Ever wondered how aging of the body could impact emotions in later life? In a paper now accepted at Emotion, we examined across two studies how interoceptive / physiological mental representations and daily self-reports differ across adulthood, as a first step in answering that question. In this paper, we also delve deeper into current models of emotional aging, arguing why any such model should consider peripheral nervous system and interoceptive aging.
Woo! Check out Jenn’s new review paper with Keely Muscatell on “The metabolic mind: A role for leptin and ghrelin in affect and social cognition” - out now in Social and Personality Psychology Compass. In this paper, we review evidence suggesting that metabolic hormones leptin and ghrelin are not only sensitive to social/context signals and stressors, but also can in turn feed into affect and a variety of social cognitive and behavioral processes.
Jenn won a “Best Symposium Talk” award at the 2019 Carolina Research in Social and Personality Psychology (CRISPP) conference for her work on beta-adrenergic blockade during acute stress!
Jenn is off to give a couple talks at the Society for Affective Science’s 2019 meeting, this year in Boston. Her spotlight talk on Thursday is entitled Aging bodies, aging emotions: Interoceptive differences in emotion representations and self-reports across adulthood. Her flash talk in on Saturday is entitled, Emotion in the aging brain: A neuroimaging meta-analysis of functional activation differences in older vs. younger adult emotions. Please come say hello!
Jenn received a MacLean Scholars travel award from the American Psychosomatic Society to present a talk at the 2019 meeting in Vancouver on Inflammatory and antiviral/antibody gene expressions during acute psychosocial stress. Loved this year’s “Body to Mind” theme!
Jenn can’t wait to give a talk at SPSP’s 2019 Emotion Preconference on using a pharmacological approach to target specific mechanisms in sympathetic nervous system contributions to affective stress!
See a write-up by the UNC Psychology and Neuroscience Department featuring Jenn’s work on both hunger and aging in Kristen Lindquist’s lab here!
Both Jenn and Kristen Lindquist had fun chatting with UNC’s podcast “Well Said” about our work on feeling #hangry. You can listen to the whole thing here (it’s about 14 min long).
The Carolina Social Neuroscience and Health lab (Jenn’s second lab home) was featured in the American Psychosomatic Society Fall 2018 Newsletter! Read the interview with Dr. Keely Muscatell and see what our lab is getting up to these days!
Jenn interviewed on WUNC's The State of Things to discuss the background and science behind hanger. Listen here!
Jenn discusses with The Naked Scientist podcast, based in Cambridge, UK, what unique insights about the body-mind link can be garnered from our studies on feeling hangry. Listen and read here!
Jenn appeared on "The Morning Dose" - which aired on TV stations in Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Portland, Washington DC, and Miami to discuss how hanger works and some tips from science on how to reduce those hangry feelings. Our research was also discussed on several daytime and evening TV programs, such as The View!
Jenn discussed why we become hangry on the following radio shows and stations: Top of Mind with Julie Rose (U.S. national), KCBS Radio (San Francisco), the Natasha Hall Show and the Aaron Rand Show both on CJAD800 (Montreal, Canada), the Paul Ross Show with talkRADIO (UK), detektor.fm (based in Leipzig, Germany), and TBS eFM's "This Morning" English radio program in Seoul, Korea. You can listen to a short recording of one of her interviews here or at one of the links above.
Jenn writes about how we become hangry at The Conversation. Read here! Already at >100,000 unique readers! :O
Hooray! Jenn's paper Feeling hangry? When hunger is conceptualized as emotion is now out at the peer-review journal Emotion. So excited to see this work out in the world officially! Jenn discusses the paper's findings in an American Psychological Association video interview. For particularly thoughtful articles, see NPR, TIME, and University Health News. For other fun, well-written articles, see Vice, Hum, Bustle, and Refinery29. See other awesome media coverage in Newsweek, USA Today, Huffington Post, LA Times, New York Post, CNN.com, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Sun, Sky News, The World News, PsychCentral, Science Daily, IFLScience, and more! Our longstanding local newspaper The News & Observer also featured a fresh perspective here.
At UNC Department of Psychology & Neuroscience's 2018 commencement ceremony, Jenn received the student-nominated and student-elected Psi Chi 2018 Teaching Award for Excellent Undergraduate Student Instruction.
Major congratulations to Adrienne Bonar who defended her senior honors thesis on Misleading sensations? How body signal beliefs interact with sympathetic reactivity and interoceptive ability to predict affective stress and received highest honors! Adrienne worked with Jenn for the past three years as a research assistant and just accepted a position in Dr. Margaret Sheridan's lab in Clinical Psychology at UNC-CH!
Jenn's poster Arousal, awareness, or appraisal? A double-blind study with propranolol comparing the relative roles of sympathetic activation, interoception, and appraisals in affective responses to stress based on work from Dr. Keely Muscatell's lab just won a 2018 Citation Poster Award from the American Psychosomatic Society! It was presented at the 2018 American Psychosomatic Society meeting in Louisville, KY and was published in their journal Psychosomatic Medicine.
Adrienne Bonar, an honors thesis student in the CASL whom Jenn advises (and one of the first students Jennifer ever taught!), presented her senior thesis work as first author on a poster entitled Believing your body: Beliefs about the value, regulation, and intensity of bodily signals matter for interoceptive and emotional awareness at the 2018 Society for Affective Science meeting in Los Angeles, CA. Congrats!
Jenn received a teaching commendation from the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychology and Neuroscience for excellent undergraduate education in her Introduction to Social Psychology course in Fall 2017.
Jenn was featured in the UNC Psychology & Neuroscience Department annual alumni newsletter's graduate student spotlight. You can read the feature here.
Adrienne Bonar, an honors thesis student in the CASL whom Jenn advises, received a David Bray Peele Memorial Research award to support her senior honors thesis research on interoception, body signal beliefs, and emotion experience. Congrats!
Woohoo! Jenn received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from the National Institute on Aging to study how age-related changes in the nervous system can impact emotions. Her project is entitled: "Neural Differences Across the Lifespan in Autonomic and Interoceptive Representations during Emotion". The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA program is to support promising predoctoral students as they develop into productive, independent research scientists via targeted doctoral research training.
A Yahoo News article on the power of language referenced a paper that Jenn co-authored with Kristen Lindquist! You can read the news article here.
Throughout Summer 2017, the Carolina Affective Science Lab welcomed SPSP Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) scholar Dhariyya Singh as an intern! Dhariyya visited Chapel Hill from Ashoka University in India and worked with Jenn on a functional neuroimaging meta-analysis, under Dr. Lindquist's guidance. You can read about his experience working with us here.
Jenn received a teaching commendation from the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychology and Neuroscience for excellent undergraduate education in her Introduction to Social Psychology course in Spring 2017.
Jenn won a Best Poster Award at the 2017 Society for Affective Science meeting in Boston for her poster on Interoceptive sensitivity and physiological reactivity differentially predict emotional and somatic experiences. See it here. Another highlight of the conference was attending a Methods Lunch on interoception and the embodied self.
Congratulations to Jenna Perry who successfully defended her senior honors thesis on Interoceptive and autonomic differences in emotional intensity and received highest honors for her strong work. Congrats! Jenna accepted a lab manager position in Dr. Liz Losin's Social & Cultural Neuroscience Laboratory at University of Miami.
Jenn was elected the 2017-2018 Chair of the Student Committee for the Society for Affective Science. In this role, she hopes to promote greater student diversity and inter-disciplinary perspectives on affective science.
Jenn was selected as a Fellow for the 2017 Summer School in Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics! This year's summer school is focused on bringing together aging research with social affective neuroscience. You can read more about the summer school here.
Jenna Perry, an honors thesis student in the CASL whom Jenn advises, received a travel award from UNC's Office of Undergraduate Research to attend the upcoming meeting of the 2017 Society for Affective Science meeting in Boston, MA. Jenna will present her senior thesis work on physiological reactivity and interoception. Congrats!
Jenn was selected in a blind-reviewed process to present her research on Interoceptive sensitivity and physiological reactivity differentially predict emotional and somatic experiences as a flash talk at the 2017 Society for Affective Science annual meeting in Boston, MA.
Jenn received a teaching commendation from the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychology and Neuroscience for excellent undergraduate education in her Psychology Research Methods course in Fall 2016.
Adrienne Bonar was interviewed about her undergraduate research experience working with Jenn and Kristen in the Carolina Affective Science Lab. Read the feature in the Carolina Endeavors magazine here!
Jenn received a Graduate Student Travel Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology to present her research on Feeling hangry: Conceptualizing hunger as emotion in context at the Society's 2017 annual meeting in San Antonio, TX.
Hooray! Jenn successfully defended her masters thesis entitled Feeling hangry: When hunger is conceptualized as emotion.
Jennifer MacCormack & Kristen Lindquist's research on how people become hangry was featured in the Spring 2016 issue of the Carolina Scientific. You can read the article here.
Jenn received the 2016 Agnew Research Innovation Award from the Social Psychology program in UNC's Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. The award is given annually to a student who demonstrates the most scholarly independence and promise.
Congratulations to Andrea Zuniga who successfully defended her senior honors thesis on Individual differences in interoceptive emotion knowledge and emotion experience. Congrats, Andrea!
Jenn was selected in a blind-reviewed process to present her research on Feeling hangry: Hunger misattributed as emotion as a flash talk at the 2016 Society for Affective Science annual meeting in Chicago, IL.
Andrea Zuniga, an honors thesis student in the CASL whom Jenn advises, received a David Bray Peele Memorial Research award to support her senior honors thesis research on interoception and emotion experience. Congrats!
Brian Davis successfully defended his Honors thesis on Interoceptive differences in older versus younger adults’ emotion concepts. Congratulations, Brian!
Jenn received an Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation for her Graduate Research Fellowship proposal on hunger's impact on emotion experience.
Jenn received a Dashiell Research Travel Award from the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience to present her research on aging and embodied emotion at the 2015 Society for Affective Science annual meeting in Oakland, CA.
Brian Davis, an honors thesis student in the CASL whom Jenn advises,received a grant from the Lindquist Undergraduate Excellence Fund to present his research at the annual meeting of the Society for Affective Science. Brian further received an Honors Undergraduate Research Award from Honors Carolina. The award supported his senior honors thesis assessing the impact of aging on embodied emotion concept knowledge. Congrats, Brian!
Jenn received an American Psychological Association Psi Chi Junior Scientist fellowship for her research on the role of body states in emotions.
Jenn joined the Carolina Affective Science Laboratory as a doctoral student under Dr. Kristen Lindquist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jenn originally wanted to study emotional complexity or granularity with Kristen, but realized she wanted to actually study the bodily and interoceptive underpinnings of emotion.
Jenn graduated from North Carolina State University summa cum laude and successfully completed her senior honors thesis on "Mothers' complexity of emotion understanding supports children's socioemotional competence in school" under Dr. Amy Halberstadt in the Family Affect, Beliefs, & Behaviors Laboratory. This thesis identified that some mothers have more "interoceptive knowledge" or knowledge about the body in emotion, sparking Jenn's interest in the bodily and interoceptive underpinnings of emotion.