Mr Beau Gamble

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Research | Current

I'm studying towards a PhD in Psychology. My research focuses on how the ability to imagine the future—known as “prospection”—is affected in depression.

Recent research suggests that a poor ability to imagine the future is a core feature (and maybe even a cause) of depression, but many questions remain unanswered.

Key research questions I am investigating are:

  1. Is poor prospection evident at milder levels of depression in the general community?
  2. What cognitive mechanisms underlie poor prospection in depression?
  3. What particular aspects of prospection are associated with depression? For example, is imagination more negative / less positive / less specific / more fragmented?
  4. How can imagination be improved?

Postgraduate supervision

Primary supervisor: Prof Donna Rose Addis

Co-supervisor: A/Prof Lynette Tippett

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Gamble, B., Hach, S., Murray, C., Tippett, L. J., & Addis, D. R. (2017). Reduced Specificity of Imagined Future Events in Depression. Paper presented at Society for Applied Research on Memory and Cognition Conference, Sydney, Australia. 3 January - 6 January 2017. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lynette Tippett, Donna Rose Addis


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SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 3, Room 367
New Zealand

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