Erik Nook

Affiliated PhD Student, 2018
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I am currently completing a clinical psychology Ph.D. at Harvard University under the direction of Prof. Leah Somerville.  I spent June-August 2018 at Karolinska Institutet working with Profs. Andreas Olsson and Emily Holmes conducting research on mechanisms underlying contagious worries.  I received my undergraduate degree in psychology in 2012 from Columbia University where I worked with Prof. Kevin Ochsner, and I served as Prof. Jamil Zaki’s lab manager at Stanford University from 2012-2014.
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My research focuses on (i) how language and conceptual representations influence emotional processes across development, and (ii) how social norms motivate positive and negative behaviors.  For example, I am interested in how the development of emotional and general vocabulary might shape conceptual representations of emotions, or how certain linguistic choices might influence the efficacy of emotion regulation.  I am also interested in how people conform to (or “catch”) each others’ preferences, prosocial behaviors, and perhaps even maladaptive emotion regulation strategies (e.g., worries).