The diagnoses of a life-threatening illness is one of the most challenging events people experience in their lives, and, at the end of life, high-stakes and difficult decisions often need to be taken. Research from the field of affective science (the scientific study of affect and emotions) has shown that many positive and negative emotions can occur under stressful circumstances and these constitute pervasive, sometimes harmful, and sometimes beneficial drivers of decision-making. However, emotions have not been studied in the field of palliative care in this way nor have their effects on end-of-life decision-making. The aim of this Sabbatical Leave is to explore the potential synergy between affective science (a relatively new interdisciplinary science originating from psychology) and palliative care (which is traditionally a clinical and medical discipline) and define a new research line on ‘Emotions and Palliative Care’ as part of the research portfolio of the End-of-Life Care Research Group. Next to defining the broad boundaries of the research line and its most pressing research questions, I will also start the development of a new method for measuring emotions and emotional variability in the context of palliative care. The Sabbatical will allow me to devote the time necessary to fully understand how to combine these so-far-separated disciplines. Being a psychologist with a PhD in social health sciences and 15 years of experience in palliative and end-of-life care research puts me in a unique position for this work. This work will further strengthen and expand the expertise, knowledge and interdisciplinarity of the research group.
StatusNot started
Effective start/end date1/10/2030/09/21

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