Emotions. From the very first cry, they produce all kind of actions in our everyday life.

While individual mental processes, emotions are the engine of our social interactions, whether in family, social or work contexts. Whilst complex, it has been a long-time challenge to unveil all the mysteries surrounding emotions’ essence.

In 2016, more than understand and decode emotions, we want to create and promote new and more complex ways to show our love for psychology.

As our society keeps promptly developing, the contexts in which we find ourselves everyday are getting more complex, and with diversification of the relationships we establish, grows the necessity of a more rigorous and scientific comprehension of those phenomena. More precisely, in Psychology, the need to give voice to all the different approaches comprised is endorsed.

Furthermore, on a subject so archetypal to the human condition as emotions are, the “big picture” can only be understood if we acknowledge the biological substrate of emotional processing but also emphasize the social components of those stimuli, as well as, the clinical procedures that are developed with emotional basis or the role that they play in organisational contexts.

Moreover, with the frantic technological evolution and the growth of social networks, “emojis” and all, people seem to be drifting away from social contact, which results ultimately in a poor understanding and ability to deal with real human emotions. As psychologists, we have the responsibility to respond to these world changes, by answering to the emergent questions on this field of expertise.

In a country with over 300 days of sunshine a year, where “saudade” runs through the veins pumped by the will of welcoming everyone the best we can, Portugal will be, at the 30th EFPSA Congress, a true emotion’s lab.

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