The underlying premise of our research program is that emotional processes are the foundation of cognition and behavior. The work in the lab has focused on two major lines of inquiry: 1) how and why do emotional processes impact people’s judgments about what is likely to happen to them in the future and their behaviors to approach or avoid future events?, and 2) what is the impact of specific emotions on people’s cognition and behavior, and when do specific emotions result in greater success? These are core questions that bridge disciplines within psychology, including social psychology, cognitive psychology, and judgment and decision making, as well as interdisciplinary pursuits including positive psychology and affective science.

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Data from Levine, Lench, Kaplan, & Safer (2012): Study 5 Meta-analysis