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WELCOME TO THE POSITIVE EMOTION & PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (PEP) LAB

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."

– Albert Einstein

We know that positive emotions motivate us to pursue important goals, savor experiences, counteract the cardiovascular effects of stress, and maintain vital social bonds. However, a relatively untouched question remains — Can positive emotions also be a source of dysfunction? Can feeling good be a predictor of negative mental health outcomes? Although work in affective science reveals critical insights regarding associated dysfunctions of negative emotion states, research has failed to delineate the nature of positive emotion disturbance using the theoretical lens and methodological tools of affective science.

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