Lench, Heather individual record
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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.

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Academic Articles54
  • Lench, H. C., Baldwin, C. L., An, D., & Garrison, K. E. (2018). The Emotional Toolkit: Lessons from the Science of Emotion. The Function of Emotions. (pp. 253-261). Springer International Publishing.
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  • Lench, H. C., & Carpenter, Z. K. (2018). What Do Emotions Do for Us?. The Function of Emotions. (pp. 1-7). Springer International Publishing.
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  • Tibbett, T. P., & Lench, H. C. (2015). When do feelings help us? The interpersonal functions of emotions. Advances in Psychology Research. (pp. 1-10).
  • Darbor, K. E., & Lench, H. C. (2013). Anger and Aggression. Shally-Jensen, M. (Eds.), Mental Health Care Issues in America: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]. (pp. 47-53). ABC-CLIO.
  • Darbor, K. E., & Lench, H. C. (2013). Regulating the impact of emotions to improve decisions. Handbook of Psychology of Emotions: Recent Theoretical Perspectives and Novel Empirical Findings. (pp. 489-502).
Conference Papers1
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Texas A&M University; Psychology; 4235 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4235