Nostalgia, or a sentimental longing for the past, is a common yet meaningful emotion. Whether it's reflecting on childhood memories, longing to re-experience friendships and relationships of the past, or late night Netflix binges of Stranger Things, nostalgic experiences can be bittersweet, yet inspire and reaffirm us. New work led by Yu Luo (lead author), in collaboration with the SPAN lab, Baldwin Way, C. Nathan DeWall, Brad Bushman, Tim Wildschut, and Constantine Sedikides...
New research from our lab published in Social Neuroscience suggests that testosterone increases to winning a competition predict increased risk-taking behavior. Interestingly, the effects of testosterone changes are the strongest in more individualistic/independent men. You can read more about the new research here.
Terence (first author) and Ashlin just published their first paper together. Congratulations! This new paper suggests that different genres of music can be used to regulate positive and negative emotionality in different ways. Read all about it here.
Recently, the SPAN lab helped out with a fun psychoneuroendocrine "experiment." Scientist/Author/Thinkers Steven Pinker and David Ropeik met up to watch a Hockey game between their favorite teams and debate about determinism vs, free will. Of course, we had to measure their hormonal responses to both the athletic and intellectual competition. Read more about it here on psychologytoday.com.
Photo: David Ropeik (Left) and Steven Pinker (Right)
The SPAN Lab just completed its first dyadic interaction hormones study! Congratulations, everyone, for your hard work and dedication to completing this large project. Congratulations, as well, to Ashlin Roy, Animan Randhawa, Erinda Morina, Adriana Rodrigeuz, and Terence Cook for their recent first-author poster presentations at UMass Boston and the 2017 APS annual convention in Boston! The lab also welcomes Marcello Orlando to the research team for the summer and beyond. Keep up the great work!
Our lab is currently seeking a full-time research assistant (RA) to start in Fall, 2016. This position is well-suited for motivated graduating undergraduate students and post-baccalaureates preparing to apply to graduate programs in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field. Candidates can read more about and apply for this position using the Interview Exchange system at the following link: https://www.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=72934
Terence Cook was recently awarded funding as an affiliate of the IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development) program at UMass Boston. This work is funded by a grant from the National Institude of General Medical Science (NIGMS) of the National Institute of Health (NIH). Congratulations, Terence! We are very proud!
The shape of your face appears to map on to a wide range of traits and behaviors, including aggression, psychopathic traits, combat formidably, drive for achievement, competitive successes, performance in negotiations, and unethical behavior. For a while researchers have speculated that facial structure, along with these behaviors and traits, are due to the common influence of the sex hormone testosterone. However, in multi-study analysis of 1041 men's testosterone and facial structure, we found...