Petrova, K., Nevarez, M.D., Rice, J., Waldinger, R.J., Preacher, K.J., & Schulz, M.S. (in press). Coherence Between Feelings and Heart Rate: Links to Early Adversity and Responses to Stress. Affective Science. DOI: 10.1007/s42761-020-00027-5 Manuscript | Supplementary materials | Open materials

Petrova, K., Nevarez, M.D., Waldinger, R.J., Preacher, K.J., & Schulz, M.S. (in press). Self-distancing and Avoidance Mediate the Links Between Trait Mindfulness and Responses to Emotional Challenges. Mindfulness. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-020-01559-4 Manuscript | Supplementary materials | Open materials

Ongoing projects


As telecommunication technology becomes more ubiquitous, people are faced with a novel challenge of having to adapt empathic skills that work well in face-to-face interactions to different modes of digitally mediated communication (DMC). Little, however, is known about the specific ways in which individuals’ ability to make real-time inferences about others’ emotional experiences varies across different forms of DMC (e.g., video-based, audio-based, or text-based). The longer-term consequences of DMC on effective communication in the offline world also remain poorly understood. The goal of this ongoing study is to examine the effects of different modes of digital communication on people’s perceptions of others’ emotions as well as to explore the links between frequent use of telecommunication technology and empathic skills. Open materials


Under stressful circumstances, people commonly turn to others for sustenance and comfort. Past research shows that individuals differ both in the number of supportive others they have in their social networks as well as in the extent to which they rely on social resources in times of need. Though the size of one’s social network has been shown to decrease with age, whether or not one’s tendency to seek social support follows a similar developmental trajectory remains an open question. The goal of this ongoing study is to map out the terrain of social support-seeking over the period of 60 years in a sample of 268 individuals and to identify the early predictors of support-seeking behaviors across the lifespan.

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