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Day 2 - Session 6
May 11, 1:00 - 2:00 pm (EST/USA)
Awe: Environments


Andrea Gaggioli, PhD

  • Professor, ExperienceLab, Department of Psychology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)

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  • Twitter: @gag4all

Sheila Krogh-Jespersen, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (USA)

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Marianna Graziossi, MA, MAPP

  • Clinical Psychology PhD Candidate at Hofstra University 

  • Instructor for the Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of Pennsylvania 

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  • Twitter: @MariannaGrazz

Expert Panelists:










Belinda Goodwin

  • Secretary Wellbeing Committee; Police Federation (United Kingdom)










Patrik Forsemalm, Superintendent

  • Superintendent/Development officer, National Operations Department, Swedish Police Authority (Sweden)​​










Megan Rogers, PhD

  • Postdoctoral fellow, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; Student Division Committee Chair, American Association of Suicidology (USA)


Session Description

Awe, Creativity and Resilience

Andrea Gaggioli, PhD

This presentation will focus on the potential of awe for enhancing creativity, summarizing the findings of a VR study that was carried out to explore this link. The talk will conclude with suggesting that awe can also contribute to resilience by supporting creativity. 

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Exploring the Awe-Some in your City: Attention & Awe at the Zoo, Museum, and Aquarium 

Sheila Krogh-Jespersen, PhD​

Dr. Krogh-Jespersen will present results from studies conducted at the Museum of Science & Industry-Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Shedd Aquarium in which participants wore eye-tracking glasses while exploring exhibits and answered survey questions about their experiences of awe. 

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Close Others as Elicitors of Awe 

Marianna Graziosi, MA

In this presentation, Marianna will present findings from a research study looking at the potential for awe to be elicited in close relationships. The talk will also explore the ways in which interpersonal awe might support resilience by highlighting the importance of social support. The audience is encouraged to think of a time they experienced awe by the actions of loved ones or colleagues over the past year.

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Andrea Gaggioli, PhD

Andrea Gaggioli is Full Professor of Psychology at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, where he is Director of the International Specializing Master in User Experience Psychology. He completed his Ph.D. at University of Milan and his M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology at University of Bologna.

Dr. Gaggioli’s research interests lie in the area of psychology of experience, creativity and human-computer interaction. He coordinates the ExperienceLab and the Research Unit in Psychology of Creativity and Innovation. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines including computer science, design and medicine.


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Sheila Krogh-Jespersen, PhD

Sheila Krogh-Jespersen is an Assistant Professor in Medical Social Sciences at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and the Associate Director for Developmental Sciences Integration at the Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences (DevSci). She has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and her research focuses on how we learn from our social environment, with a focus on developmental differences in how knowledge is shaped by experience. She has led eye-tracking studies examining awe at the Museum of Science & Industry-Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Shedd Aquarium.  

Email: Sheilakj@northwestern.edu

Marianna Graziosi, MA, MAPP

Marianna is a second-year PhD student affiliated with the ACT Clinic, DBT Team, & the READ Lab at Hofstra University. She is super interested in three areas: 1) The impact of Expressed Emotion on prognosis and outcome in psychotherapy, as well as Cross-Cultural differences in Expressed Emotion 2) Accounting for Cross-Cultural Differences in expressions of Spirituality and incorporating these into Clinical Practice 3) Positive Affect Treatment and Positive Relationships. She is also an instructor for the MAPP program at The University of Pennsylvania and collaborates on research in this area through the Positive Psychology Center.

Email: marigraz@sas.upenn.edu

Patrik Forsemalm

Patrik is a police officer for 31 years with previous experience working in patrol and who is now nationally responsible for how the Swedish police work with mental illness and suicide prevention.

Megan Rogers, PhD

Dr. Megan Rogers is a postdoctoral research fellow at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University, and her predoctoral clinical internship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in 2020. Dr. Rogers's research primarily focuses on short-term cognitive, physiological, affective, and behavioral risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, with an emphasis on the phenomenology, etiology, and assessment of acute suicidal crises. In addition to her position as a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Rogers serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Suicidology.

Email: suskiwen@gmail.com 

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