Karen S. Quigley
Research Associate Professor
Dr. Quigley’s work focuses on how humans utilize information from the body in creating emotional and affective states, individual differences in emotional reactivity, and how emotional states influence behavior, cognitions, and health. Current research projects examine individual differences in interoceptive sensitivity, or the extent to which one can sense changes in their internal bodily states, how affect (i.e., the valence and arousal-based components of emotion) influences decision making, and how objectively measured physiological changes can be combined with subjective reports and contextual information to understand emotional states in everyday life. Prior studies within the Department of Veterans Affairs examined the role of emotional states in physical symptom reports, health outcomes and health care utilization after the major life stressor of war.