The underlying premise of my research is that emotional processes are the foundation of behavior and thought. In my laboratory, we examine the role of affective reactions and emotions in how people think about the future and what they think will happen to them in the future. We are also investigating when and why particular emotions might improve functioning and decision making. This work falls broadly within the emerging interdisciplinary field of affective science, which focuses on understanding emotional and affective processes. This field involves research on emotion, emotion regulation, mood disorders, and affective neuroscience, using a variety of methods and approaches.