Comparative and Translational 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? What aspects of emotion are shared across all animals?
Answering questions like this is our research team’s goal.
The Bliss-Moreau Laboratory conducts comparative and translational affective science using multimethod, multispecies, multilevel approaches to understand the social and affective lives of humans and nonhuman animals.