Existential Science Lab

Humans are existential animals. We are uniquely aware of our mortality and able to ask questions about the meaning of life. Our lab uses a range of empirical methods to explore individual differences in the need for meaning, the underlying cognitive processes involved in meaning-making, the different ways people seek and maintain meaning, how the presence or absence of meaning influences health, wellbeing, social bonds, self-control, and goal pursuit, and how threats related to meaning impact intergroup relations.

 

 Photo: J Routledge

Photo: J Routledge