My scholarly background is in the science of emotion. Current scholarly interests include questions related to social perception, social connection and isolation, positive emotions, time perception and mindfulness, and the role of technology in social interaction and well-being.

As a full-time lecturer, I do not maintain a research lab, but occasionally work with highly independent and motivated undergraduate students on projects of mutual interest.


Publications & Presentations


  • Kirkland, T., Gruber, J., & Cunningham, W. A. (2015). Comparing happiness and hypomania risk: A study of extraversion and neuroticism aspects. Public Library of Science ONE, 10, e0132438. [pdf]
  • Cunningham, W. A., & Kirkland, T. (2014). The joyful, yet balanced, amygdala: Moderated responses to positive but not negative stimuli in trait happiness. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 9, 760-766. [pdf]
  • Kirkland, T., & Cunningham, W. A. (2012). Mapping emotions through time: How affective trajectories inform the language of emotion. Emotion, 12, 268-282. [pdf]
  • Cunningham, W. A., & Kirkland, T. (2012). Emotion, cognition, and the classical elements of mind. Emotion Review, 4, 369-370[pdf]
  • Kirkland, T., & Cunningham, W. A. (2011). Neural basis of affect and emotion. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Sciences, 2, 656-665. [pdf]


  • Kirkland, T. (2018/04). Mindfulness promotes engagement in the university classroom. UW Teaching & Learning Symposium. [link]
  • Kirkland, T., & Karkhanis, D. G. (2017/01). Want your students to learn more? Test them in groups! Noba Project. [link]
  • Karkhanis, D. G., & Kirkland Turowski, T. (2015/05). Group exams improve student learning. Psychology Teacher Network, 25, 8-10. [pdf]
  • Kirkland, T. & Karkhanis, D. G. (2014/10). Group exams improve student learning. Poster presented to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology at Annual Conference on Teaching. Recipient of Early Career Psychologist Committee Outstanding Poster Award. [pdf]