Kristen Lindquist is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the director of the Carolina Affective Science Lab. She is a member of the Social Psychology program and is affiliated with the Biomedical Research Imaging Center and the Neurobiology Curriculum in the School of Medicine.
Kristen received her B.A. in psychology and English from Boston College in 2004, her Ph.D. in psychology from Boston College in 2010, and she was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 2010 to 2012.
Her research is part of the budding field of affective science, a domain focused on understanding the psychological and neural basis of emotions, moods, and feelings and how these states contribute to all aspects of human life. She takes a psychological constructionist approach in her research, which means that she seeks to understand how the complex emotions that are experienced in daily life are composed of more basic psychological and neural parts. To address questions about the nature of emotion, her research employs tools from social psychology, cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, and neuroscience. Kristen was recently named a "Rising Star in Psychological Science" by the Association for Psychological Science and has received awards for her teaching and mentorship.