Erik Knight Wing, M.A.

Primary office:
Fraser Hall, 319


I’m a clinical graduate student working with Dr. Steve Ilardi in the TLC Lab.   I grew up in Bloomington, MN and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 with a degree in psychology and marketing.  Before coming to Kansas in 2014, I worked for two years as a lab manager at the University of Denver, working with Dr. Kateri McRae and Dr. Jeremy Reynolds.  In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball (decently), playing golf (poorly), and everything and anything Game of Thrones.

My current research interests concern the relationship between mind wandering and affective dynamics.  Although most everyone mind wanders (i.e. daydreams), there is variability in the frequency and content of off-task thought that is predictive of maladaptive emotional consequences.  I’m interested in the individual differences responsible for this variance in mind wandering profiles, as well as mapping the evidence for mind wandering as a foundation in the development of psychopathology, particularly in major depression.

I’m also aiding in the development of new treatment and prevention approaches to major depression.  Current projects include TLC 3.0, as well as a mindfulness-based TLC intervention designed for adolescent populations.

Selected Publications

Heller, A. S., Fox, A. S., Wing, E. K., McQuisition, K. M., Vack, N. J., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). The Neurodynamics of Affect in the Laboratory Predicts Persistence of Real-World Emotional Responses. The Journal of Neuroscience,35(29), 10503-10509. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0569-15.2015 

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