I explore links between the brain, personality, and behavior—to better understand how people regulate their eating and emotions.
self-control of eating
Since that fateful day in the garden, we human beings have struggled to negotiate between fleeting, short-term pleasures and the lasting consequences of our decisions. For most of human history, self-control has primarily been a topic for philosophical inquiry and discussion. Recently, with the emergence of experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience, scientists have uncovered brain-behavior relationships underlying successful (and un-successful) control of our thoughts, desires, and behaviors. My research examines individual differences in how people respond to rewarding stimuli, such as appetizing foods, how they exert control over these responses, and the extent to which these processes are predictive of real world behaviors.
emotion regulation, Social support, and health
Often, managing one's emotions is no small feat, for it's not always clear when and how to regulate emotional responses to life's many stressors. In this line of translational work linking mental and physical health, I'm assessing relationships between people's propensity to use various emotion regulation strategies and health outcomes. I'm also exploring the influence of social support and social network variables on these pathways between emotion and health.