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MAPP Summit Features Positive Innovation

written by Denise Clegg 6 November 2008

Denise Clegg, MAPP 08, is Program Officer for the Positive Neuroscience project at the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center. She also serves as a facilitator for the Penn Resilience Program and is a daily editor for Positive Psychology News Daily.

Denise writes on the 20th of each month, and her articles are here.

What do corporate superstars, Vanuatu elders, parents of teens and Nobel Laureates all have in common? Strengths, meaning, and engagement. These were just four of the poster subjects presented during the MAPP Summit October 24—26.map of Vanuatu
Poster Session 1: Intentional Leadership – Louis Alloro, Eleanor Chin, and Kathryn Britton
Poster Session 2: Sharing Strengths – Trecia Davis, Christine Duvivier, Sherri Fisher, Lindy O’Brien
Poster Session 3: Stories of Strengths – Virginia Millar & Nadya Peeva
Poster Session 4: Peak Performance – Elaine O’Brien & Greg Quinting

The conference began when Dr. Martin Seligman welcomed graduates and students of the University of Pennsylvania Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program to the inaugural MAPP Summit. Attendees included teachers, psychologists, business leaders, lawyers, engineers, doctors, coaches, researchers, and entrepreneurs from several countries. The diverse community shares a commitment to the study and application of positive psychology.

Conference highlights included presentations by Dr. Seligman, Dr. Ed Diener, and Dr. George Vaillant, each leading positive psychology researchers and founders of the MAPP program. The summit also featured symposia and poster presentations by MAPP graduates presenting some of the latest innovations in research and application.

Martin Seligman
Ed Diener face
Ed Diener
George Vaillant
George Vaillant

We are pleased to present a short introduction to each of the presenters at the poster session, and will be featuring their work in four special PPND segments November 6, 8, 9, and 10. We asked each of the presenters two questions: 1) What kindled your early curiosity and inspired your research project? 2) What is the most important take-away you want to share about your research?

To learn more about positive psychology–from neural networks to social networks, and from physical fitness to family flourishing–read our four-part feature beginning here.

Referenced Image: Vanuatu map

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