Social Motivation Narratives and Anticipatory Pleasure in Schizophrenia
My current research uses data from the Clinical Assessment Interview for Negative Symptoms (CAINS) to examine how people with schizophrenia conceptualize and experience their social worlds. With an emphasis on perceived barriers and motivations for social interaction as well as pleasure derived from those interactions, we hope to better our understanding of the complex dynamics underlying impaired social functioning in family relationships, romantic relationships and friendships among those with the disorder.
Thank you to my wonderful sponsors, the Anselm Fund, for giving me the opportunity to work at the Emotion and Social Interaction Lab this summer. Being able to fully devote myself to research projects that I’m so passionate about was not only rewarding, but also gave me a chance to be involved in the process in a way that I had not been able to do in the past semester. Whether it was working on some projects in their final stages or others in their earlier ones, I was able to learn the breadth of the research process, better engage with my research team and mentors, and learn more about my specific passions in research. I look back on this summer as an incredible experience and am grateful for having had the chance to do this.