Quotidian Psychology: How the Little Things in Life Matter for Our Lives
Free Public Lecture
Arts West - North Wing
Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow Public Lecture 2019
In psychology – as well as in the social sciences more broadly – major life events have historically been in the theoretical spotlight of what is considered to impact human health and wellbeing. Marriage, childbirth, divorce or death of a loved one; moving and starting a new job, receiving a promotion or becoming unemployed; being diagnosed with a life-changing or life-threatening illness or personally or vicariously experiencing a trauma – these are the critical life events that have received the vast majority of scientific attention in the field.
The late ecological psychologist, Kenneth Craik, insightfully said that 'lives are lived day by day, one day at a time, from day to day, day after day, day in day out … lives as we experience and observe them are inherently quotidian.'
This talk adopts such a 'quotidian' theoretical perspective. Drawing broadly on daily life research, including the naturalistic observation research the presenter has been part of for the last 20 years, the lecture will illustrate how the 'little things in life' – the experiences and behaviors that make up most of our lives – are much more than 'supporting actors' on the psychological science stage and can have a profound impact on human health and wellbeing.
This event will be delivered in accessible academic language and members of the wider community are welcome to attend.
Professor Matthias Mehl, The University of Arizona