I think that the more time you put into research, the more you get out of it. Sometimes it can take awhile to get the experience and training to learn to do all of the different components of a research project, and so the longer you are in a lab, the more you will benefit. I would definitely encourage students to pursue their own questions and projects under the guidance of a mentor, and to take advantage of the wonderful resources and opportunities offered through UROP.
Research Interests: I study how stressful situations influence emotional, physiological, and behavioral responses. I am interested in how the social context influences stress reactivity, and whether social-evaluative stressors are particularly likely to lead to physiological changes.
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