- Culture and Ethnicity
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Intergroup Relations
- Person Perception
- Self and Identity
Paula M. Niedenthal
My research focuses on emotion processes at several levels of analysis. At a basic cognitive level I am interested in how emotions influence the perception and interpretation of facial expression and of other symbols with emotional value, such as words. I have also examined the role of emotion in categorization. Most recently my work on this problem has focused on how emotions serve to ground categories in a fundamental way, such that, especially during emotional states, individuals tend to group together objects and events into categories because those items elicit the same emotion. In working on the role of emotion in categorization, I have developed a strong interest in theories of embodied cognition and the manner in which such theories can bring together many findings in the area of emotion and processing of emotional information.
At the level of social interaction, I also work with a group of collaborators, including a number of my graduate students, on the ways in which power relations influence the expression and inhibition of emotion. We are particularly interested in this question from a cross-cultural perspective. And, finally, and most recently, I have been working with graduate students on the study of the role of moral emotions in the construction and maintenance of social norms.
I am a Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and my work as been recognized with an NIMH FIRST Award, an NSF Career Advancement Award for Women, and the SPSP Theoretical Innovation Award. My editorial experience includes service as Associate Editor for Cognition and Emotion as well as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
2011: Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
2003: Directeur de Recherche (CNRS) Université Blaise Pascal, France
1999: Chargé de Recherche (CNRS) Université Blaise Pascal, France
1998: Full Professor, Department of Psycholoy, Indiana University
1993: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Indiana University
1987: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Johns Hopkins University
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Paula M. Niedenthal
Department of Psychology
1202 W. Johnson Street
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: (608) 890-4379
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