Welcome to the Emotional Adaptation and Psychophysiology Lab (Emolab) at Wake Forest University!

Under the direction of Dr. Christian Waugh, this lab explores the neural and psychophysiological underpinnings of emotion and stress regulation.


Recent publications

Vlasenko, V.V., Hayutin, I., Pan, C., Michael-Varakis, J., Waugh, C.E., Admon, R., & McRae, K. (in press). How do people use reappraisal? An investigation of selection frequency and affective outcomes of reappraisal tactics. Emotion.


Leslie-Miller, C.J.^, Cole, V.T., & Waugh, C.E., (in press). Positive distraction in daily activities as a predictor of good coping: A ‘day in the life’ during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Psychology: Positive Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389%2Ffpsyg.2023.1142665


Waugh, C.E., Leslie-Miller, C.J.^, & Cole, V.T. (in press). Coping with COVID-19: The efficacy of disengagement for coping with the chronic stress of a pandemic. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping. https://doi.org/10.1080/10615806.2022.2081841


Faunce, J.A.*, Blumenthal, T.D., & Waugh, C.E. (2022) Anxiety and Initial Value Dependence in Startle Habituation. Psychophysiology, 59(10), 1-17, https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.14071.


Waugh, C.E., Vlasenko, V.V.*, & McRae, K. (2022). What parts of reappraisal make us feel better? Dissociating the generation of reappraisals from their implementation. Affective Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42761-022-00129-2


Zhao, Y.*, Waugh, C.E., Kammrath, L., & Wang, Q. (2021). Comparing the affective and social effects of positive reappraisal and minimizing reappraisal. Cognition and Emotion, 36(3), 433-451. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2021.2014787


Vlasenko, V.V.*, Rogers, E.G.^ & Waugh, C.E. (2021). Affect labeling increases the intensity of positive emotions. Cognition and Emotion, 35(7), 1350-1364. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2021.1959302


Vohs, K. D., Schmeichel, B. J., Lohmann, S., Gronau, Q., Finley, A. J....Waugh, C.E….Song, Y*….

Wagenmakers, E.-J., & Albarracín, D. (2021). A multi-site preregistered paradigmatic test of the ego depletion effect. Psychological Science, 32(10), 1566-1581. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797621989733


Leslie-Miller, C.J.^, Waugh, C.E., & Cole, V.T. (2021). Coping with COVID-19: The benefits of anticipating future positive events and maintaining optimism. Frontiers in Psychology: Personality and Social Psychology, 12 (646047), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.646047


Waugh, C.E., Leslie-Miller, C.J.^, Shing, E.Z.*, Furr, R.M., Nightingale, C.L., & McLean, T.W. (2021). Adaptive and maladaptive forms of disengagement coping in caregivers of children with chronic illnesses. Stress and Health, 37, 213-222. https://doi.org/10.1002/smi.2985

Speaking engagements

Dr. Waugh is available for speaking engagements on stress, resilience, coping, positive emotions, well-being and the brain/body bases of these. Please contact him if interested.

Here are some examples of recent/upcoming speaking engagements:

How positive emotions can improve stress resilience. Institute for Brain Potential

Stress resilience. Union Pacific.

Emotion-focused coping. Traumatic Brain Injury group