Does stress bring us together, or does it drive us apart ?

I am investigating how stress, and its related biomarkers, influences our self-perceptions and how we interact with our social environment. To this end, I study the effects of stress on processes such as empathy, mentalizing, and prosocial helping behaviors. In addition, I am also studying how hormones like testosterone and oxytocin impact our ability to foster and maintain social relationships.

To understand these effects, I draw on various psychological disciplines - such as biological, social, and cognitive psychology.

In a second line of research, I study the effects of acute psychosocial stress on cognition. I am particularly interested in understanding how stress impacts cognitive process such as memory updating, separation of information, and autobiographical memories. To investigate these mechanisms, I collaborate with Dr. Signy Sheldon.

I am currently affiliated with the McGill Lab for Affiliation and Prosociality, the Pruessner Stress Lab, and the Sheldon Memory Lab.


(2020). The effects of suppressing the biological stress systems on social threat-assessment following acute stress.. Psychopharmacology.


(2020). Stressed Connections: Cortisol Levels Following Acute Psychosocial Stress Disrupt Affiliative Mimicry in Humans. Proceedings of the Royal Society - B.


(2020). An Affect in its Own Right: Investigating the Relationship of Social Safeness with Positive and Negative Affect. In Personality and Individual Differences.


(2019). Oxytocin Selectively Improves Empathic Accuracy: A Replication in Men and Novel Insights in Women. Biological Psychiatry: CNNI.

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(2019). Post-learning Stress Reduces the Misinformation Effect: Effects of Psychosocial Stress on Memory Updating. Psychoneuroendocrinology.

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(2018). Oxytocin and Human Sociality: An Interactionist Perspective on the 'Hormone of Love'. In Schultheiss, O.C. & Mehta, P.H. (Eds.), Routledge, International Handbook of Social Neuroendocrinology. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

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(2018). The dynamic interplay between acute psychosocial stress, emotion and autobiographical memory. Scientific Reports.

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Manuscripts: under review & in prep

(2020). Resilience During Uncertainty. Greater Social Connectedness During COVID-19 Lockdown is Associated with Reduced Distress and Fatigue. under review.


(2020). The Effects of Acute Stress on Empathic Accuracy. in prep.

Curriculum Vitae

My CV is available here: gDocs.