Welcome to the Emotion and Relationships Lab!

Directed by Dr. Tammy English at Washington University in St. Louis


Unwanted emotions are a part of our everyday interactions, such as when we have a disagreement with a coworker or have to make a sacrifice for our romantic partner. Regulation of these emotions plays an important role in maintaining both personal and relational well-being. When emotion regulation attempts go well, they can help us reach not only our emotional goals, but also other types of goals, such as avoiding conflict with others. On the other hand, emotion regulation can also be damaging, especially if we use ineffective strategies. In the Emotion & Relationships Lab, we seek to gain a better understanding of how emotion regulation operates across different contexts, with a focus on the social nature of emotion regulation.

Recent Lab News

  • Upcoming: Dr. English will be giving a talk at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Emotion Pre-Conference in March 2018.
  • November: Katie will be leading a methodology webinar for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues on 11/29/17 entitled “Nonverbal Behavioral Coding for Researchers.”
  • November: Lameese received the APA Dissertation Research Award. Congrats, Lameese!
  • October: Carly, Isidro, and Katie presented posters on their research at the Purpose in a Diverse World Conference (see Photos)