One of the projects I am working on aims to characterize how women adjust psychologically to genetic testing results. The outcomes are fairly standard for health psychology and research with cancer patients, examples include depressive symptoms, positive affect (are you a happy person?), negative affect (are you a moody person?), and intrusive thoughts (are you bothered by thoughts or concerns about cancer?).
This week was Valentine’s Day. Love may be a great emotion for many people, but for psychologists, it is another phenomenon that we can try to isolate, measure, and study.