At Carnegie Mellon, I worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Behavioral and Decision Research, usually leading the administration of experiments and surveys. After reading a New York Times article on Google’s Search Quality team, I became interested in examining the impacts of emotion on how people made decisions while searching the web.

I became familiar with literature that identified the effects of sadness and happiness on how people made decisions. I decided that the best way to identify these effects would be to triangulate through a combination of behavioral analysis and experiment.

I asked a number of Web companies for search log data, and it was a bright day when Yahoo agreed.

Here’s a poster paper of the studies presented at the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media.