Dr Thuy-vy Nguyen
My current research mainly focuses on observing people's experiences when spending time alone and understanding personality and contextual factors that predict the quality of their solitude.
I mostly use experimental and diary study design to investigate my research questions. My most often go-to paradigm is to have participants sit quietly by themselves for a brief period of time (15 minutes) and observe how they react to that experience. I am looking to explore other data collection methods besides self-reported measures. Specifically, I am exploring options to use eye tracking to understand attention in solitude and physiological measurements to look at changes in parasympathetic responses.
My doctoral training is in motivational science with a focus on Self-Determination Theory (SDT). SDT focuses on integration of behavioral values and satisfaction of the basic psychological needs of autonomy, relatedness, and competence as the basis for sustainable behavioural changes and wellness.
Department of Psychology
- Nguyen, Thuy-vy T., Werner, Kaitlyn M. & Soenens, Bart (2019). Embracing me-time: Motivation for solitude during transition to college. Motivation and Emotion 43(4): 571-591.
- Nguyen, Thuy-vy T., Ryan, Richard M. & Deci, Edward L. (2018). Solitude as an Approach to Affective Self-Regulation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 44(1): 92-106.