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2017

Stephanie Yu Awarded BSI Scholar Grant

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Stephanie was awarded a BSI Scholar Grant to work on her thesis examining emotional diversity and associations with treatment efficacy in mood disorders! The BSI Scholars program provides funding for undergraduates doing STEM research and is funded in large part through a grant by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Stephanie will receive a $2500 stipend and she will attend seminars throughout the year and present her research at the end of the year. Congrats Stephanie!

R01 Awarded with Jamil Zaki

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The PEP lab is part of a recently funded NIH R01 grant on ""Computational and brain predictors of emotion cue integration". Jami Zaki at Stanford University is the primary PI, and June Gruber and Tor Wager are the CU Boulder subcontract coordinators. The major goals of this project are to build computational models of naturalistic emotion perception, and to examine brain signatures of emotion cue integration in healthy and mood disordered subjects. Stay tuned!

Gruber Named Associate Editor

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Dr. Gruber was recently elected as an incoming Associate Editor for the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. Perspectives on Psychological Science was named a Rising Star in the field of Psychiatry/Psychology. Its current record in this field includes 227 papers cited a total of 2,020 times. Check out the journal below:

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2016

June Gruber has been named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Sciences.

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Fellow status is awarded to APS Members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service and/or application.

Congrats to Former Grad Student Sunny Dutra!

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Former graduate student Sunny Dutra interviewed by Student Newsletter for Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP) on her winning the prestigious Smadar Levin Award. In the interview Sunny describes her career path in clinical science and mentorship with Dr. Gruber.

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Lab work featured in The Atlantic

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Work in the lab on the importance of emotional diversity over the prioritization of positive emotions in predicting optimal mental health outcomes featured in the Atlantic. Interview excerpt: “Other research suggests that the key to well-being is not feeling positive emotions more often than negative emotions, or trying to turn negativity into positivity, but rather feeling a wide variety of emotions, a concept that June Gruber, a professor of psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, calls “emodiversity.” Much like biodiversity (an abundance of different species of plants and animals) makes an environment resilient, emodiversity appears to make one’s internal environment resilient, too. She’s found that people with greater emodiversity have better physical and mental health. “They actually fared worse if they had an imbalance of negative emotions at the expense of positive or positive at the expense of negative,” she says…”

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Misunderstanding Positive Emotion

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June Gruber interviewed by John Brockman at Edge.org about Misunderstanding Positive Emotion. Interview excerpt: “One of the biggest questions I've been asking myself is why positive emotions have been so deeply neglected, particularly in the understanding of mental illness. I think of this as the neglected role of positive emotions. We know a lot about negative emotions in psychopathology, which has been important in getting to the root of disorders such as anxiety, substance abuse, and depression. This knowledge has been effectively disseminated in order to develop etiological models and create effective treatment. We know far less about the role of positive emotions in human health and also human dysfunction, which is one of the biggest questions that I've been trying to tackle lately. It's not a trivial question…”

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Grant Awarded to Nicole Weiss!

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Nicole Weiss at Yale University awarded K23DA039327 grant for project, in collaboration with the PEP lab, to utilize an innovative, multi-method approach to identify the potential underlying role of emotion dysfunction stemming from both positive emotional experiences in the relations between posttraumatic stress symptoms and substance use and HIV/sexual risk behaviors. These associations will be tested in the laboratory via a novel experimental paradigm and in the real world via daily assessments (i.e., experience sampling). Congrats Nicole!

Colorado Affective Sciences Laboratories Featured!

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”Human emotions are universally experienced but not fully understood. A new initiative at the University of Colorado Boulder aims to tap a wide range of expertise to shed light on the mysteries of human nature…That quest underlies a new initiative that employs an interdisciplinary approach to understanding emotion, called Colorado Affective Sciences Laboratories…”

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Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine Interviews June Gruber

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From Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine: “At some point in your life you’ve likely heard that “too much of a good thing” can be bad for you.June Gruber has used science to prove this old adage true. Gruber, a professor of psychology and neuropsychology at the University of Colorado Boulder, studies emotional extremes and the upper limits of human positivity. Leaders in her field are taking note of Gruber’s groundbreaking research.Gruber was recently honored as a 2016 recipient of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions. The award lauds “the creativity and innovative work of scientists who represent the future promise and potential of psychological science.” And, she was invited to present her research on emotional extremes recently at the 17th annual convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) in San Diego, California.We wanted to know more about Gruber’s research so we asked her some questions…”

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June Gruber receives APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions

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APS Janet Taylor Spence Award recognizes transformative early career contributions to psychological science. The APS recognized psychological scientists “pushing the limits of their field” in various ways, such as the establishment of new approaches or paradigms within a field of psychology, or the development or advancement of research that cuts across fields of psychological science.

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Congrats Sunny!

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Sunny Dutra, PEP lab graduate student alumni has accepted a post-doctoral research fellowship within the Behavioral Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston. Her primary mentor will be Brian Marx, Ph.D., and she will be working on reward-related mechanisms of PTSD and implications for treatment. Sunny’s broad research interests are centered on understanding the pathophysiology of reward and emotion processing dysfunctions. Her dissertation research in the PEP lab investigated the neural basis, as well as physiological, behavioral and clinical correlates of these dysfunctions in patients with Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder.

Edge Annual Question

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June Gruber included among 200 scientists invited to responds to Edge.Org’s Annual Question: “What do you consider the most interesting recent scientific news?” June writes about how emotions influence environmental well-being, stating: “We know that emotions can influence individual well-being. Indeed, scientific progress has unveiled how human emotions—from exuberance to sorrow and even compassion—can optimize as well as hinder individual-level health outcomes. Across numerous studies we see that the intensity and flexibility of our emotions has robust effects on a wide range of cross-sectional and longitudinal well-being outcomes for the individual person. Furthermore, an optimal diversity of (both positive and negative) emotional experiences in everyday life promotes greater subjective well-being and decreased psychopathology symptoms. But are the effects of emotion on well-being specific to these types of individual-level outcomes?…” [Read More]

2015

The “7 S’s” of Positive Emotion Disturbance

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The PEP lab’s work featured in American Psychological Association’s Science Brief on the “Emerging Themes of Positive Emotion Disturbance.” Article reviews emerging work on positive emotion disturbance thematically using seven key themes that encompass key positive emotion processes likely to play roles in emotion disturbance.

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Gruber featured in Science Vs Podcast

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Work by June Gruber and colleagues on the science of happiness featured in Science Vs Podcast by Wendy Zukerman who describes the podcast: “We are often told that we can be happy, if we try hard enough. By shifting our mindset, changing our lifestyles, or even writing a gratitude journal – happiness is waiting for all of us! But, what does science say?”

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New Templeton Grant

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June Gruber and Sona Dimidjian receive a generous grant from The Templeton Foundation through the Experience Project at the University of Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill! This project will utilize a mixed methods approach, incorporating self-report questionnaires, standardized emotion-relevant laboratory measures, experience sampling, and in-depth interviews to address the extent to which transformative life experiences transform self-oriented and other-oriented positive emotion processes, as well as identifying distinct trajectories associated with personal and social well-being.

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Congrats Anny!

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Anny Dow awarded Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant and a Mellon Undergraduate Research Grant for her senior thesis project entitled “The Emotional Marketplace.” Anny will used this funding to support data collection for this project in the coming academic year, co-advised by Gregory Samanez-Larkin at Yale University and June Gruber. Anny’s senior thesis will investigate how much utility people get from different emotional experiences, the degree to which their stated preferences are consistent with past work on the expected influence of specific emotions on global well-being, and how preferences interact with other factors such as age, mania history, and temporal discounting.

SAS Positive Emotions Pre-Conference!

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The 2nd Annual Positive Emotions Pre-Conference will be held prior to the Society for Affective Sciences (SAS) Meeting on April 9, 2015 in Oakland, CA. We have an outstanding line-up of leaders in the field this year, including: Dacher Keltner, Charles Carver, Jeanne Tsai, Robert Levenson, Iris Mauss, Jamil Zaki, Greg Siegle, Pranj Mehta, Derek Isaacowitz, Tessa West, with closing remarks by Barbara Fredrickson.

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Gaia Cooper wins UROP Summer Award

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Senior thesis student Gaia Cooper receives prestigious $2,400 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Summer Award through the University of Colorado Boulder to work in the PEP lab on her senior thesis project. Gaia will be focusing on emotional memory among adults diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Congrats Gaia!

Why Happy People Aren’t Empathetic as They Think

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Forbes magazine features work by PEP Lab Grad Student Hillary Devlin and collaborators Jamil Zaki and Desmond Ong at Stanford, on “Why Happy People Aren’t as Empathetic as They Think.” Forbes states: “A new study investigated the claim and found that feeling positive doesn’t make you any better at empathy than others, and in some ways it’s a handicap….”

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Positive Emotion Linked to Cooperation

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Yale Daily News features recent work published in PLOS One by June Gruber and David Rand examining associations between positive emotion, inhibition and cooperative behavior. Reporters note: “Making use of data from 4,218 adult U.S. residents who participated in nine different social dilemma studies, as well as a smaller study involving 236 subjects, the research found that positive emotions — feelings of gratitude, for instance — promote cooperation, whereas self-control significantly reduces cooperation.”

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Congrats Kirsten!

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Grad student alumni Kirsten Gilbert awarded NIHM T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Neuroscience and Child Psychopathology at Washington University in St. Louis, where she will be working with Dr. Deanna Barch. The fellowship will focus on interdisciplinary training, with trainees gaining expertise in both basic and clinical domains, including developmental psychopathology, developmental affective and cognitive neuroscience, genetics and developmental neuroimaging.

2014

Wall Street Journal Features Postdoc Keith Welker

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WSJ features recent work by Keith Welker on links between facial-width-to-height ratio with socially dominant and aggressive behavior. The article notes: “Studies of men have associated broader faces with aggression, unethical behavior and a greater willingness to express prejudice—as well as success in the role of chief executive. Now, it seems, the same factor can predict performance on the soccer field. And the likely explanation is testosterone. Researchers at the University of Colorado, Wayne State University in Michigan and Nipissing University in Ontario studied player statistics from 32 national teams competing in the 2010 World Cup…”

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Comedian Shane Moss Interviews June Gruber

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Comedian Shane Mauss interviews science experts across the country in a journey to find out what makes us who we are. In one of his interviews, he speaks with June Gruber about facial recognition of emotions, emotion elicitation and regulation, as well as the evolution of emotion. Shane Mauss notes: “This episode really stuck with me. I found myself thinking back on some of the ideas we discussed for weeks afterwards. There were so many topics we could have spent the whole episode talking about. This one is highly representative of what I envisioned the podcast being when I started this project.”

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CASL Series Launches!

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The Colorado Affective Sciences Laboratories ("CASL") series launches in September 2014, founded by June Gruber, Tor Wager, & Leaf Van Boven, with the goal of bringing together people interested in affective science. CASL series consists of monthly meetings that will bring together affective scientists broadly from the Colorado area. During these meetings the "host lab" will have the opportunity to share recent discoveries and seek input, brainstorm new project ideas, discuss readings of interest, and seek collaborative input from the group. Faculty, postdocs grad students and exceptional RAs are encouraged to attend.

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SSCP Features 5 W’s of Becoming a Clinical Scientist

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The Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) invites June Gruber to provide advice for graduate students on becoming clinical psychologist. Read here her article for the Fall 2014 issue of the SSCP Newsletter, Clinical Science, “The 5 W’s of Becoming a Clinical Scientist.”

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Huffington Post interviews June Gruber

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June Gruber, a professor of psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to discuss some of the key ingredients we need to be happier. “Happiness has a few key ingredients; it’s not one single thing," said Gruber. "There’s feelings, thoughts, behaviors and even the way our body responds." Asked to discuss how people can measure happiness in their everyday lives, Gruber highlighted a common mistake people make in their search for fulfillment.“If your spotlight is so strongly focused on how you can become happy, that actually backfires, paradoxically, and people report feeling less happy the more they try to pursue it,” explained Gruber. “Don’t focus on the pursuit of happiness; focus on other people, things you’re grateful for and doing things for others as opposed [for] yourself.”

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WIRED features article by June Gruber on Pursuit of Happiness

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The pursuit of happiness isn't all it's cracked up to be:Aristotle claimed that "happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence." And for good reason. Scientists are only now beginning to catch up with Aristotle's early observations about human wellbeing, with recent discoveries pointing to the benefits of positive feelings: they motivate us to pursue goals, broaden our scope of attention, buffer against the effects of stress and even stave off illness. Further benefits of experiencing and promoting feelings centered on the wellbeing of others, such as compassion and gratitude, demonstrate robust benefits for our social relationships and even neural health. So it seems, for all intents and purposes, we should want to feel happiness and its related varieties of positivity, correct?

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Oxford University Press publishes Positive Emotion Volume

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June Gruber and Judith Moskowitz co-edited published volume on positive emotion. Description here: “Gruber and Moskowitz propose that the field is now ripe to consider the costs, and not just the benefits, of positive emotion. This book offers the first comprehensive exploration of this phenomenon. It offers a comprehensive summary of current theoretical and empirical work on positive emotion and provides empirical examples of the 'light side' or adaptive benefits of positive emotion according to the degree, context (health, social relationships, coping), and type of adaptive outcome. It also provides empirical examples of the 'dark side' or maladaptive aspects of positive emotion organized according to the degree, context, type and reasons for pursuing positive emotion in healthy and clinical populations. It discusses therapeutic applications regarding how to cultivate and foster healthy positive emotion, and suggests future research to better understand the nature of positive emotion.”

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Yale Scientific reports article on “The tinted lens of positive emotion.”

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”Imagine seeing life through rose-colored glasses. At first, you might think that the world is uncharacteristically pink, but over time, your experiences and perceptions of everything around you are sure to change. This phenomenon is exactly what Yale Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. June Gruber investigated in her study on mania. An abnormally elated mental state, mania is often characterized by feelings of euphoria, lack of inhibitions, talkativeness, risk taking, and irritability. Using the lens of mania, Gruber examined how increased positive emotionality shapes one’s emotional experience and perception of others during a conversation between couples about a distressing topic. Her research revealed that heightened positive emotionality leads individuals to have a more positive emotional experience and perception of other people, inducing a positively biased “rose-colored glasses” perception of the world…”

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New scale measuring inspiration featured in Yale News!

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Mental illness and creativity have long been linked, yet how inspiration drives creative thinking has remained a mystery. A new study by researchers at Yale and the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom explored how different types of inspiration relate to one form of mental illness, bipolar disorder…“This more self-focused form of inspiration can be highly motivating; yet if experienced too intensely may make it difficult to socially connect with and accomplish goals,” said Yale’s June Gruber, a co-author of the study. Gruber hopes researchers will use more nuanced measures of inspiration to continue to study links with creativity and psychological health.

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Can Animals Be Too Happy?

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Live Science reports on article by Marc Bekoff, one of the world’s pioneering cognitive ethologists and Guggenheim Fellow, on whether animals can be too happy. In his article Dr. Bekoff discusses his current work underway with June Gruber on adopting a comparative approach to identifying cross-species disturbances in positive emotion.

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BBC interviews June Gruber

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BBC Radio interviews June Gruber for discussion on well-being in which former Head of the Civil Service Lord O’ Donnell proposes a radical reform of public policy-making, targeted at "wellbeing", or life satisfaction, not simply economic growth.

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Edge Foundation Honors Daniel Kahneman

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June Gruber and Amy Cuddy describe Kahneman’s influence on their scientific thinking, in an Edge tribute to Daniel Kahneman answering the question: “How has Kahneman’s work influenced your own? What step did it make possible?” Full list of contributors includes: Michael McCullough, June Gruber & Amy Cuddy, Xavier Gabaix & David Laibson, Gary Marcus, Christopher Chabris, Nicholas Epley, Jennifer Jacquet, Laurie Santos & Tamar Gendler, Jason Zweig, Mahzarin Banaji, Fiery Cushman, William Poundstone, Andrew Rosenfield, Cass Sunstein, Phil Rosenzweig, Richard Nisbett, Richard Thaler & Sendhil Mullainathan, Eric Kandel, Michael Norton, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Joshua Greene, Walter Mischel, Steven Pinker, Nicholas Christakis, Rory Sutherland.

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New Workshop on Science of Happiness

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June Gruber & Emma Seppala (Stanford University) offer new workshop on the science of happiness and well-being on October 10-12 at the Esalen Institute. Workshop Description: “What brings us true happiness? We know from research that we often fail to correctly predict the things that will bring us happiness, and forget to nourish those things that truly bring our soul contentment. Is there only one kind of happiness, or several? Are all types of happiness the same? Is happiness always good for us? How does happiness differ from fulfillment, meaning, and purpose? This workshop is led by two nationally-known early career psychologists in the science and psychology of happiness, human emotion, and flourishing. You will learn about the science behind emotion and pleasure, as well as ways to cultivate happiness in your own life and to identify your own individual fulfillment profile. This multidisciplinary workshop will include science-based teachings, interactive videos, and group discussions, as well as yoga, breathing, and meditation practices.”

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Sunny Dutra wins Best Poster award at SAS

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Graduate student Sunny Dutra wins best poster award for her work on “Elevated Striatal Reactivity to Monetary and Social Reward in Bipolar I Disorder” at inaugural conference for the Sockety for Affective Science (SAS) held in Bethesda, Maryland on April 24-25, 2014.

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Yale Herald interviews June Gruber

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Yale Herald sits down to interview June Gruber about work on positive emotions and mental health: “June Gruber is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology (PEP) Laboratory. Her research focuses on a paradox that confuse, or even scare most listeners: the negative effects of poistive emotion. Dr. Gruber is the author of myriad articles and chapters, and has edited a volume of research in her field, Dark and Light Sides of Positive Emotion. This week the Herald sat down with her to learn more about her lab here at Yale and the glum fallout of feeling happy.”

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Work by PEP lab featured in Greater Good "Top 10 Insights of 2013"

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Work on stability of positive emotions featured in the Top 10 Insights of 2014, by the Greater Good Science Center. They present " 10 scientific insights published in peer-reviewed journals from the past year that we anticipate will be cited in scientific studies, help shift public debate, and change individual behavior in the year to come.."

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2013

APS Rising Star June Gruber shares predictions about future of field

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In winding up this year-long series, the Observer contacted several APS Rising Stars from the past few years and asked them to provide forecasts on the different directions that psychological and integrative research will take over the next quarter century. Here’s what they hope to see by the time APS celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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Science News Features Work on Down-Side of Positive Emotion

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Work by June Gruber and colleagues featured in Science News article on The Bright Side of Sadness. The article notes: "Thomas Jefferson defended the right to pursue happiness in the Declaration of Independence. But that’s so 237 years ago. Many modern societies champion everyone’s right to be happy pretty much all the time…"

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Human Emotion - Top 5 iTunes U Course

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June Gruber's course on Human Emotion available for free download on iTunes U, and ranked in the top 5 across all iTunes U courses in October 2013. This course introduces students to a diverse array of theoretical and empirical issues related to the study of human emotion. Some questions the course will address include: What are our emotions? What purpose do they serve? How do emotions relate to our thoughts, memories, and behaviors towards others? What happens when our emotional responses go awry? Although these questions date back to early philosophical texts, only recently have experimental psychologists begun to explore this vast and exciting domain of study.

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Edge Foundation Talk on Positive Emotion

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June Gruber speaks on the "Scientific Study of Positive Emotion" at a recent Edge Foundation event. Talk transcript reads: "What I'm really interested in is the science of human emotion. In particular, what's captivated my field and my interest the most is trying to understand positive emotions. Not only the ways in which perhaps we think they're beneficial for us or confer some sort of adaptive value, but actually the ways in which they may signal dysfunction and may not actually, in all circumstances and in all intensities, be good for us..." [Watch Full Video] [Media Coverage in Boing Boing]

Yale Daily News Features work on Theory of Mind in Bipolar Disorder

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Recent work by graduate student Amanda Purcell and June Gruber on emotional theory of mind in healthy adults and those with bipolar disorder featured in the Yale Daily News on 11/12/13! Article begins: "New research from the Yale Psychology Department suggests individuals with bipolar disorder not currently suffering from its symptoms are able to perceive others’ emotions just as accurately as healthy people. To measure emotional perception, the research team used a theory of mind test, which gauges subjects’ abilities to sense others’ emotional states..."

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APS Observer Features Experts in Emotion Series

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APS Observer notes: "Affective science is the study of emotion and ties together decision-­making, attention, and self-­regulation, as well as the underlying physiology and neuroscience of emotions. Get the latest on emotion research by watching the Experts in Emotion series of videos and following the newly formed Society for Affective Science."

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NARSAD Grant Awarded

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June Gruber receives 2013 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. The NARSAD Young Investigator Grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. Two year awards up to $60,000, or $30,000 per year are provided to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or child and adolescent mental illnesses."

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NPR Covers Expert in Emotion Series

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NPR's blogger Tania Lombrozo of UC Berkeley covers June Gruber's expert in emotion series.

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Online Course in Human Emotion by June Gruber

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Professor Gruber launches a free online course in Human Emotion through Yale University Online Courses! The course addresses questions such as what are our emotions? What purpose do they serve? How do emotions relate to our thoughts, memories, and behaviors towards others? What happens when our emotional responses go awry? The course begins by discussing the evolutionary origins of distinct emotions such as love, anger, fear, and disgust. It then focuses on how emotions might color our cognitive processes such as thinking and memory, the relationship between emotions and the brain, development of emotions in childhood, and how emotions shape our social relationships; as well as studying mental illness and emotion. The course concludes by studying the pursuit of happiness and well-being, trying to understand what makes us happy.

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Karl Pilkington visits PEP lab

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Comedian Karl Pilkington visits the PEP lab to learn about research on happiness, and discover something about his own happiness (or lack thereof). This will be included for an upocming series with Karl Pilkington, as he travels the world meeting people from different countries and cultures and reflecting on some of life's big questions.

2012

APS Observer Features Work by PEP Lab

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Research on the caveats of positive emotion and happiness by June Gruber and colleagues featured on cover of APS Observer. They note that "What the positive psychology movement often fails to describe, however, are the boundaries of these benefits. It's great to feel good; it's less great to feel manic or to feel good when you're supposed to feel fear or anger or to make the pursuit of happiness your only goal in life. In a 2011 issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, a group of researchers led by June Gruber of Yale University surveyed what they call the "dark side" of happiness: a grey line of literature that exposed the times, ways, and degrees to which the emotion stops being useful and starts being harmful."

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30-Rock Visits PEP Lab

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John Lutz from 30-Rock and SNL visits PEP as part of a upcoming book "The Lutz Experiment" with Dr. Jamil Zaki. This book will focus on making psychology more accessible to the public featuring John Lutz running through a battery of experiments with psychology researchers throughout the country, while learning a few personal lessons about his own inner mind and emotional fears.

CBS Features June Gruber on Happiness

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Work on positive emotion disturbance by Dr. Gruber on CBS New York News segment "Happiness is Partially Genetic. "As CBS 2’s Kristine Johnson reported Tuesday, recent research indicates that they also play a part in how happy you are, and how happy you could be. These days, it seems that everywhere you turn, there are self-help books and Web sites on how to find happiness. After all, isn’t that everyone’s ultimate goal?

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Hillary Devlin wins APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship

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Graduate student Hillary Devlin wins Junior Scientist Fellowship from 2012 APAGS/Psi Chi. The Junior Scientist Fellowship recognizes outstanding research-oriented students early in their graduate studies, and provides support toward getting their research off the ground. Congratulations, Hillary!

 

June Gruber featured in Greater Good "Top 10 Insights"

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Work on negative consequences of positive emotion by June Gruber featured in the Top 10 Insights of 2012, by the Greater Good Science Center. They present "10 of the scientific insights that made the biggest impression on us in 2012—the findings most likely to resonate in scientific journals and the public consciousness in the years to come."

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Sunny Dutra wins 2013 Sigma-Xi Grant

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Graduate student Sunny Dutra awarded Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research to support her dissertation work. The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. Congrats Sunny!

June Gruber wins Arthur Greer Memorial Prize

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June Gruber has been named the 2012 recipient of the Arthur Greer Memorial Prize, one of Yale College's highest honors, in support of junior faculty in the natural or social sciences. Dr. Gruber was awarded this prize in support of her research on the potentially negative consequences of positive emotion.

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PEP lab featured in The Washington Post

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PEP lab's work on how too much happiness can lead to unhappiness featured in The Washington Post. "The happier you are, the better, right? Not necessarily. Studies show that there is a darker side to feeling good and that the pursuit of happiness can sometimes make you . . . well, less happy. Too much cheerfulness can make you gullible, selfish, less successful — and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Happiness does have benefits (beyond feeling good, of course). It can protect us from stroke and from the common cold, makes us more resistant to pain and even prolongs our lives. Yet, June Gruber, a professor of psychology at Yale University who has studied happiness, warns that it’s important to experience positive moods in moderation." Also see Rush Limbaugh's provocative response!

Hillary Devlin awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship Honorable Mention

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Grad student Hillary Devlin awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention for her work on positive emotion and empathy, studying how positive emotion may both facilitate and hinder our ability to understand the emotion's of others in her work with Drs. Jamil Zaki and June Gruber.

June Gruber awarded SRP Early Career Award

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June Gruber has won the Early Career Award of the Society for Research on Psychopathology for her research on positive emotions and bipolar disorder.Dr. Gruber's research focuses on the ways in which positive emotion can go awry and towards developing an integrated model of positive emotion function and dysfunction using the theoretical lens and methodological tools of affective and clinical science science. These issues are examined both in clinical populations characterized by disturbed positive emotion (e.g., bipolar disorder and depression) as well as healthy populations to understand the normative function of emotion, and are assessed emotion using a multi-modal approach across experiential (e.g., self-report, narrative), behavioral (e.g., FACS), and biological (e.g., psychophysiology, neural, neuroendocrine, genetic) levels of analysis.

Hannah Raila wins 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

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Graduate student Hannah Raila receives 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! It provides for up to three years of funding, and was awarded to each student based on their "outstanding abilities and accomplishments, and potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. This funding will support Hannah's work in the PEP lab with Dr. Gruber to study attentional mechanisms underlying positive emotion and clinical forms of positive emotion disturbance.

 

Elizabeth Reeves awarded NIMH-IRTA Award

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Lab Manager Elizabeth Reeves awarded NIMH-IRTA fellowship to work with Dr. Ellen Leibenluft studying mood dysregulation and pediatric bipolar disorder! The goal of the Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Awards Program is to introduce recent college graduates to biomedical research, as well as provide additional time to pursue successful application to a doctoral degree program. Congrats, Lizz!

Sohini Bandy & Barbara Paradis win Mellon Undergraduate Research Awards

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Paragraph: Undergraduate students Sohini Bandy & Barbara Paradis receive Mellon Undergraduate Research Grant towards their senior thesis projects in the PEP lab. Sohini's thesis focuses on studying eye-tracking methodologies to better understand emotional disturbance in bipolar disorder, and Barbara's thesis focuses on using a dot-probe paradigm to better understand attention-related processing biases in mania.

2011

June Gruber speaks on happiness at TEDxCambdrige

Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Lab - News

Dr. Gruber speaks about the 'dark side' of happiness at TEDx Cambridge. See discussion at Forbes.com.

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Work on the 'Dark Side of Happiness' featured in the news

Recent work by June Gruber, Iris Mauss, and Maya Tamir on the "Dark Side of Happiness" published in Perspectives on Psychological Science in 2011 featured in several news outlets including:

The Washington Post »
BBC Radio Interview »
Los Angeles Times »
Greater Good Science Center »
Psychology Today »
The Telegraph »
Science Daily »
MSNBC-USA Today »
Psychology Today »
Men's Health »
Deccan Herald »
e! Science News »
Health News Digest »
Voice of America Radio Interview »
WHYY's Voices in the Family Interview »
Toronto Telegraph »
British Psychologica »
China Daily »
Times of India »

 

June Gruber speaks at Berkeley Master's Tea

Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Lab - News

On January 11th, 2012 Psychology Prof. June Gruber gave a talk at a Master's Tea hosted by psychology Professor Marvin Chun who is also the Master of the Berkeley Residential College at Yale. In her talk, Prof. Gruber answered the question: "Is Happiness Always a Good Thing?"

2010

Work on the positive emotion persistence in bipolar disorder featured in the news

Recent work by June Gruber on "Can Feeling too Good Be Bad: Positive Emotion Persistence in Bipolar Disorder" published in Clinical Psychological Science featured in several news outlets including:

Psychology Today »
e! Science News »
Health Canal »
Science News »

June Gruber interviewed by Yale Daily News

Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Lab - News

June Gruber interviewed on her work and career on positive emotion and mental health for the Yale daily news "Office Hours with David Burt."

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