Our lab studies how emotions help (and hurt) us in everyday life by examining the ways in which emotions influence social interactions, decision making, memory, prospection, and goal-directed behavior. We ask questions about the linkage between emotion and these processes in healthy people and in people with different psychological disorders, including schizophrenia and depression. We also study how different contextual factors influence feelings and the perception of emotion in others, as well as how emotion shapes our perceptions of social contexts. We use behavioral, self-report, psychophysiological, and brain imaging methods in our research.

Ann Kring directs the ESI Lab. We are located in Berkeley Way West in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley (see campus map).