Discovering the best in people.

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The Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (PEP Lab) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studies people’s emotions, particularly their positive emotions. We are interested in how positive emotions affect people’s thinking patterns, social behavior, and physiological reactions. Our ultimate goal is to understand how positive emotions might accumulate and compound to transform people’s lives for the better.

We have three core ideals:

  • To do high-quality science.
  • To answer questions that matter to humanity.
  • To have fun and feel good about doing it.

Our research team is working to show how it is that being moved by positive emotions can move you forward, and not only lift you to your higher ground, but also create a world that is worth giving to our children.

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PEP Mary in recording booth