Robin Edelstein, Ph.D., University of Michigan Psychology

Our researchis devoted to understanding individual differences in emotional experience, regulation, and reactivity. We are particularly interested in how emotional processes unfold in interpersonal contexts and the implications of these processes for close relationships. For instance, why do some people respond defensively in stressful situations? How do people limit the processing of distressing information? What are the physiological implications of these kinds of defensive processes, and how do they affect relationships?

Current lab projects focus on the physiological and health implications of defensive personality traits such as attachment avoidance and narcissism; lifespan changes in these traits; the role of adult attachment in neuroendocrine and psychological responses to intimacy and stress; and associations between power, testosterone, and sexual behavior.

Lab News


We are recruiting first-time expectant parents for a research study on the transition to parenthood! Lesbian couples are eligible and can earn up to $300!

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Dyadic associations between testosterone and relationship quality in couples. Hormones and Behavior

Age differences in romantic attachment around the world. Social Psychological and Personality Science

Attached to monogamy? Avoidance predicts willingness to engage (but not actual engagement) in consensual non-monogamy. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Too close for comfort? Adult attachment and cuddling in romantic and parent-child relationships. Personality and Individual Differences


Congratulations to Onawa LaBelle, who has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for 2014-2017!

Amy Moors and Jenny Olson have been awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships for 2014-2015. Congratulations!

Britney Wardecker has won a 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. Outstanding!

Great work, everyone!!