PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY & NEUROSCIENCE
DIRECTOR, EASIR LAB
DIRECTOR, THE LOVE CONSORTIUM
Recent Lab Photos
EASIR Lab members (re)united at The Love Consortium Love Conference in Durham, NC (Sept 28-30, 2022). Left to right: Dr. Brian Don, Tatum Jolink, Zoe Hansen, Alexis Cameron, Kylie Chandler, Emily Le, Dr. Sara Algoe, Jieni Zhou, Dr. Brett Murphy
EASIR Lab members, Fall 2019. Left to right: Dr. Brian Don, Dr. Brett Murphy, Dr. Emily Hooker, Tatum Jolink, Dr. Sara Algoe, Ayana Younge, Jieni Zhou, Kylie Chandler
Current Lab Members
Dr. Emily D. Hooker is a Postdoctoral Researcher at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Hooker examines the link between social class, close relationships, and ensuing physiological and psychological outcomes.
Brett Murphy is interested in empathy, love, and other positive interpersonal processes. With prior academic training in law and history, he brings a multidisciplinary perspective to his psychological research.
Kylie conducts research on the topics of close relationship initiation and maintenance, and investigates questions about how individuals regulate their behavior in order to meet their relationship-relevant goals. In particular, she often employs experiments to study the motivations resulting from commitment in romantic relationships.
Zoe is interested in how nonverbal behavior is shaped by sociocultural and structural factors.
Tatum Jolink (MA) is a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tatum studies adaptive behaviors used to initiate and strengthen close relationships (e.g., affectionate touch) and bidirectional links between social processes in relationships and the body (e.g., the immune system, sleep).
Jieni Zhou is interested in understanding conducive factors that lead to moments of co-experienced positive emotions in people' daily interactions with both strong and weak ties and the downstream relational consequences of such moments. To investigate these questions, Jieni Zhou used primarily behavioral coding and self-report measures.
Alexis is interested in intergroup relations, racial inequality, and DEI initiatives. More specifically, she is interested in designing interventions that promote equitable outcomes for marginalized groups in higher education and organizational settings.
Emily is interested in the role of relationships in emotion regulation. More specifically, she is interested in how reaching out to specific others in our social networks for emotion-specific regulation contributes to effective emotion regulation and benefits well-being.
A Scientific Approach to Living in Love: A Framework for the Future
This grant supports new research in Dr. Algoe's lab as well as the development of The Love Consortium.
The Love Consortium aspires to collaboratively leverage data to accelerate scientific understanding of human connection.
First Year and Beyond (FAB) Study – some of our FABulous RAs! (From left to right.) Top stair: Kylie Chandler, Tatum Jolink, Abigail Smits, Alexis Cameron, Dr. Sara Algoe; Middle stair: Emily Le, Ali Marx, Alicia Spencer, Zoe Hansen, Emily Allis; Lower stair: Eden Dunn, Claire Nolan, Mansi Agrawal, Isa Colon
FAB Study lead team, Wave I, May 2022 conference. From left to right: Tatum Jolink, Zoe Hansen, Dr. Sara Algoe, Kylie Chandler, Dr. Emily Hooker, Emily Le
FAB Study lead team, Wave II, October, 2022. (From left to right.) Top stair: Kylie Chandler; Middle stair: Tatum Jolink and Alexis Cameron; Lower stair: Emily Le and Zoe Hansen
Validation And Unification Of Love Measurement
This grant supports new research in Dr. Algoe's lab for the development of a measure of "love in the moment".
Uncovering The Cognitive And Cultural Foundations Of Gratitude
-Led by Michael McCullough, UCSD- Department of Psychology
Gratitude and Societal Good: The Role of Everyday Gratitude in Productivity, Transformational Leadership,
Good Citizenship, and the Spread of Altruism
-With Christopher Oveis, UCSD- Rady School of Management
February 2016 Grant Team Data Blitz. Left to right: Yen-Ping Chang, Patrick Dwyer, Ayana Younge, Rainy Gu, Joseph Ocampo, Sara Algoe, Christopher Oveis
Picture This! Framing Purpose and Bringing Gratitude into Focus
-With Laura McKee, Georgia State University
This intervention seeks to increase gratitude in 9th graders through the use of digital picture-taking, sharing, and savoring. This study combines positive psychology (gratitude) with cognitive bias modification to foster student growth.