We study people’s emotions, particularly their positive

We are interested in how positive emotions affect people’s
thinking patterns, social behavior, health, and physiological
reactions. Our ultimate goal is to understand how positive
emotions might accumulate and compound to transform
people’s lives for the better.

Our techniques include analyzing reactivity in people’s
autonomic nervous systems and facial muscles. We also assess the
breath of attention and cognition using various computerized
reaction time tests. We are also expert in asking people to
report on their subjective experiences of emotions and
emotion-related experiences using both on-line and retrospective

This site is intended to appeal to scientists, students, as well
as the interested public. If you would like information beyond
what this website provides, please contact
Professor Barbara Fredrickson.


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