2019 Colloquia Series

2019 Colloquia Series

Professor Robert Vallerand

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Prof Robert J. Vallerand, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Robert J. Vallerand is Full Professor of Psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he holds a Canada Research Chair, and is Director of the Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement Social. He has published 8 books and over 350 scientific publications.  He is a former President of the Quebec Society for Research in Psychology, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the International Positive Psychology Association. Over 25 of his former students are university professors across Canada and Europe. He has been elected a Fellow of over a dozen learned societies, including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the International Association of Applied Psychology. He has received numerous awards including the Adrien Pinard Career Award from the Quebec Society for Research in Psychology, the Donald O. Hebb Award from the Canadian Psychological Association, and the International Positive Psychology Association’s Christopher Peterson Gold Medal. His research focuses on motivational processes and especially the construct of passion. His book, The Psychology of Passion: a Dualistic Model (2015), received the William James Award from the American Psychological Association and his most recent book (with Prof Nathalie Houlfort) is Passion for Work: Theory, Research, and Applications (2019).

  • Title: The Role of Passion in Performance
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
  • Time: 2-3pm
  • RSVP: Kirk Olsen (kirk.olsen@mq.edu.au)
  • Abstract: It is generally assumed that passion contributes to performance. Is it the case? Does passion play a role in performance? And if so, then “How does passion affect performance?” In this presentation, I address these issues. First, I present the Dualistic Model of Passion (Vallerand, 2010, 2015; Vallerand et al., 2003) that serves as the basis.  In this model, passion is defined as a strong inclination or desire for a self-defining activity that we love, value, and spend a considerable amount of time on. Two types of passion are proposed: harmonious (where the person controls the passion) and obsessive (where the passion controls the person).  Second, I present research that reveals that both types of passion provide the energy to engage in essential activities (deliberate practice; Ericsson & Charness, 1994) that enables individuals to master the activity. However, research also shows that although both types of passion can foster high performance, only harmonious passion allows the person to experience a fulfilling life while doing so. Obsessive passion typically undermines adaptive outcomes while pursuing one’s quest for excellence. Finally, some new directions for future research are proposed, including some dealing with persistence and resilience.

Past CEPET Colloquia

Dr David Kaplan, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Australia

  • Title: Sensorimotor Learning in Complex Environments
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday May 21, 2019
  • Time: 2-3pm

A/Prof Antonio Di Ieva, Department of Clinical Medicine, Macquarie University, Australia

  • Title: The AI-Augmented Physician: A Clinical Neuroscience Perspective
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday April 9, 2019
  • Time: 2-3pm

Dr. Kristina Brümmer, Institute of Sport Science, University of Oldenburg, Germany

  • Title: Coordination in sports teams: Sociological perspectives and ethnographic insights
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Wednesday February 20, 2019
  • Time: 2-3pm

Professor Isabelle Peretz, International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research, Université de Montréal, Canada

  • Title: Extraordinary variations of musicality
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Wednesday February 6, 2019
  • Time: 2-3pm

Associate Professor Susanne Ravn, University of Southern Denmark

  • Title: Improvisation and sense of agency: The case of dancers
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Time: 2:30-3:30pm

Dr. Egbert Stolk, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

  • Title: Grip on complexity: Learning from urban design expertise
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Wednesday June 27, 2018
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Professor Peter Keller, Western Sydney University, Australia

  • Title: Individual differences in real-time interpersonal coordination skills
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Wednesday March 21, 2018
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Professor Nora S. Newcombe, Temple University, USA

  • Title: Mapping and Cognitive Mapping
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Thursday January 25, 2018
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Associate Professor Manolya Kavakli-Thorne, Macquarie University, Australia

  • Title: Expertise building in design using augmented reality
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Wednesday Septemeber 13, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Professor Gerry Fogarty, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

  • Title: Psychology, high performance, and military aviation
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Tuesday August 22, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Professor Dan Simons, University of Illinois, USA

  • Title: Do 'brain training' programs work?
  • Where: Lecture Theatre 1.200, Level 1, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday June 20, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Associate Professor Donna O'Connor, University of Sydney, Australia

  • Title: Youth high performance football environments: Current research and trends
  • Where: Room 3.610, level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday May 23, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Professor Robert Vallerand, Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement Social Université du Québec à Montréal and the Australian Catholic University

  • Title: On the two roads to excellence: The role of passion
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Thursday February 16, 2017
  • Time: 12:00-1:00pm
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