Social, Health, and Interdisciplinary Psychophysiology Lab

Our research addresses the ways in which social, cognitive, and affective factors influence people’s physical health. This includes work on self-concept, identity, and stigma, the cognitive processing of these factors via attention and memory, and their effects on threat reactivity, stress, and anxiety. The impact of these processes on physical health and disease is conceptualized in terms of mechanisms involving maladaptive cardiovascular activity, health-related action and inaction, and poor mental health. Our methods include both experimentation and statistical modeling; measures reflecting autonomic influences on the heart and vascular system and electrocortical activity; behavioral assessments via cognitive tasks and self-monitoring; and computational methods including data mining and text analysis.

Fall, 2020

  • Prof. Contrada posted a guest blog at Psychology Today

  • Patrick Barnwell defended his Master's Thesis (9/15/20)

Summer, 2020

  • Vinny and Caitlin's paper on stereotypes of the childless-by-choice accepted for publication in Men and Masculinities

  • Prof. Contrada received the Society for Health Psychology (APA Division 38) Excellence in Health Psychology Mentoring Award

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

New Brunswick, NJ

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