Enhancing emotion regulation in adolescence: a developmental window of opportunity


  • Dr Susanne Schweizer

    University College London

Project summary

Emotion regulation allows people to set aside feelings of sadness so they are able to  concentrate on other tasks. It employs executive control, which is the ability to respond to information that is relevant to current goals while ignoring distractions. Executive control helps inhibit unhelpful responses to emotions, such as rumination, and helps select appropriate emotion regulation strategies, such as thinking about negative experiences from a different perspective. The ability to regulate emotion is thought to greatly improve during adolescence.

I will investigate how emotion regulation changes during adolescence as executive control increases and whether it can be improved using online training.

If successful, the emotion regulation training can be made freely available on mobile devices and can be used to improve well-being.