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 showed 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, guilt, 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
  • Coping with envy:
    • Individual-level mechanisms – with Elliott Larson
    • Organizational-level mechanisms – with Elliott Larson, Manny Gonzales
  • Predictors of envy – with Elliott Larson, Danielle Wald
  • Envy regulation through emotion attributions to self and others  – with Agneta Fischer (University of Amsterdam), Elliott Larson
  • 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 Gonzales
  • PhD. Students:

Elliott Larson

Cristina Arroyo

Danielle Wald

  • M.S. students:

Alexander Young (NYU)

  • Undergraduate students:

Jesse Rigos

Jason Qian

Tamar Annenberg (Yeshiva University)

  • Lab Volunteers:

Roberta Evans

Ross Walker

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




Personal web-page: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/academics/psychology/ycohen-charash.htm


Last updated on September 12, 2014


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