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Paula M. Niedenthal

Paula received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and was on the faculty of the departments of Psychology at Johns Hopkins University and Indiana University. She was a member of the National Centre for Scientific Research in France for more than a decade and is now the Howard Leventhal WARF Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her areas of research include emotion-cognition interaction, representational models of emotion, and the processing of facial expression. Dr. Niedenthal is a fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Email: niedenthal [at] wisc [dot] edu 

 
 

Graduate students

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Jared Martin

Jared Martin is interested in investigating the functions of various expressions (facial, gestural, vocal) in our social world, particularly those expressions that are typically perceived as “emotional.” His approach to this over-arching theme is largely at the biological and behavioral level. In a series of up-coming studies, he will be investigating the potential moderating effect of the 3 SIMS smile types on the biological response of individuals in the context of a stressful situation. Future studies will investigate biological and behavioral correlates to the perception of the SIMS smiles. Measures in the previously mentioned studies will include, but are not limited to: cortisol, facial EMG, measures of ANS activity, EEG/ERP. His goals for the future include extending the SIMS model to other emotion families, and investigating how the social-functional framework presented in the SIMS model may be particularly fruitful in the context of ambiguous or mixed-valence, emotionally charged social situations. Email: jdmartin7 [at] wisc [dot] edu

 
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Fangyun (Olivia) Zhao

Olivia is a second year psychology graduate student being co-advised by Dr. Bilge Mutlu in Computer Science. She is interested in nonverbal behaviors in social interactions, human-robot interaction and affective computing. She loves to explore applications of emerging technologies in psychological research. During her leisure time, she enjoys painting, traveling and tasting food. Email: olivia [dot] zhao [at] wisc [dot] edu

 
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Ethan Harrod

Ethan is a first year psychology graduate student. He obtained his M.A. in psychology from the University of Chicago, with a concentration in affective psychophysiology. He is the newest addition to the Niedenthal lab. His interests include how autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity relates social interactions, anxiety and rejection, and emotional contagion. His current research explores the potential relationship between baseline ANS activity and one's ability to tolerate social interactions. Email: eharrod [at] wisc [dot] edu

 

Undergraduate research assistants

Sarah Roemer

Sarah is a junior at UW-Madison majoring in Psychology with a certificate in Business. With experience living in New Delhi, she’s interested in cultural psychology and the varying differences in facial expressitivity amongst different cultures. While she’s unsure what she wants to take on after college, she loves running down lakeshore path and eating cheese curds in her free time here at Madison. 

 
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Zoe Hansen

Zoe is a junior majoring in Psychology and Italian and plans on attending graduate school after undergrad. She is especially interested in studying how shame and guilt affect sexuality, the role of anger expressions in aggression, and also cultural differences in emotional expressivity. Zoe loves to sing, eat good food, read, and travel whenever possible.

 
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Andrew Langbehn

Andrew is a sophomore research assistant from Portage, Mi. He is majoring in Psychology with a certificate in Criminal Justice and hopes to pursue a career at the intersection of psychology and law enforcement as a researcher or sworn law enforcement agent. He enjoys playing disc golf, and exploring Wisconsin in his free time.

 
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Keaton Long

Keaton is a senior majoring in International Studies with a track in global politics and policy. He especially interested in behavioral psychology and decision making processes. In his free time, he enjoys running, climbing reading, and making music. After graduation, Keaton plans on living and working abroad before applying to graduate school.

 
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Amelia Boruch

Amelia is a sophomore at UW-Madison from La Crosse, Wisconsin. She is majoring in Psychology with a certificate in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. Amelia hopes to pursue a career studying and analyzing the behavioral science behind violent crimes. In her free time, she loves to be active, study Krav Maga, find new movies to watch, and spend time with her friends and family.

 
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Mackenzie Cole

Mackenzie is a junior from Burlington, WI majoring in psychology and Legal Studies along with a certificate in Criminal Justice. After graduation she plans to pursue a career in law enforcement. Outside of lab she likes to stay active, go out to eat and watch movies with friends!

 
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Austin Tubbs

Austin is a Junior from the Madison area majoring in Psychology and Neurobiology. After his undergrad, he would like to take a gap year doing research, but is unsure if he will then go on for a PhD or a PsyD. Outside of the lab, he keeps busy by being a member of the UW Cheer team, running, lifting, or spending time outside.

 
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Kathleen Eberle

Kathleen am a senior from Chicago, IL studying Psychology and Spanish. She recently returned from studying abroad in Madrid, Spain for an entire year and am particularly interested in cross-cultural differences in emotional display and perception. In my free time I like to practice yoga, cook food, and spend time outdoors. I'm unsure what I will do after graduation, but am planning on completing my yoga teacher training certificate this Spring!

 
 
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Photo credit: Eric Roman Beining

Lab Alumni

Stephanie Carpenter

Stephanie M. Carpenter worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Emotion Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now is a research fellow at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Stephanie received a joint Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Her research examines how cognitive and affective processes influence judgment and decision making. Email: scarpenter3 [at] wisc [dot] edu

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Photo credit: Eric Roman Beining

Adrienne Wood

Adrienne completed her Phd in 2018 and is now a postdoctoral researcher in the Dartmouth Social Systems Lab, working with Thalia Wheatley on behavioral predictors of healthy social connection. Her interests include the role of sensorimotor simulation in emotion perception, the social functions of laughter, and the influence of distal cultural factors on emotion expression. Email: adrienne.r.wood [at] dartmouth [dot] edu