In the Social Psychophysiology and Neuroendocrinology lab we study the ways in which psychological states shape, and are shaped by neurobiological and physiological processes. The laboratory takes a multilevel approach to the study of the mind, brain and social behavior and incorporates a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives that range from molecular and systems biology to cognitive and social psychology.

Current topics being studied in the lab include:

  • Early life trauma, psychological resilience and academic outcomes 
  • The relationship between perceived disgust, ethnocentrism and immune functioning 
  • Physiological, psychological and behavioral responses to competition in elite athletes 
    • The influence of psychological stress on time perception
    • The relationship between perceived interoceptive awareness, interoceptive accuracy, and threat perception 
    • The psychological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying emotion contagion and physiological resonance 
    • The influence of genetic variation in peptide hormone receptors on neurocardiac and neuroendocrine responses to social stress
      • Complexity, emergence and reductionism as it relates to Social Neuroscience
      • The influence of virtual social networks on stress and coping
      • The relationship between subjective social status on autonomic nervous system functioning
        • The influence of intranasal oxytocin on aggressive behaviors