School of Psychology

Elizabeth Rutherford Memorial Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion

The Elizabeth Rutherford Memorial Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion (CARE) commemorates the work of the late Dr. Rutherford, a world leader in research into emotion.

The aim of the Centre is to advance our understanding of emotion by bringing together research in the areas of cognitive psychology, biological psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, and clinical psychology.

Key objectives and focus areas of the centre include:

  • Bringing together world leaders in different resarch areas to establish new innovations in the understanding of emotion.
  • Investigating patterns of selective information procesing (or cognitive biases) that may underpin mental health problems, and examining the causal contribution of these biases to anxiety, worry, and depression.
  • Evaluating recent developments in cognitive bias modification (CBM) techniques to contribute to the emotional well-being of the Australian community.

At any point in time CARE is actively engaged in a range of projects that can benefit the community, many of which will be most effective when they in turn can benefit from the input of community volunteers. Further information about these projects are available.