The human mind and conscious experience is one of the great mysteries of the universe. How do people have powerful experiences on adventures, in restaurants, or while meditating?

What influences whether we enjoy food or are disgusted by it? How does affect influence our decisions and perception of the world? How is technology influencing our minds, and what opportunities does tech offer to researchers (big data, smartphones and pervasive sensors)? How can we leverage the social sciences to understand and solve social and environmental issues such as racism, poverty, and environmental damage?

I am exploring these questions through a PhD in psychology in the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab with Lisa Feldman Barrett at Northeastern University.