A new series of open house events will launch this fall that allows fac­ulty and stu­dents to explore the inno­v­a­tive research hap­pening in lab­o­ra­to­ries and cen­ters across Northeastern’s campus.

The “pop up” open lab and recep­tion, spon­sored by the Office of the Provost, will take place once or twice a semester and bring the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity together to learn about col­leagues’ work and poten­tially spark new, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary edu­ca­tion and research ini­tia­tives and col­lab­o­ra­tions. The set­tings will be informal and interactive.

The first of these events will be held on Dec. 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Affec­tive Sci­ence Lab­o­ra­tory in Nightin­gale Hall. The lab is codi­rected by Lisa Feldman Bar­rett, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Psy­chology in the Col­lege of Sci­ence, and Karen Quigley, asso­ciate research pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Psy­chology.

In the lab, researchers study human emo­tions — specif­i­cally, what they are and how they func­tion in the economy of the mind. The research, which includes areas such as emo­tion per­cep­tion and gossip, com­bines expe­ri­en­tial, behav­ioral, psy­chophys­i­o­log­ical and brain-​​imaging techniques.

The mark of a great uni­ver­sity is its ability to create oppor­tu­ni­ties to give sci­ence away — to stu­dents, col­leagues, and mem­bers of the gen­eral public. In the Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Affec­tive Sci­ence Lab, we are both excited and grateful for this chance to show what the sci­ence of emo­tion looks like from an insider’s view,” Bar­rett said.

The Dec. 5 event will include lab tours, research posters and par­tic­i­pa­tory student-​​led exper­i­ments that high­light the lab’s work: one involving eye-​​tracking to explore the role of emo­tion in visual atten­tion enti­tled “What are You Looking At?”; and another using con­tin­uous flash sup­pres­sion to explore the rela­tion­ship between vision, feel­ings and attrac­tion in an online dating context.

Visit north​eastern​.edu/​r​e​s​e​a​r​c​h​/​p​o​pup for more information.