The Affective Science Laboratory at Vassar College investigates the science of emotions, coping, and resilience. Our research is part of the interdisciplinary field of affective science — we use an integrated framework for understanding a variety of psychological phenomena related to health and well-being.
Emotions are multifaceted, dynamic, and emergent phenomena that unfold over time. The science of emotions requires empirical approaches that examine the interplay between several processes (cognitive, behavioral, physiological). Members of the laboratory work together to investigate a number of topics, including: positive emotions and coping; psychological resilience; health & wellness; mindfulness; and the structure and dynamics of emotional experience and regulation.
Our empirical studies incorporate multiple research methods, including laboratory-based experiments, psychophysiological measurement procedures, and experience-sampling methodology.