Regret Lab

Our research in the lab is focused on understanding when and why people think about “what might have been”, and the impact of these thoughts in applied, everyday contexts. These thoughts have important influences on behavior, and also drive the experience of regret, the negative emotion stemming from the realization that one’s actions could have resulted in better outcomes than actually occurred. We examine what regrets individuals report both in real life (e.g., Twitter) and lab contexts, and our research has informed theoretical work focused on the functional nature of regret, and the role of opportunity in the strength of regret. Additionally, we collaborate with experts on other social cognition and decision-making phenomena to better understand both how counterfactual thoughts affect those processes, and to shed new light on the nature of counterfactuals.

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Ongoing Research Areas

  • Social factors in counterfactual thought and regret
  • The functional implications of counterfactual thought and regret
  • The role of counterfactual thought in other areas of social cognition and decision-making

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