Humans live in a world full of rich experiences. We can be mesmerized by a painting, enjoy the tartness of a crisp apple, or feel our heart pound with excitement during a presentation. While it is obvious that the world influences how we feel, is it also possible for feelings to influence how we experience the world? For instance can feelings of dislike shape how we see a person? Can feelings about a food change how it tastes?

At a broad level, I explore how affective feelings influence experience. In particular, my present research explores how the experience of eating is influenced by affective beliefs. Additionally, I am interested in leveraging technology to link basic science findings to the real world.

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