Emotion and Health Research Group

About us         

 Prof. Rakesh Pandey, Department of Psychology

Rakesh Pandey

Prof. Pandey and his research team is currently focusing on role of emotion in determining and predicting health status of an individual. The team adopts both the pathogenic and salutogenic approach of understanding health. However, the focus is largely on affect related variables such as emotional processing, emotion regulation difficulties, alexithymia, affect intensity, positive and negative affect, emotional expression style, emotional intelligence and other emotion related traits and beliefs. The sift towards the salutogenic approach is recent one and the research is under process. Under this approach the team is currently paying attention on such constructs as psychological immunity, resilience, sense of cohesion, mindfulness, self-compassion and other positive psychological resources.

Apart form this some members of this research team are also focusing on the hemispheric substrates of affect and affective deficits as well as facial expressions of emotion. 

The team has developed and/or adapted several psychological tests and scales to assess various affect related constructs such as alexithymia, emotional intelligence, emotional processing scale, difficulties in emotion regulation scale, emotional validation-invalidation scale and many others apart from scales and tests to measure various domains of mental health and subjective well-being.

 International Collaborations

We (me, Akanksha Dubey and Prachi Saxena) are currently collaborating with Pof. Philip J. Corr, School of Social Work and Psychology, Norwich Research Park, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK and Prof. Veena Kumari, Professor of Experimental Psychology, Psychology, PO78, King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK on Hindi adaption and cross-cultural validation of the RST-PQ a personality questionnaire based on the Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of Personality. Using the contemporary cross-cultural methodology the Hindi version of the RST-PQ has already been developed and currently we are focusing on collecting evidence for its validity in Indian culture and its relationship with various affect related constructs, the Big-five personality dimensions and general mental health. 

Another active collaboration is going with Prof. Roger Baker of UK on Emotional Processing. We have developed a Hindi version of the Emotional Processing Scale and have collected evidence for its validity in Indian culture.Our preliminary research findings indicate that deficits in emotional processing is a strong predictor of physical and mental health and it has incremental validity over other related emotional constructs such as alexithymia and affect intensity.

Earlier we have also  developed the Hindi version of the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale in collaboration and active support of Dr. Kim L Gratz of UK, the author of the original scale. We have conducted several studies using the Hindi version of this scale and some of the findings have already been presented at various national and international level conferences. Recently we have published one article in Europe's Journal of Psychology that focuses on the relationship of emotion regulation difficulties with alexithymia and reports how emotion regulation difficulties may explain the alexithymia - health relationship (see publications for downloading and reading this paper). Other, researches using this scale are in progress and most of them focus on the role of emotion regulation difficulties in understanding general health of an individual and/or its mediating role in explaining the link of drug abuse and psychiatric co-morbidity. 

We have also tried to develop and/or adapt scales and tests to assess other emotion related constructs such as emotional intelligence, affect intensity, Positive Negative Affect Schedule, Emotional Validation Scale etc. Using these and other scales we are trying to explore how various affect related traits, dispositions, and abilities relate with human health. 

The page "test and scales" is under construction and very soon a description of the tests developed and/or adapted by our research team will be available.