Danfei Hu Danfei is a second-year graduate student in the FBIp Lab. She is interested in understanding the nature of emotional experience and emotion regulation. Her current projects include 1) examining adaptive emotion regulation in the face of anxiety, 2) studying how neutral affective states are different from ambivalence, and 3) looking at neutral attitudes as a protective mechanism for impression management.
Lauren is a social psychology doctoral candidate. She researches factors that influence people’s subjective experiences of and reactions to negative events. These factors include affect regulation, other cognitive and behavioral coping strategies, and aspects of the negative situation that help or hurt internal states such as affect, motivation, and felt closeness to others. For example, one current project examines how people cope with everyday negative emotional events by sharing the event with others. Specifically, it identifies characteristics of these interactions (e.g., one’s motives for sharing and the listener’s responses) that are associated with improvements in the sharer’s affect and perceived interpersonal closeness to their listener.