• Question: What part of your research can improve mental health to make people happier?

    Asked by izzibarrett15 to Sam on 20 Sep 2017.
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      Sam Parsons answered on 20 Sep 2017:

      Great question!

      My aim is that my research will help to inform cognitive interventions. Part of my work focuses on the positive side of cognitive biases, and another part looks at how we can improve our tasks. One or both of these should help to improve these interventions, and eventually, they might make a big difference to peoples mental health.

      Recently, we found that an induced attention bias to be more positive was related to happiness 12 weeks later. We’re following this up now, and if the stars align, we might have a better idea of how we might predict or even build happiness with these tasks.