UNT DEAR Lab | Department of Psychology


Within the Department of Psychology at the University of North Texas, the Disposition, Emotion, & Addiction Research Laboratory (DEAR Lab), directed by Dr. Casey Guillot, investigates the etiology and emotional and behavioral effects of substance use and other addictive behaviors. The DEAR Lab is primarily interested in the pathway of influence spanning from personality and cognitive dispositions to emotional states and disturbance and ending in addictive behaviors, including reciprocal relations along that pathway, such as affective states and addictive behaviors having bidirectional influence on each other, and the sometimes circular nature of emotional disorder and addiction.

Given that genetic factors and their interactions with environmental variables also influence personality and cognition (e.g., executive functioning) as well as emotional disorders and addiction, a secondary interest of the DEAR Lab is psychiatric genetics, particularly the molecular genetics of addictive and impulsive behaviors (e.g., self-harm and aggression).

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