I am a social psychologist whose research explores how emotions shape and are shaped by social processes. Specifically, my research focuses on the adaptive functions of positive social emotions such as pride and gratitude. This program of research covers intrapersonal (within person), interpersonal (between individuals), and intergroup (between groups) processes.
The goal of my research is to uncover, via empirical methods, the nature of socio-affective experience and the myriad ways that such experience shapes and is shaped by social interactions. Specifically, I consider how emotions that appear to have functions that are adaptive for social interactions (e.g., pride, gratitude, compassion) shape behaviour. I also engage in research that applies the principles of affective science into applied domains, including the motivation that underlies blood donation. To achieve these goals, I employ a variety of methods, including interpersonal emotion inductions, experience sampling procedures, and psychophysiology. I collaborate extensively with colleagues at UNSW, at other Australian universities, and around the world.
I am open to supervising new postgraduate and/or Honours students in the areas listed above as well as other, related topics. Interested students should contact me via email to discuss these options.