Emotions are present in almost every moment of our daily lives, adding colour to our experience of the world. Emotions can range from mild enjoyment or annoyance–often triggered by everyday pleasures or hassles, to intense joy or sadness–usually in response to more momentous events. Although emotions have traditionally been defined as very brief, psychologists are discovering that they can last anywhere from seconds to hours or days. While our emotions are often very helpful, at times we also seek to control and manage how and when our emotions unfold. This ability to regulate emotions is thought to be critical to health and well-being.

Scientists studying emotions are only beginning to understand the complexities of how emotions function in daily life. Although important discoveries have been made in the lab, we don't know how much these findings apply to how people experience and manage their emotions in the "real world". The FEEL Lab aims to discover how emotions function in the rich and complex environments we encounter in our daily lives.

Lab News

Why winners shouldn't always be grinners (March 2019)

How do you feel when an Australian tennis player wins that Grand Slam? Do you jump up and down with excitement? What about when your colleague gets that promotion you wanted? Do you celebrate with them but feel slightly annoyed that they're telling everyone about it? Dr Katie Greenaway talks with Hilary Harper on Life Matters about her research that finds demonstrating positive emotions when you 'win' actually has wide-ranging consequences.

Audio Link: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/success/10893602

Is emotional stability all it’s cracked up to be? (May, 2018)

Emotional stability is often described as a hallmark of psychological health and well-being. Yet, one of the primary functions of our emotions is to fluctuate and change over time following the ebb and flow of daily life. This lecture, presented by Dr Peter Koval will explore recent research on “emotion dynamics”, which suggests that emotional stability may not necessarily be a good thing. Psychological health requires emotions to be flexible rather than stable. Ideally emotions respond to environmental changes, but are also well regulated. The lecture will examine research, conducted inside the laboratory and outside in our everyday environments, that links emotional flexibility with better psychological functioning and well-being.

Lecture Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7qZhtd067k