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Areas of research interest

My primary research focus is the investigation of emotion and emotional experience from a phenomenological psychology perspective.

Research interests

My interests lie in understanding the experiential structure of different emotions and how individuals ascribe meaning to their emotional experiences.

In particular I am interested in the role of feelings in our emotional life. Current research in this area is concentrated on adult crying. Other related and ongoing research interests include living with chronic progressive illness such as Parkinson's disease and developing the relationship between phenomenological methods and neuroscience.


Working from a phenomenological psychology perspective means the methods I use are primarily qualitative and experiential. These include interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) and approaches that emphasise accessing the tacit pre-reflective dimensions of experience.

Other projects

I am currently involved in projects on brain donation and juvenile Huntington's disease.

Dr Virginia Eatough