International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS)


The development of emotions

 (July 5th-13th, 2018, Geneva, Switzerland)


How do emotions develop? When does our affective life begin? What role do imagination, play and humour have in our affective education? How does a developing capacity for reason and reasoning shape our emotional repertoire and how we regulate our emotions? How does history contribute to our understanding of how our affective lives develop? What can we learn from literary depictions of individual and collective emotional trajectories? How should recent advances in neuroscience inform discussions of these themes? And what about individual differences? What can developmental disorders teach us about emotion development and how we learn from others?

During this summer school, internationally renowned scholars and PhD students from around the world from psychology, neuroscience, and the humanities will meet up to address such questions for eight days in a chateau overlooking the Alps and Lake Geneva.

While the main theme is “The development of emotions”, the summer school will be broken down into the following topics:

→ theories of the development of emotions
→ emotion regulation
→ affective social learning
→ play, imagination, and humour
→ psychopathologies of emotion development

The responsibility for the scientific coordination of the 2018 edition of the ISSAS is shared between Dr Andrea Samson and Dr Daniel Dukes.

Andrea is a senior researcher (Ambizione Fellowship) at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences. Her work focuses on positive emotions and emotion regulation in clinical and non-clinical populations, as well as on developing trainings and games to increase emotional competences.
Daniel is a postdoc under the supervision of David Sander at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences. His work currently focuses on affective social learning, emotion understanding, and the emotion of interest.