Robert W. Levenson is a recipient of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) William James Fellow Award for his lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology. Recipients must be APS members recognized internationally for their outstanding contributions to scientific psychology. Honorees are recognized annually at the APS Convention.
Emotions are the threads that make up the fabric of our lives. They protect us from danger, create and break bonds with others, help us navigate our way in the social world, and powerfully influence whether we are ultimately happy or unhappy, healthy or sick. In this William James award address, I will describe some of the enduring mysteries about emotion that have driven my research over the years (some of which trace back to James’ writings over a century ago). These include questions about what emotions are and what they do, the sources of emotional differences among individuals and their consequences, how emotions are organized in the nervous system, and how emotions are influenced by normal aging and disease. I will report on progress made toward unraveling some of these mysteries using laboratory methods for eliciting emotions, studies of dyadic interaction, cross-cultural comparisons, longitudinal designs, and work with neurological patients.
Robert W. Levenson
University of California, Berkeley
The award address will available sometime in July.
The first APS Mentor Award was presented at the 25th APS Annual Convention in Washington, DC, May 23-26, 2013 to Professor Robert Levenson, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley.
The APS Mentor Award is a new lifetime achievement award to recognize psychology researchers and educators who have shaped the future directions of science by fostering the careers of students and colleagues.
The award honors the importance of mentoring in the field as well as the dedication and impact of individuals with a distinguished record of teaching, advising, and encouraging students and colleagues who go on to have productive and influential research careers.
BCRN held a workshop on “Decision-Making and Emotion Regulation in Life-Span Transitions” on November 8 and 9, 2012 at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. The conference focused on two key processes, decision-making and emotion regulation, during two important life-span transitions, adolescence and late life. This focus reflects our view that adolescence and late life are key inflection points in the life span in which biological and social changes place unique demands on decision making and emotion regulation capacities. These also are times in development that provide unique opportunities for targeted interventions aimed at changing behavior. The long-term goal of the conference is to help build interdisciplinary research teams at Berkeley that will be able to pursue exciting research in the area of behavior change. The conference was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging (1R13AG043207-01).
The IPSR-NIA Workshop was a huge success!
This workshop, "Advancing Integrative Psychological Research on Adaptive and Healthy Aging," was organized by the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley and the Division of Behavioral and Social Research of the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health.
It took place at UC Berkeley on May 21, 2009, one day before the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science (which was held in San Francisco on May 22-25, 2009). The workshop focused on advancing discussion in core emerging areas of psychological science in aging concerning emotional function, social relationships, and social behaviors. It highlighted novel approaches currently being taken in the field, and encouraged cross-talk and interaction between researchers in the field of aging and researchers in other areas of psychological science.
To learn more about the presenters, watch video's of the presentations, and view available readings please visit the IPSR-NIA Workshop website.