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.

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Bill Chopik has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University!

Amy Moors has accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the National Center for Institutional Diversity and the Energy Institute at the University of Michigan!

Jenny Olson has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Kansas!

Onawa LaBelle received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for 2014-2017!

Amy Moors and Jenny Olson were awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships for 2014-2015.

Britney Wardecker won a 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.



Prenatal hormones in first-time expectant parents: Longitudinal changes and within-couple correlations. American Journal of Human Biology

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

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