D. student: from personality and well-being to emotions and appraisal.
As a new PhD student at the CARLA Laboratory, I would like to introduce myself and discuss with you the different research projects I have contributed to in the past 2 years, as well as my current work.
For my master thesis at the University of Edinburgh, I explored the association of dietary patterns and their interaction with polygenic personality in predicting mental health outcomes, in particular, depression scores. We explored to what extent personality and diet both exert their effects on depression by exploiting specific – and possibly common – biological pathways.
At the University of Zurich, as a research assistant, I contributed to a study investigating the effects of cumulative trauma on latent trajectories of subjective health and life satisfaction in a large representative sample. Lifetime traumatic events have a detrimental long-term impact on mental and physical health; however, stress response heterogeneity regarding well-being is still not well understood.
At the University of Lausanne, I am going to focus on the influence of personality on appraisal (evaluative) processes and emotional reactivity. With an online survey, we aim to test the hypothesis that appraisal criteria might be differentially important depending on the individuals’ personality traits and that this may explain systematically different resulting emotions.