New Affective Forecasting Grant

Faculty member Seth Kaplan and colleague Jill Bradley-Geist (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs) recently were awarded a three-year grant to study affective forecasting at work. Several Mason graduate students also will be working on the funded project. Affective forecasting refers to predictions made regarding how we will feel in the future, such as in response to certain significant events. Evidence from social psychology has revealed several systematic errors made in these predictions. However, there is very little research examining what kinds of emotional predictions people make in the workplace or investigating the accuracy and implications of these predictions. Dr Kaplan and Bradley-Geist, along with the several Mason graduate students, will be conducting a series of studies over the next few years to explore these questions. The grant is being funded by the Army Research Institute (ARI).