Emotions in Organizations Lab

At the emotions in organizations lab, we examine the role of emotions in motivating behavior in work organizations. One of the emotions we focus on is envy. We have repeatedly shown that envy can result in both destructive and constructive behaviors. Our major research program now examines when reactions to envy are constructive or destructive. Additional projects deal with the emotions of being happy for the other’s success (firgun) as motivating work behavior. We are also interested in additional discrete emotions, such as jealousy and fear, as affecting and being affected by various organizational behaviors and practices (such as work performance and leadership, respectively). We also conduct research examining issues of fairness in organizations, especially the relationship between fairness and emotions. We utilize a wide variety of research methods, such as laboratory experiments, correlational studies, survey research, longitudinal studies, archival studies, and qualitative studies.

Research Projects Currently Conducted at the Lab

  • Constructive and destructive reactions to workplace envy – several studies conducted with Elliott Larson
  • Being happy for the other’s good fortune (firgun) – with Elliott Larson, Charles Scherbaum, Miriam Erez
  • Jealousy at work – with Gerben van Kleef  (University of Amsterdam), Elliott Larson
  • Envy regulation through emotion attributions to self and others  – with Agneta Fischer (University of Amsterdam), Elliott Larson
  • Envy and (in)justice with Manny Gonzalez
  • Coping with envy:
    • Individual-level mechanisms – with Elliott Larson
    • Organizational-level mechanisms – with Elliott Larson, Manny Gonzalez
  • Predictors of envy – with Elliott Larson, Danielle Wald, and Manny Gonzalez
  • Envy as a mediator of relationship between pay secrecy and behavior – with Cristina Arroyo
  • Envy and anti-Semitism – with Richard Smith, Elliott Larson, and Charles Hoogland (Richard and Charles are from the University of Kentucky)

Lab People

  • • Yochi Cohen-Charash, Ph.D.
  • • Ph.D. student and lab manager:
    • Manny Gonzalez

    PhD. Students:
    Elliott Larson
    Cristina Arroyo
    Soohyun Ashley Lee
    Danielle Wald

    Undergraduate students:
    Jordana Samson (Yeshiva University)
    Anna Apfel (Yeshiva University)
    Kheanu Ramirez (Baruch College)

    Lab Volunteers:
    Adrian Reece (BA, Baruch College)
    Michael Hay (BA, Yeshiva University)
    Jonathan (Yoni) Mintz (BA, Queens College)

Contact us at:

Emotions in Organizations Lab VC 8-137
C/O Yochi Cohen-Charash, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Baruch College
One Bernard Baruch Way, Box B-8215
New York, NY 10010


Yochi’s personal web-page: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/academics/psychology/ycohen-charash.htm

Last updated on March 10, 2017


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