UC Berkeley Institute of Personality and Social Research


Many IPSR members maintain active laboratories that are engaged in research related to the IPSR mission. A number of these laboratories are described below along with links to their websites.

Affective Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

The Affective Cognitive Neuroscience Lab focuses on the brain basis of perceptual and attentional function, in particular mechanisms underlying the prioritized processing of emotionally salient stimuli, face processing, fear conditioning, and individual differences in cortical and subcortical function.

Berkeley Personality Lab

The Berkeley Personality Lab conducts research that focuses on personality, self-perception, and individual differences in emotion regulation.

Berkeley Psychophysiology Lab

The Berkeley Psychophysiology Lab seeks to understand the nature of human emotion in terms of its physiological manifestations, variations associated with age, gender, culture and clinical pathology, and the role emotion plays in interpersonal interactions.

Berkeley Social Interaction Lab

The Berkeley Social Interaction Lab focuses on emotion, morality, power, and culture.

Emotion & Emotion Regulation Lab

The Emotion & Emotion Regulation Laboratory at Berkeley seeks to understand emotion and emotion regulation through (a) Laboratory studies; (b) Diary assessments; (c) Implicit assessment methods; (d) Behavior assessments (e.g., coding of facial expressions); and (e) Measurement of physiological responses (e.g., blood pressure, heart rate).

Emotion and Social Interaction Lab

The Emotion and Social Interaction Lab studies how emotions help (and hurt) us in everyday life by examining the ways in which emotions influence social interactions, decision making, memory, prospection, and goal-directed behavior.

Golden Bear Sleep & Mood Research Clinic

The Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic is dedicated to improving treatments for insomnia and other sleep disturbances, as well as bipolar disorder and depression in teenagers and adults.

Knight Lab

The Knight Lab is a cognitive neuroscience research laboratory within the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley.

Micro Lab

Studying the extraordinary impact of our ordinary, everyday nonverbal behaviors.

Mills Longitudinal Study

The Mills Longitudinal Study is a 50-year investigation of adult development that has followed a group of women (now in their early 70's) since they graduated from Mills College.

Relationships and Social Cognition Lab

The Relationships and Social Cognition Lab focuses on the psychology of human relationships, including friendships, romantic relationships, and intergroup relationships.

Self, Identity and Relationships Lab

The Self, Identity, and Relationships Lab focuses on: (a) Self, identity, and close relationships, and (b) Social Power.


The Experimental Social Science Laboratory is used to conduct behavioral and social experiments at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.