Why am I here? What purpose do I serve? Why is life so fragile and uncertain? What happens to me when I die? Will I have a lasting impact on the world? Why is the world often unjust and unfair? These types of existential questions are common among members of our species and our efforts to answer these questions greatly impact our personal and social lives.
Using experimental methods, our lab explores how existential questions and anxieties impact mental and physical health, close relationships, and people's ability to respect and peacefully coexist with those who subscribe to different meaning-providing belief systems. As scientists, our goal is to better understand the human condition in the service of contributing to broader efforts to better the lives of all people.