Social Processes, Affect, & Neuroendocrinology Lab
The UMass Boston Social Processes, Affect, and Neuroendocrinology Lab takes a biological approach to social psychology, combining an array of methodologies and approaches such as behavioral endocrinology, experimental social psychology, experience sampling, linguistic analysis, online social activity, and survey methodology. In particular, the lab is primarily focused on the studying the effect of hormones on social relationships, status seeking, and aggressive behavior.
The SPAN lab is interested in the following research questions:
How do the hormones modulate impulsive and antisocial behaviors (e.g., risk-taking, aggression)?
What factors moderate and mediate the influence of hormones on human social behavior?
What biological, affective, and social factors influence relationship quality and friendship formation?
How do humans pursue status and what are the critical social, personality, and biological factors that influence status-seeking?
Does culture modulate dominance behaviors and the influence of hormones?