Translational and Comparative Affective Science

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 Translational and Comparative Affective Science Team adopts multimethod, multispecies approaches to understanding the social and affective lives of humans and nonhuman animals.  Read more about our research here and here.