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Current Lab Members & Research Questions


Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D
Curriculum Vitae
How do increases in daily positive emotions contribute to physical health?
Are co-experienced positive emotions more beneficial for health and well-being than solo-experienced positive emotions?

Graduate Students

Catherine Berman (she/her)
How do shared positive affective processes and social connections influence the initiation and maintenance of individual and collective health behaviors?
What psychological processes influence support for policies that address health inequalities?

Khoa Le Nguyen
How do positive emotions influence social cognition and prosocial behaviors?
What behaviors cultivate positive emotions and increase well-being in Facebook users?

Michael Prinzing
What makes life feel meaningful?
How should the idea of a meaningful life be understood?
How can doing good for others or for the planet also be good for oneself?

Kelly Tan
How do positive emotions operate while caregiving for an individual with an advanced cancer?
What role do positive emotions play during stress response while caring for an individual with advanced cancer?

Taylor West
How do socioecological conditions – such as class or culture – influence shared positive emotions, particularly with strangers? How does this variation in positive affective processes influence health and well-being?

Jieni Zhou
What accounts for people’s sensitivity to positive experiences and who can benefit the most from positive emotions?
How do positive interactions in romantic relationships impact people’s relationship satisfaction and physical health?