Department:School of Psychology and Sport Science
Areas of Expertise: Applied, Social and Health Psychology
John Lambie’s research focuses on emotion and reflective awareness, and he is interested in how being more reflectively aware helps us to cope with emotions and thus have greater well-being.
John has investigated how emotional awareness and emotion regulation can improve well-being. Some of his work has been theoretical – outlining the ways in which people can be aware or unaware of their emotions. In studies with children, he has looked at how emotional validation by parents can increase children’s emotional awareness. This work, in collaboration with Skylark Learning, has led to an award-winning product to help with young children’s emotional development.
In work with adults, he has investigated how good emotional awareness may lead to better rational decision making, and has supervised a project looking at the effectiveness of compassion-focused therapy for individuals with traumatic brain injury. He has also written a book looking at open versus closed mindedness throughout history (see his TEDx talk on this here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaYNv5lkqck).
John is a member of our Child Development Research Area which forms part of our Brain and Cognition Research Group and our Emotion and Well-Being Research Area which forms part of our Applied, Social and Health Psychology Research Group.
John teaches on the modules Emotion, Psychological Therapies, and Lifespan Development.
Rohleder, P., Lambie, J.A. & Hale, E. (2017). A qualitative study of the emotional coping and support needs of children living with a parent with a brain injury. Brain Injury, 31(2), 199-207.
Lambie, J.A. Fursland, R. & Potter, M. (2017). My First Emotions. Cambridge: Skylark Learning.
Lambie, J.A., & Lindberg, A. (2016). The role of maternal emotional validation and invalidation on children’s emotional awareness. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 62(2), 129-157.
Lambie, J.A. (2014). How to be critically open-minded: A psychological and historical analysis. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
Lambie, J.A. (2009). Emotion experience, rational action, and self-knowledge. Emotion Review, 1, 272-280.
Lambie, J.A. (2008). On the irrationality of emotion and the rationality of awareness. Consciousness and Cognition, 17(3), 946-971.
Lambie, J.A. & Marcel, A.J. (2002). Consciousness and emotion experience: A theoretical framework. Psychological Review, 109, 219-259.
Lambie, J.A. (2017, May). Question everything: Critical open mindedness and reasonable doubt. Paper presented at ReaDoubt: From Reasonable Doubt to Undue Scepticism. Birkbeck College, London.
Lambie, J.A. (2017, May). Question everything [Video file, TEDx]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaYNv5lkqck
Lambie, J.A. (2016, April). Are emotions feedback?. Paper presented at Lorentz Centre Workshop on Emotions as Feedback, Leiden University.
Lambie, J.A. (2015, June). How the world is experienced in emotion: Theories and implications of world-focused emotion experience. Paper presented at conference on Emotion Concepts in Use, Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf.
Lambie, J.A. (2014, October). Open-mindedness in science and religion. Public talk at Cambridge Festival of Ideas. 30 October 2014.
Lambie, J.A. (2013, October). The role of emotional validation in emotional awareness. Paper presented for Emotions: Nature, Recognition, Culture conference, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.
Lambie, J.A. (2011, July). Are psychopaths responsible? Paper presented at Character, Capacity, and Personality Workshop, Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE) and the Agency & Moral Cognition Network, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
Lambie, J.A. (2002, March). Keynote speaker. The first-person experience of emotion: What is it, and how can it be studied? Paper presented at Center for Consciousness Studies, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA.
Lambie, J.A. (21st September 2016). The toys that teach children to reveal what they’re feeling. Cambridge Independent newspaper.
Lambie, J.A. (12th August 2016). Cambridge TV news, talking about the launch of the product “My First Emotions”, and the research underpinning it: http://www.cambridge-tv.co.uk/emotional-awareness/
Lambie, J.A. (15th December 2014). Cambridge Evening News, Putting off four difficult conversations. Response to survey that people put off having difficult conversations with partners and family members.
Lambie, J.A. (21st December 2012) Cambridge News, “Twas the nightmare before Christmas” – (How to avoid family stress at Christmas). p. 6.
Lambie, J.A. (23rd April 2007). Live on Radio Cambridgeshire discussing effects of TV on children’s development.
Lambie, J.A. (16th October 2007). Live on Radio Cambridgeshire discussing phobias and overcoming fear.