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Affective science is the interdisciplinary field focused on understanding emotional and affective processes. Affective science involves research on emotion, emotion regulation, mood disorders, and affective neuroscience. Affective scientists use a variety of methods and approaches in their work, from purely behavioral and organizational studies in humans to molecular and cellular studies in animals. There are multiple faculty in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, across program areas, who focus on affective processes in their research programs. This research cluster has formed a discussion group with faculty in the department and across campus, with the aim of catalyzing emotion research that crosses traditional disciplines and methods to address important societal issues, such as substance abuse and fear disorders.