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Personality, Attachment, and Control Laboratory
Director: Vivian Zayas, Ph.D.

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Lab Director
Curriculum Vita
I'm an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Cornell University. At the broadest level, I'm interested in the understanding the cognitive and affective processes that regulate behaviors within close relationships, and how understanding such processing dynamics can account for (1) differences between people and (2) differences in how a given person's experiences varies over time and across situations. I approach the study of the individual and his or her relationships from a multilevel, interdisciplinary perspective that bridges the study of attachment processes with research on executive control and self-regulation. Most important, I seek to integrate this research within a unifying framework (Zayas, Shoda, & Ayduk, 2002).
For the last ten years, my "other life" has involved chasing a plastic flying disc on grassy fields (also known as playing Ultimate Frisbee). I currently play for the Boston, MA based team Brute Squad. I started playing Ultimate with the Cornell Roses, Cornell's Ultimate Club team, when I was an undergraduate at Cornell.

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Graduate Student (6th year)
Research Interests
• Emotion
• Self-Regulation
Current Projects
I am currently investigating how subjective feelings of busyness and work-life balance influence one's satisfaction with life. Additionally, I am exploring how the framing of busyness as positive or negative can subsequently influence one's affective, cognitive, and behavioral responses to periods of perceived time scarcity.
Outside The Lab
When not in the lab, I enjoy backpacking, traveling, reading, running, and biking.
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Graduate Student (2nd year)
Research Interests
• Close Relationships
• Motivation
• Self-Regulation
Current Projects
am investigating how expressions in close relationships (especially negative expressions) motivate people to make relationship-improving changes. Specifically, I am currently examining whether expressions of disappointment in romantic relationship serve a functional, relationship promoting role. On the other hand, I am developing and validating a behavioral measure of delay of gratification task for adults.
Outside The Lab
Outside the lab, I enjoy listening to music, doing Yoga and reading novels.
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Graduate Student (1st year)
Research Interests
• Social regulatory functions of emotions
• Intrapsychic and interpersonal emotion regulation
• Social exclusion
• Attachment, attachment behavior, and attachment networks
Current Projects
I am currently examining how social exclusion dynamics play out in social interactions and their downstream consequences. Additionally, I am investigating how subjective and objective features of an individual (e.g., attractiveness, trustworthiness) affect liking and the idiosyncratic nature of these effects. Finally, I am beginning to study how our attachment needs are met throughout our social networks and the social regulatory nature our attachment behaviors.
Outside The Lab
In my free time, I enjoy going to concerts and supporting the California Golden Bears and Cornell Big Red. I have a pet cat named Cucumber.

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Visiting Scholar/Post-Doctoral Researcher
Lab Alumnus (former honors student)
Research Interests
• Impressions based on physical appearance
• Sexual orientation
• Romantic relationships
Current Research

I'm interested in how we form first impressions of other people and how those snap judgments impact our behavior, especially within the context of romantic relationships. My research with Dr. Zayas on snap judgments of sexual orientation from faces (PAPER: The Roles of Featural and Configural Face Processing in Snap Judgments of Sexual Orientation / COMMENTARY IN NEW YORK TIMES: The Science of ‘Gaydar’ has received international media attention.

Outside The Lab
In my other life, I am a researcher with a major tech company. Outside of my industrial and academic research, I love to cook and bake -- my current project is pinning down my grandmother's a-pinch-of-this-a-pinch-of-that recipes.
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Post-Doctoral Researcher
Research Interests
• Attachment system and its activation, and cognitive performance under attachment related stress
• Adaptive functions of attachment insecurity in cultural context
• Implicit predictors of relationship functioning
Current Research

At the moment I am working on two projects. One is an extension of my doctoral work where I looked at the potential adaptive functions of insecure attachment in the collectivist Turkish culture, now I am exploring how the proposed functionalities unfold in the individualist American culture. In my other line of work, I investigate which implicit measures of partner attitudes are more reliable assessments of relationship outcomes by employing a longitudinal design.

Outside The Lab
I am greatly enjoying getting to know Ithaca. I am particularly fascinated by the amazing nature here, so I try to make sure I hike and cycle whenever I get the chance.

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