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PEARL Research

The Positive Emotion and Anxiety Research Laboratory specializes in discovering evidence-based solutions to:

  1. reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and
  2. increase life satisfaction and well-being

Positive emotions such as joy, contentment, interest, and gratitude are important elements of life satisfaction and well-being. Research has shown that positive emotions lead to improved social relationships, greater productivity, the adoption of healthy behaviors, and overall longevity. Because positive emotions are not simply the absence of negative emotions, we are studying ways to enhance positive emotions, in addition to decreasing negative emotions.

We have conducted several clinical trials, and we anticipate starting new clinical trials in the near future. Our current studies are evaluating the effects of behavioral and computer-based programs on positive and negative emotions, behaviors, and brain systems that are important for our overall well-being.

See our Current Studies