Psychophysiology. Science. Brain & Behavior.
The Center for the Study of Emotion & Attention is devoted to studying the behavior and physiology of human emotion, highlighting emotion's motivational significance for both attention and response mobilization. Guided by a motivational model of emotion, which proposes that an appetitive motive system mediates pleasant affect and a defense motive system mediates unpleasant affects, the Center's research goals are to elucidate the functions and mechanisms of the defense system, as it determines human fear and anxiety.
Dr. Peter J. Lang, Ph.D
Director, Center for the Study of Emotion & Attention