the lab


We actively seek to recruit smart, dedicated, and enthusiastic new lab members. If you would like to volunteer in the lab as a research assistant, if you are interested in doing your master thesis with me, or if you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. at ESADE under my supervision, just send me an email! 

Prof. Jordi Quoidbach - Director




Dr. Jordi Quoidbach is an Associate Professor in the Department of People Management and Organizations at ESADE Business School in Barcelona. His research explores the bi-directional relationship between choice and happiness. In particular, Dr. Quoidbach is interested in understanding how people's current happiness-and other emotional states-shape their decisions, and (2) how people's everyday decisions profoundly shape their happiness. His work highlights novel perspectives to help individuals making better personal and professional decisions that will improve their happiness in the long run. This research has been published in top-tier journals such as Science, Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Science, JAMA Psychiatry, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Popular accounts of Dr. Quoidbach's research have been featured on CNN, BBC, and NPR and have appeared in publications such as Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. He was identified among the Best 40 Business Professors Under 40 in Poets & Quants. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Quoidbach has published popular science books on emotions and well-being and hosted a TV series about the Science of Happiness on the French television channel M6. 

Eirini Kapogli - Ph.D. Student




Since the advent of positive psychology, many organizations have made employees' happiness a (sometime mandatory!) objective. However, Eirini's research suggests that while most people -- from managers to athletes -- believe that positive emotions increase performance, mixed emotional states are, in fact, often better suited to perform in a broad range of physical and intellectual tasks.


Sergio Pirla - Ph.D. Student




People's preferences in terms of risk, ambiguity, and time are not always stable across time, but
surprisingly little is known about the reasons for this instability. Bridging economics and psychology, Sergio examines how a wide range of human emotion -- from fear and anger to excitement, contentment, and boredom -- shapes people's preferences and can explain their seeming instability.

Matteo Di Stasi - Ph.D. Student



Pop psychology claims that how we say things matters more than what we say. But there is surprisingly little evidence to support this widely accepted notion. Matteo uses facial expression recognition, natural language processing, and other modern machine learning tools to explore how a person's ability to dynamically adjust her emotional expression, pitch, and conversation style to their counterpart may positively influence relationships, coordination, and negotiation outcomes.  

Rishav Raj Agarwal. - Research Assistant




Rishav joined the lab as a research assistant in 2017. He owns a BA in Machine Learning from IIT, Kanpur. In the lab, Rishav currently explores when and for whom affective states are likely to stick from one moment to the next. He is also involved in many cool Big Data projects. You can discover his work HERE