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Studying the Brain and Body Correlates of Emotion, from Reaction to Regulation

In the Emotion, Brain, & Behavior Laboratory (EBBL), we seek to understand how people, mostly adults, experience, express and regulate their emotions.

Our current work focuses on identifying emotion and emotion-regulatory processes that serve as reliable predictors of performance under stress. We primarily use behavioral and psychophysiological methods (skin conductance, electrocardiography, facial electromyography, eye tracking). Our past work has featured functional magnetic resonance imaging to identify neural correlates of processes of interest.

In recent years, we have broadened the scope of our work to contribute to multi-laboratory replication projects examining, for example, the impact of a bitter, disgusting drink on judgments of moral wrongness, the valence-dominance model of face perception, and the impact of note-taking methods on academic performance among undergraduate students.

We endorse open scientific values. We make our data, code, and materials openly available, and preregister our studies, hypotheses, and analysis plans when appropriate.

The EBBL was established in 2005 by Heather Urry. We’re currently recruiting a postdoctoral fellow and graduate students for the Fall 2020 Ph.D. program application cycle. Check out the Join page for details.