Emotions and Quantitative Psychophysiology


Current Research

Ethnic Differences in Worry

This study is focused on identifying ethnic differences in how college students worry, as well as differences in physiological responses and flexibility. These possible differences in flexibility may be a function of systematic changes in physiological responding among members of differing ethnic groups or they may be a function of differing levels of trait worry.

Negative Psychological and Physiological Effects of Stereotype Threat

Stereotype threat (ST) can be defined as being at risk of confirming a negative stereotype about one’s group. This study examines the negative impact ST has on overall mental and physical health.

Forgiveness, Cardiovascular Function, and Cognition

Give us this day our daily grudge? Is there a health benefit to forgiving? What precisely happens when we forgive or don’t forgive others? This series of studies explores the cardiovascular and cognitive mechanisms and outcomes of state and trait forgiveness as well as perseverative unforgiveness.

Self-Regulatory Processes and Heart Rate Variability

An individual’s self-regulatory ability is a major predictor of future mental and physical well-being. This study explores how individual differences in HRV relate to the self-regulatory processes (e.g., inhibition, effortful control) that people use to manage their thoughts, feelings, and behavior.