Monika Lohani, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate | Email meMonika Lohani, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She investigates: (1) efficient ways to manage ongoing social and personal crises; (2) intervention programs for emotional health; (3) the effects and mechanisms of contemplative practices on emotional and cognitive functioning in healthy and clinical populations; and (4) individual and group differences in socioemotional cognition. At the Center, Monika studies how people can develop emotional intelligence skills through virtual interactions, as well as how those interactions affect trust and reliance on computer systems (PIs: Drs. Susan Rivers and Charlene Stokes). This research incorporates multimodal assessment (e.g., self-report, facial analysis, EEG, EDA, HRV, and eye-tracking) and a validated emotional skills dialog paradigm (RULER) to explore the risks and benefits associated with virtual interactions. Monika received the Francisco Varela Award for Contemplative Sciences from the Mind and Life Institute to do an intervention study that combines psychophysiological, behavioral, and experience sampling assessments to measure the effect of two specific meditation techniques (Open Monitoring and Focused Attention). The goal of that project is to decipher the underlying mechanisms through which such techniques improve emotion regulation skills in mildly depressed individuals. Monika is now exploring several exciting lines of multidisciplinary research to optimize psychosocial health outcomes across the lifespan. Monika earned her M.A. in cognitive science from the Center for Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, India, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in social developmental psychology from Brandeis University.