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New PEP Lab research - Oxytocin enhances spirituality.

September 2016

Dr. Van Cappellen talks about her latest research findings. Her research was completed in the PEP Lab and Dr. Van Cappellen has recently accepted a position at Duke University, as the Associate Director of Interdisciplinary and Behavioral Research Center.

Global Compassion Day Summit

July 2015

Listen to Dr. Fredrickson's interview from the Global Compassion Day summit during the Summer of Peace 2015, simply by clicking on the logo to the left.

This free online event features 70+ of the world’s top peacebuilders, social change agents, Indigenous elders, political leaders, scientists and spiritual mentors – all offering inspiration, skills training and practical solutions you can apply in your daily life, relationships, community and the world. For more information, please visit

Meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

June 2015 Dr. Fredrickson and the Dalai Lama

Dr. Fredrickson discusses love, compassion, and ethics with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Happiness & Its Causes meeting in Sydney, Australia.

Dr. Fredrickson and the Dalai Lama

TEDx Talk: Remaking Love

October 2013 Barbara Fredrickson TEDx talk

Dr. Fredrickson presented "Remaking Love" at TEDxLowerEastSide

PEP Lab expands into new off-campus research offices

July 2013 PEP Lab Sign

In addition to the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology laboratory located in Davie Hall, the Lab has now expanded to new research space located in Franklin Square. This new space has three fully functional psychophysiology research rooms, a wetlab for processing biological samples, a training room, conference room, research offices, reception area, and more. Located at 1829 East Franklin Street, Building 600, in Chapel Hill.

July 2013 PNAS

New research: A functional genomic perspective on human well-being.

July 2013 Psychological Science

New Research: How Positive Emotions Build Physical Health: Perceived Social Connections Account for the Upward Spiral Between Positive Emotions and Vagal Tone

March 2013 PNAS

Editorial: Your Phone vs. Your Heart