Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1971
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Emotional development, periods of change, such as adolescence, emotional displays across the lifespan, gender differences in emotions, and the organizing effects of emotion on personality and social development.
Social psychology, human emotion development, and intradisciplinary health.
Memberships and Professional Service
Director, The Human Emotions Laboratory, Rutgers University, 1993-present; Director, Rutgers University Study Abroad Program in the UK, 1992-1993; NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1974-1976; Professorial Fellow, HEW TTT Program, 1970; Founding member, International Society for Research on Emotion; Member, American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Association of Chemoreception Sciences, and the Society for Research on Adolescence.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Critics Circle Award for Handbook of Emotion, 1998; National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1974-1976; Rutgers University Research Council Summer Fellowship, 1973-1974; HEW Trainers of Teachers of Teacher’s Professorial Fellow, 1970-1971; NIMH Predoctoral Fellowship, 1968-1970.
Academic Interests and Plans
My research interests include emotional displays across the lifespan, gender differences in emotions and the organizing effects of emotion on personality and social development.
About 15 years ago I established the Human Emotions Lab. We have developed tools for approaching emotion as a dynamic system that influences complex thought processes and man kinds of behavior, including autonomic behavior. Recently we have included semiochemicals as another method of non-verbal emotional communication. The semiochemicals — fragrances, odorants, pheromones, and body odors influence mood, attitude, memory, reaction time and social behavior. This study includes environmental influences on emotion and well-being. In a very popular set of studies we showed that flowers and even flower scents promote happiness in people. We suggested an evolutionary theory for this in which flowers became the “pets” of the plant world and are supported by people to reciprocate emotional support lending a bit of support to general wellness.