Lauren Spencer Lauren is a first year social psychology graduate student. Her research interests are based around the self and emotion. One current project will examine adjustments people make to their reported and forecasted emotions over time to maintain positive affect in the face of negative events.
Brianna is a fourth year graduate student in the FBIp Lab. She studies the influence that emotion and beliefs have on information processing and behavior. Current projects include a. studying how the visual arrangement of information affects the judgments people make about it b. how beliefs about free will influence emotional and rational processing about moral decisions c. examining the influence that hope and fear have on how efficacious a person feels in response to an environmental threat, and d. a project that will examine how political humor, by altering emotional states, might influence how engaged people are with politics. Other interests include exercising, fiction, swing dancing, cooking (well, mostly eating), and travel.