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 public speaking. 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. I am also interested in leveraging technology to link basic lab science to societal issues in the real world.

I am currently a postdoctoral scholar at Tufts University at the Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Science. I completed my Ph.D. in psychology in the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab with Lisa Feldman Barrett at Northeastern University.