Workshop Experience mapping and more

workshops and science café


Researchers and health psychologists Prof. dr. Tamás Martos and dr. Viola Sallay of the Institute of Psychology from the University of Szeged will visit Utrecht University from the 11th  to the 14th  April 2023. And organise two workshops for researchers and students. The first workshop (09:30 - 11:00)  about Personal niches – mapping the social ecology of health. The second workshop (13:30 – 15: 00) is about Experience mapping - how we use it in qualitative research, data analysis, and practice. The researchers have been invited by the UU-strategic theme Dynamics of Youth as part of the Erasmus Staff Mobility Program. 

Registration Workshops/Science Café

Between the workshops, the Thriving & Healthy Youth community of Dynamics of Youth organizes a science café.  If you want to participate in one or both workshops and/or come to the Thriving & Healthy Youth café, please register here for the Wednesday program. 

Workshop 1 -  9:30 - 11:00 

Personal niches – mapping the social ecology of health

The work of Martos and Sally is based on the assumption that the health and well-being of individuals and communities are embedded in concrete social-ecological environments, which they call personal niches. Personal niches have several layers, including their ecological, technological, social, and symbolic aspects. In this workshop, the health psychologists call for helping professionals to reflect on the complexity of the transactions among individuals, their social-ecological environment, and how these transactional processes affect health and well-being.

The workshop summarizes their approach and shows how these concepts can be translated into research projects and professional practice. Precisely, they touch upon ecological concepts and summarize two interrelated themes: (1) the self-regulation of actions and emotions through personal projects and environmental self-regulation strategies and (2) the experience mapping, a visual and qualitative assessment method they apply to explore how people construct their personal niches. They present how these concepts are translated into building strengths and modifying behavioural and relational patterns. Workshop participants can explore the potential interrelations between their work experiences, research themes, and the concepts presented.

Workshop 2 - 13:30 - 15:00 

Experience mapping – how we use it in qualitative research, data analysis, and practice

In the workshop Martos and Sallay will overview the theoretical basis and practice of an experience mapping method, the Experience Map based Interview (ExperiMAP). ExperiMAP is a visual and qualitative assessment method to explore peoples' everyday self-regulation strategies. Moreover, ExperiMAP-based techniques can be used in health psychological interventions and cooperative systemic development projects. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to make self-experience with the methodology, which entails visual representations of one's important environments (home, workplace, favourite places) and marking the places of positive and negative experiences on it. The adjacent interview and qualitative data analysis focus on these experiences and the environmental and relational self-regulation processes. In the workshop the  researchers will discuss the methodology's potential with the participants and give several examples of its recent use in our research and practice. We will also touch upon the relevant qualitative assessment and data-analytic techniques that can be useful in research and clinical practice.


Viola Sallay, is a clinical health psychologist and assistant professor at the Institute of Psychology, University of Szeged, Hungary. She is a certified couple and family therapist and a European Family Therapy Association (EFTA) board member. Her research interests include relational and emotional self-regulation processes, family functioning, and the role of the social-physical environment in healthy functioning. She specializes in qualitative methodology.

Tamás Martos, is a clinical health psychologist and full professor at the Institute of Psychology, University of Szeged, Hungary. He is a certified couple and family therapist. His research interests include the role of motivational processes and goal constructs in healthy human functioning and positive psychology and the role of self-regulation processes in close relationships. He works with an extended team of international scholars in research projects.

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Evenementenruimte E1.06, Martinus Langeveldgebouw, Heidelberglaan 1, Utrecht
Entrance fee

If you want to participate please registrate for one or both workshops and the science café by this registration form.