Why is it that some people float through life in a sea of tranquility and others spend their days riding an emotional roller coaster? Why does a traumatic experience result in psychopathology for some but leave others unscathed? What evolutionary purpose does variation in affect serve? How does early development program life-long variation in affective processing? How does the social environment shape the brain and emotion? Answering questions like this is our research team’s goal.
The Bliss-Moreau Laboratory conducts translational and comparative affective science using multimethod, multispecies approaches to understand the social and affective lives of humans and nonhuman animals.