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Klaus R. Scherer

Klaus R. Scherer

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Klaus Scherer's research focuses, apart from interests in personality, stress, communication, and music, on the study of emotion-eliciting cognitive appraisal, its neural bases, and its effects on facial and vocal emotion expression as well as on psychophysiological response patterns. Current research projects also include: Modeling emotion as a multicomponent process; acoustic parameters of emotional state in the voice; intercultural comparison of emotional experience, emotion induction via music. Scherer co-directs a series of books on "Affective Science" for Oxford University Press. He has been a founding co-editor (with R. Davidson) of the APA journal EMOTION. Scherer is member/fellow of several national and international scientific societies. Klaus Scherer also pursues activities directed at the practical application of scientific research findings. He developed a computerized assessment system for management potential and a test of emotional intelligence. He is the director of the Swiss National Research Center in the Affective Sciences.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Person Perception

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Journal Articles:

  • Banse, R., & Scherer, K. R. (1996). Acoustic profiles in vocal emotion expression. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70(3), 614-636.
  • Scherer, K. R. (2004). Which emotions can be induced by music? What are the underlying mechanisms? And how can we measure them? Journal of New Music Research, 33(3), 239-251.
  • Scherer, K. R. (2003). Vocal communication of emotion: A review of research paradigms. Speech Communication, 40, 227-256.
  • Scherer, K. R. (1999). On the sequential nature of appraisal processes: Indirect evidence from a recognition task. Cognition and Emotion, 13(6), 763-793.
  • Scherer, K. R. (1997). The role of culture in emotion-antecedent appraisal. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 902-922.
  • Scherer, K. R. (1997). Profiles of emotion-antecedent appraisal: Testing theoretical predictions across cultures. Cognition and Emotion, 11, 113-150.
  • Scherer, K. R., Banse, R., & Wallbott, H. G. (2001). Emotion inferences from vocal expression correlate across languages and cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 32(1), 76-92.
  • Scherer, K. R., & Ceschi, G. (2000). Criteria for emotion recognition from verbal and nonverbal expression: Studying baggage loss in the airport. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26(3), 327-339.
  • Scherer, K. R., Wranik, T., Sangsue, J., Tran, V., & Scherer, U. (2004). Emotions in everyday life: Probability of occurrence, risk factors, appraisal and reaction pattern. Social Science Information, 43(4), 499-570.
  • Scherer, K. R., Zentner, M. R., & Stern, D. (2004). Beyond surprise: The puzzle of infants' expressive reactions to expectancy violation. Emotion, 4(4), 389-402.

Other Publications:

  • Scherer, K. R. (2004). Feelings integrate the central representation of appraisal-driven response organization in emotion. In A. S. R. Manstead, N. H. Frijda, & A. H. Fischer (Eds.), Feelings and Emotions: The Amsterdam Symposium (pp. 136-157). Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
  • Scherer, K. R. (2001). Appraisal considered as a process of multi-level sequential checking. In K. R. Scherer, A. Schorr, & T. Johnstone (Eds.), Appraisal processes in emotion: Theory, Methods, Research (pp. 92-120). New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Scherer, K. R., Johnstone, T., & Klasmeyer, G. (2003). Vocal expression of emotion. In R. J. Davidson, K. R. Scherer, and H. Goldsmith (Eds.), Handbook of the Affective Sciences (pp. 433-456). New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Scherer K. R., & Peper, M. (2001). Psychological theories of emotion and neuropsychological research. In F. Boller & J. Grafman (Eds.), Handbook of Neuropsychology. Vol. 5 (Emotional behavior and its disorders, G. Gainotti, Ed., pp. 17-48). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Scherer, K. R., & Tran, V. (2001). Effects of emotion on the process of organisational learning. In A. Berthoin Antal, J. Child, M. Dierkes, & I. Nonaka (Eds.), Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge (pp. 369-392). New York: Oxford University Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Seminar in Emotion Research

Klaus R. Scherer
Swiss Center for Affective Sciences
University of Geneva
7, rue des Battoirs
CH-1205 Geneva

  • Phone: +41 22 379 9211
  • Fax: +41 22 379 9219

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