• Dr. Karen Lara's Job Talk
“Developmental Differences in How Expectations Shape Emotions”

Humans spend substantial time predicting what will happen next. These forecasts can be for benign events (e.g., I bet I’ll win this raffle) as well as for more life-altering situations (e.g., I don’t think I will get into college.) Because the future is a mystery, every person will be wrong in their expectations at some point. These prediction errors are fascinating because they can influence emotional well-being. Dr. Lara’s program of research surrounds understanding 4-to 10-years-olds’ and adults’ beliefs about and experiences of connections between prior expectations and future emotions.