Emotion and Coping Lab

We study social influences on emotion, ranging from basic processes such as facial mimicry of emotion to cultural influences such as religion's role in coping and adjustment. Methods used include laboratory, psychophysiology, survey, and interview. We examine these processes in typical populations, and evaluate the functional consequences of deficits in such processes by studying atypical populations as well (autism, conduct disorder, sensory processing disorder).

Current studies include investigations of bases of rapid facial reactions to faces, mimicry in people with autism and Williams syndrome, functional differences in channels of non-verbal communication of emotion, non-verbal influences on helping behavior, and the role of religion in coping.

Our research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, The National Alliance for Autism Research, the Natural Hazards Research Center, Wallace Research Foundation, the Foundation for Knowledge in Development, the Polish Committee for Scientific Research, and intramural grants from the University of Denver.

Graduate students and post-docs

  • Heidi Blocker (Affect/Social)
  • Larissa D'Abreu (Clinical Child)

Some Lab Alumni