Emotions are at the heart of our social relationships. They play a key role in war, conflict and humanitarian work, mobilising us towards more hostile attitudes towards the other or, on the contrary, uniting us with each other or motivating mutual aid.
Living, feeling and perceiving the exhibition differently
As part our Year Of Mental Health (2022/2023) and in collaboration with the Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives (CISA) of the University of Geneva, we propose to approach the Museum's permanent exhibition through the prism of affective sciences. Two researchers will accompany you through the different stages of the visit while making the key moments of the exhibition with the current research in psychology of emotions.
Patricia Cernadas Curotto is a researcher at the Centre interfacultaire en sciences affectives (CISA) at the University of Geneva and teaches at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on compassion and the role it plays in our social relationships. In her thesis, she tested whether interventions cultivating compassion can promote more inclusion and prosocial behaviour. The effects of these interventions were observed in conflicts ranging from animosity between two people to international contexts such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Nathalie Mella is a researcher in affective sciences at the Centre interfacultaire en sciences affectives (CISA) and at the Faculty of Education of the University of Geneva. She obtained a PhD in psychology from the University of Paris Descartes, where she studied how emotions affect the perception of time. She then joined the University of Geneva to develop research on cognitive and affective development over the life course, using behavioural and brain imaging methods. In recent years, she has focused on the importance of emotional and relational skills in education.
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