Hill’s research focuses on understanding the individual differences and early life experiences that influence trajectories of healthy aging and development. His work primarily examines whether having a sense of purpose or direction in life promotes better health, in part because purposeful individuals may experience less daily stress and take better care of themselves. Other research interests include the health consequences associated with trait conscientiousness and forgiveness.
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Patrick Hill, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences; and Gabrielle Pfund, graduate student in psychological and brain sciences
Patrick Hill, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences
Research from the lab of Patrick Hill in psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences shows a link in older adults between social interactions and having a sense of purpose.
Children who have more conflict in relationships with their mothers during early years of elementary school may find it more difficult to find a sense of purpose in life as they reach adulthood, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.