Addiction, Health, & Adolescence (AHA!) Lab
Photo Credit (top image): Gaelle Marcel / Unsplash
What does your daily life look like?
We are a research laboratory in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. We are perpetually curious about the way behavior unfolds over short time scales (e.g., moment-to-moment, day-to-day) during the course of everyday life. The ebb and flow of momentary behavior may seem inconsequential, but the minutiae of everyday life, once tallied up over time, become the foundation for more enduring changes in our behavior, environment, and biology that occur on longer (e.g., years, decades) timescales. In other words, “behavior is the leading edge of adaptation.” With this focus on short-term (on the daily or even finer timescales) dynamics in behavior, our research focuses on substance use, emotion regulation, and curiosity across the lifespan, with a particular focus on adolescence.
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.” — Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
We have three main lines of research. Common to all is an obsession with intensively measuring daily experiences in the wild and online, modeling behavior as the output of a complex system, and providing insights into health and well-being.
Participate in a Study
We are often recruiting participants for ongoing studies in the laboratory. Take a look at the studies we are currently conducting. Follow the links below if you are interested in learning more and taking part.
This summer, doctoral students Danielle Clark and Darin Johnson gained hands-on research experience working in the Philadelphia community.
AHA! on Video
Hear from Dr. Lydon-Staley about some of our lab's work.