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Heather Lench

Heather Lench
Department Head
Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • Affective Science
  • Personality Processes
  • Social & Personality Psychology
Contact
  • (979) 845-0377
  • hlench@tamu.edu
  • Psychology 232A
Professional Links
Office Hours
Fall 2019/ By Appointment Only
Rank
Professor and Department Head

Research Interests

Emotion and cognition, forecasting, optimism.

The underlying premise of our research is that emotional processes are the foundation of behavior and thought. We examine the role of affective reactions and emotions in how people think about the future and what they think will happen to them in the future. We are also investigating when and why particular emotions might improve functioning and decision making.

Recent Publications

Bench, S. W., & Lench, H. C. (2019). Boredom as a seeking state: Boredom prompts the pursuit of novel (even negative) experiences. Emotion, 19, 242-254

Lench, H. C., Levine, L. J., Perez, K., Haggenmiller, Z. K., Carlson, S. J., & Tibbett, T. (2019). Changes in subjective well-being following the U.S. Presidential Election of 2016. Emotion, 19, 1-9.

Lange, K., Fields, S., Lench, H. C., & Lazerus, T. (2018). Prompts to regulate emotions improve the impact of health messages on eating intentions and behavior. Motivation Science, 42, 267-275.

Lench, H. C. (2018). Functions of emotion: When and why emotions help us. Springer Nature: Switzerland.

Lench, H. C., & Carpenter, Z. K. (2018). What do emotions do for us? In H. C. Lench (Ed.), Functions of emotion: When and why emotions help us. Springer Nature: Switzerland.

Lench, H. C., Baldwin, C. L., Garrison, K. E., & An, D. (2018). The emotional toolkit: Lessons from the science of emotion. In H. C. Lench (Ed.), Functions of emotion: When and why emotions help us. Springer Nature: Switzerland.

Alexander, J., Houghton, D. C., Bauer, C. C., Lench, H. C., & Woods, D. W. (2018). Emotion regulation deficits in persons with body-focused repetitive behaviors. Journal of Affective Disorders, 227, 463-470.

Perez, K. A., & Lench, H. C. (2018). Benefits of awe in the workplace. In D.Lindebaum, Geddes, D., & Jordan, P. J. (Eds.), Emotion in management: The functions of emotion at work and how we talk about it.

Levine, L. J., Lench, H. C., Karnaze, M., & Carlson, S. (2018). Bias in predicted and remembered emotion. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 19, 73-77.

Lench, H. C., Bench, S. W., & Perez, K. A. (2017). Building a house of sentiment on sand: Epistemological issues with contempt. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, 33-34.

Perez, K., & Lench, H. C. (2017). Wonder. In M. Wrobel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, 1-3.

Bench, S. W., Rivera, G. N., Schlegel, R. J., Hicks, J. A., & Lench, H. C. (2017). Does expertise matter in replication? An examination of the Reproducibility Project: Psychology. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 68, 181-184.