Nicole A. Roberts, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Arizona State University

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

4701 W. Thunderbird Road, MC 3051

Glendale, AZ 85306

Office: (602) 543-3911

Fax: (602) 543-6004





The Emotion, Culture, & Psychophysiology Laboratory is an active research and teaching laboratory in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University. Questions we address through our research include:


  • What is an “adaptive” emotional response?
  • What compels us to be more emotionally reactive at one moment over another?
  • Why are our emotions so difficult to control?
  • What are the consequences of suppressing our emotions?



With these questions in mind, current studies reflect two primary themes
(see Research tab):


  1. “Stresses” on the emotion system
  2. Intersections of culture and emotion



Using an interdisciplinary, multi-method approach, we aim to further scientific knowledge while discovering new ways to promote adaptive emotional functioning for individuals and couples across cultures.