People in the PEP Lab and their research questions

Director

Barbara L. Fredrickson

Barbara Fredrickson  


  • How do increases in daily positive emotions contribute to physical health?
  • Are co-experienced positive emotions more beneficial for health and well-being than solo-experienced positive emotions?

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Patty Van Cappellen

Patty Van Cappellen  


  • Which (and how) positive emotions open us to spirituality and to see a larger meaning to life?
  • When (and how) does religion bring out the best or the worst in people?

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Laura Kiken

Laura Kiken  


  • How and when is mindfulness related to positive cognitions and emotions?
  • Do specific spiritual beliefs and emotions relate to use of complementary and alternative medicine?

Graduate Students

Carrie Adair

Carrie Adair  


  • How does mindfulness (i.e., non-judgmental present moment attention and awareness) influence experiences of positive and negative affect at both explicit and implicit levels of awareness?
  • How do mindfulness and positive emotions influence feelings of social connection?
Elise Rice

Elise Rice  


  • How do positive emotions influence cognitive processes, especially those that are automatic or non-conscious?
  • How are positive emotions fundamentally different from negative emotions?
Zan Isgett

Zan Isgett  


  • Can different genotypes (related to oxytocin) lead to fundamental differences in individuals' capacity for social connection?
  • How do positive interventions influence emotions and perceived social connection, especially depending on genotype?
Brett Major

Brett Major  


  • How and to what extent do positive emotions help facilitate cognitive emotion regulation?
  • Does physical co-presence play an important role in the relationship between social closeness and improved mental and physical health?

Research Manager

Ann Firestine

Ann Firestine  


  • Oversees the multiple research studies and the day-to-day logistics of running the PEP Lab

Research Staff

Cara Arizmendi

Cara Arizmendi  



  • Study coordinator for the Carolina Daily Health Study
Tracy Powers

Tracy Powers  


  • Study coordinator for the Oxytocin Study and Decision Making Studies
Kaitlin Glauer

Kaitlin Glauer  


  • Research Assistant working on multiple studies throughout the PEP Lab
Shelia Manning-Moss

Shelia Manning-Moss 



  • Lab Technician and Phlebotomist