Affective Science and Culture Lab

Welcome to the Affective Science and Culture Lab at Yale University! 

Emotions are at the core of our human experience. Yet much of our emotional lives remains shrouded in mystery. Why do some people experience such a diverse range of emotions? When does culture create a barrier to a mutual understanding of each other’s states?  We address questions like these with research focused on the dynamic influences of social, affective, and cultural processes on emotional experience,  emotion perception and their downstream consequences for the mind, behavior, and relationships.  We employ a multi-method approach, including ambulatory, fieldwork, and lab-based studies using behavioral and physiological methods. Read more about our research here.