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Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Prospective Psychology

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

University of Pennsylvania


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The Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a Post-Doctoral Fellow to begin fall 2012, for one or more years. The fellow will run research studies, analyze data, prepare publications, and participate in research retreats for a large research grant on Prospective Psychology - exploring how people are drawn to the future (as opposed to driven by the past). The fellow will work with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman at the UPenn Positive Psychology Center, as well as other senior scientists, including Dr. Roy Baumeister, Dr. Chandra Sripada, and Dr. Peter Railton.

A key role of the fellow is to conduct research on prospective thought, defined as mental and emotional representations of possible future events. Prospection can include planning, predicting, and anticipating possible events, as well as goal-directed behavior. Work on affective forecasting, implementation intentions, brain states, subjectivity, consciousness, imagination, and creativity is relevant, in addition to research on other emotional, cognitive, and motivational aspects of prospection. Research could be in the area of neuroscience, clinical, cognitive, social, laboratory, field work, etc. Grant funds and resources will be available to the fellow.

Experience with research design and advanced statistics is required. Individuals with a Ph.D. in psychology are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send CV, statement of interest (two pages max), 2 reprints/preprints, and at least 3 references to: Libby Benson, The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE/Affirmative Action Employer.

    When applying for this position, please mention you saw this ad in the APS Postdoc Exchange.

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