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



Jordi is an Associate Professor in the Department of People Management and Organizations at ESADE Business School in Barcelona. He completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Liège before spending several years as Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. His research explores the temporal determinants of choice and happiness. In particular, Jordi is interested in understanding how people’s memories of past experiences and anticipation of future experiences shape the decisions they make, the emotions they feel, and their overall happiness in the present. His work highlights novel perspectives to increase happiness and to help individuals making better professional and personal decisions. This research has been published in journals such as Science, PNAS, Psychological Bulletin, and Psychological Science and is often covered in popular media such as CNN, BBC, and The New York Times. Jordi has written several popular books on emotion and happiness and was the host of the coaching TV series "J'ai décidé d'être heureux" broadcasted on the French TV 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.

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


Dept. of People Management and Organisation


Avenida de Torreblanca, 59
08172 Sant Cugat



+ 34 932 806 162  Ext. 22650

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