Gratitude without borders
We appreciate the company of our kittens, the loyalty of our cars, and the speed and accuracy of our laptops. We thank them as if they understand. But do they, really? How? And why're we doing this? Here, we investigate the psychology of gratitude for non-human beings.
Led by Yenping
Self-compassion at work
Being kind to others is one thing, being so to oneself is another. We all love working at a place where people treat each other nicely. But do we want our colleagues and maybe ourselves, too, to forgive themselves easily? What's good about that for the company? Is it by any chance productive?
In collaboration with Wan-Jing Chang
It's no secret nostalgia sells. Researchers know it well; companies know it better, on what we'll buy, why we'll buy them, and even how we'll go through the process step-by-step. But, what comes "after" we've spent the money? How nostalgic buying would change our lives? Can we make it/us healthier in the end?
Led by Ping-Duan
We were in love
Culture & impulsive shopping
We all have the experiences of buying stuff we didn't plan to buy and indeed regret buying when ruminating about it now. In this project, we looked at the emotional processes of impulsive shopping and, specifically, the roles and influences of culture in the processes.
Led by Naomi
Interpersonal physiological synchrony
It's known that we sync with those who we interact with behaviorally, conversationally, mentally, and deep down, physiologically. This last synchrony, however, is hard to statistically model. In this project, we combined existing statistical knowledge with machine learning to tackle the problem.
Gratitude & interpersonal trust
Grateful people are nice people, so they usually trust others around them, don't they? In this project, we extended the literature on gratitude and interpersonal trust, focusing on finding the situations in which gratitude would work better sometimes but, other times, worse for building trust.
Led by Wei-Sheng