Institute for Positive Psychology & Education

Emma Bradshaw

BPsychSci (Hons)

After completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours, First Class) in 2014, Emma turned her research focus from incremental theories of relationships, to the examination of life-goals, or aspirations, and their links with well-being. Specifically, Emma is examining how patterns of intrinsic and extrinsic aspirations (derived using latent profile analysis) can be used to predict various indices of optimal functioning. Emma is also exploring several facets of self-determination theory (SDT) using a variety of statistical methods including social network analysis, genetic algorithms, network representation, and actor-partner interdependence modelling. In the future, Emma hopes to further explore SDT and, in particular, build upon evidence suggesting that broadening the scope of concern for increasingly distal others is beneficial to one’s own well-being.

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