Research in the lab examines the interplay of basic cognitive processes and emotion regulation as they relate to mood and anxiety disorders. Specifically, we explore the ways in which cognitive processes and emotional experiences create negative cycles that can exacerbate and prolong emotional difficulties and disorders. Our current work examines attention, interpretation, memory, attribution, and executive functions. We investigate how these processes are linked to depression and to rumination, a particularly maladaptive form of emotion regulation, and to other forms of adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation. Furthermore, in recent years, we have been developing methods of cognitive bias modification, primarily ones that address executive control, with the aim of reducing ruminative thinking.