Welcome to the Emotion and Mental Health Lab!

Directed by Dr. Renee J. Thompson at Washington University in St. Louis

The lab’s research centers on understanding people’s everyday emotional experiences. We use multi-method approaches, including ecological momentary assessment, to examine how people feel throughout their daily lives. The lab is interested in what impacts how people feel, how people regulate their emotions, their beliefs about their emotions, and how emotion is involved in decision making. We recruit a variety of samples, including adolescents and adults, and people with and without anxiety and depressive disorders. 

*Recent Lab News*

  • In collaboration with the Emotions & Relationships, the lab is hiring a postdoctoral fellow. See “Want to Join the Lab? tab” for more info!
  • Emotion and Mental Health Lab graduate students, Daphne Liu and Alison Tuck, are presenting at the 2021 Society for Affective Science Conference in April! Daphne’s  submission “Age Differences in Interpersonal Emotion Regulation Seeking Behaviors in Everyday Life” was selected to be published after the conference in a supplement of Affective Science. 
  • Emotion Lab research highlighted in the New York Times!*  Read the article, which explores feeling bad about feeling good during COVID-19, here