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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology

Affect Social Lab



The affect/social PhD program will prepare you for research and teaching careers in affective science and social psychology.

Affective and social processes are fundamental to human functioning and are intertwined with all areas of psychology. The multidisciplinary approach of this program and our department thus provide strong training for creative and influential research in these areas.

Recent graduates have obtained positions in colleges, universities and research organizations (e.g., non-profit program evaluation).

You will work closely with faculty and fellow students in labs using psychophysiological measurement, social cognition paradigms, behavioral measures and neuroscience tools such as fMRI.

You will be trained to conduct research using methods of affective science and social psychology, as well as cognitive, developmental psychology, neuroscience and psychophysiology.

You may also decide to earn a concentration in developmental cognitive neuroscience, gaining additional training in how affective and social processes influence and are influenced by development, how they operate in atypical populations and how psychologists can study these processes.

Core Faculty & Labs

Daniel N. McIntosh (not taking students for Fall 2017)
Expertise: Emotions, coping and the psychology of religion
Lab: Emotion and Coping Lab

Kateri McRae (taking students for Fall 2017)
Expertise: Emotion/Cognition interactions, emotion regulation, fMRI
Lab: The AACT Lab

Peter Sokol-Hessner (taking students for Fall 2017)
Expertise:  Affect and decision making
Lab:  Sokol-Hessner Lab

Timothy Sweeny (taking students for Fall 2017)
Expertise: Contextual perception of emotional expressions and faces, speech and emotional sounds, shapes, and body movements.
LabVisual Perception, Emotion, and Cognition Lab

Leanne ten Brinke (taking students for Fall 2017)
Expertise:  Trust, dishonesty, and nonverbal behavior
Lab:  coming soon!

Max Weisbuch (taking students for Fall 2017)
Expertise: Social perception, affect and social influence
Lab: Social Perception and Attitudes Lab

In addition to core affect/social faculty, you may work with faculty in the cognitive, clinical or developmental areas.