The Affective Science Lab at Bard College uses clinical research methods to identify the factors behind mood disorders. The lab asks questions about how people who are depressed describe themselves—and how to make self-description more positive. In past work, we have found that adults with low mood will learn to describe themselves more positively after imagining future positive social situations. Work in the lab uses samples of adults, online and in person, across the range of depressive symptoms.
Professor Dainer-Best is interested in how positive and negative emotions change the way people think about themselves and the world around them. More broadly, he is interested in the genesis and maintenance of depressed mood. His graduate work at UT-Austin focused on identifying the best methods of understanding how people who are depressed think. He has been at Bard College since 2018.
PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2018
The University of Texas at Austin
BA in Psychology and English, 2009
Bard College students may be able to participate in an Affective Science Lab study for participation credit. Interested students should sign up on the Bard Psych Research website.