The Emotion & Self Lab

In the Emotion and Self Lab at the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, we study the evolutionary function, nonverbal expression, and psychological structure of emotions and self. Much of our research is focused on the place that self and emotions meet: the self-conscious emotions of pride, shame, embarrassment, and guilt.   But we also study more basic level emotions, such as anger, fear, sadness, and happiness. We use a wide range of methods to study emotional processes, including behavioral observation and coding, social-cognitive techniques (e.g., reaction time assessment, eye-tracking), cross-cultural and cross-species comparisons, narrative assessment, and physiological (e.g., hormone) assessment; and we use experimental, cross-sectional, and longitudinal designs. In an effort to improve the study of self-conscious emotions, we have developed several measurement tools that are available to other researchers. These tools can be downloaded from this website. In all of our research, we tend to take a functionalist perspective, asking why questions about emotions and self, and seeking both ultimate and proximate answers.

Latest News »

Zak Witkower appeared on live TV to talk about the nonverbal status signals sent by the candidates for B.C. Premier — check it out to see what the politicians’ behaviours mean for their chances in the election.

Now published in Emotion: Aaron, Conor, and Jess’ paper documenting problematic measurement practices in research on distinct momentary emotional states.

Alec and Jess’ model of “Emotivational Psychology” accepted for publication in Social-Personality Compass.

Upcoming Talks »

Jess Tracy, Chair, “The What, Why, and How of Disgust”

Symposium featuring talks by David Pizarro, Simone Schnall, and Josh Tybur, at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention

May 27, 2017

Boston, MA

Jess Tracy, “Pride, Status, and Social Rank”

Keynote Address, Western Washington University PsychFest

June 2, 2017

Bellingham, WA

Aaron Weidman, “The Two Sides to Humlility”

Rising Stars Symposium, Association for Research in Personality Bi-Annual Conference

June, 2017

Sacramento, CA

Books and Edited Volumes »

"Take Pride"

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"The Psychology of Social Status"

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"The Self-Conscious Emotions"

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