Welcome to the Carolina Affective Science Lab (CASL) at the University of North Carolina. Our on-going lines of research are united by the psychological constructionist hypothesis that emotions are composed of more basic psychological processes such as body states and knowledge about emotion concepts. We are interested in how these processes interact to create the variety of social and emotional experiences and perceptions that people experience in daily life.
Our research is part of the emerging field of affective science--we use diverse methods from social cognition, psychophysiology, neuropsychology and neuroimaging to ask questions about the basis of human emotion. We are interested in such questions as "how do body states shape emotions?," "what do people know about emotions and how does this shape what they feel?," "how does the language you speak shape what emotion you see on someone else's face?," and "what makes people differ in the complexity of emotional experience?"