Welcome to the 'happy lab' page! 


We study a variety of topics that are all related, in some way, to the psychology of well-being and personality. This includes examining the correlates of happiness, as well as the basic processes (e.g., cognitive, emotional) underlying important individual differences. For example, recent projects include:

  • examining why people act more or less sociable or extraverted, and the cognitive and emotional consequences of this variation in behaviour.
  • examining how personality traits like conscientiousness and openness influence memory for trait-realted content.
  • examining the links among introversion, openness, imagination, introspection, and other cognitive processes. 
  • examining how being exposed to nature influences goals, cooperation, cognitive performance, and moods. 
  • examining how individual’s subjective connection with nature, or nature relatedness, is associated with environmentally responsible behaviour and well-being. 
  • large scale, international collaborations on emotions, and to help assess and improve the replicability of psychological science. 


Click on the links at the top of the page to learn more about us.



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mail:  Department of Psychology,  Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, CANADA K1S 5B6 
email: john_zelenski@carleton.ca * PHONE: (613) 520-2600 EXT. 1609 * FAX: (613) 520-3667 * Twitter: @john_M_Zelenski