Emma Bradshaw

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Motivation & Behaviour

BPsychSci (Hons)


After completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours, First Class) in 2014, Emma turned her research focus from incremental theories of relationships, to the examination of life-goals, or aspirations, and their links with well-being. Specifically, Emma’s doctoral thesis examined how patterns of intrinsic and extrinsic aspirations (derived using latent profile analysis) relate to various indices of optimal functioning. Emma is also exploring several aspects of self-determination theory (SDT) using a variety of cutting-edge statistical methods including genetic algorithms, network representation, social network analysis, and actor-partner interdependence modelling. Emma’s burgeoning program of postdoctoral research builds on evidence that broadening the scope of concern for increasingly distal others is beneficial to one’s own well-being, and also explores the contextual and psychological conditions that promote integration and “being good”.

Current projects involved in:

  • Configural approach to aspirations
  • Systematic review of intrinsic and extrinsic aspirations and well-being 
  • Actor-partner interdependence models of aspirations
  • Meta-analysis of motivation and prosocial behaviour 
  • Genetic algorithms of the Aspiration Index 
  • Expansion of the Aspiration Index using network analysis
  • New model of enhancement and deficit needs
  • Analysis of the primary goods scale


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