For 32 years, Paul Ekman was a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and New York University, and his Ph.D. from Adelphi University in 1958 after spending a year in clinical internship at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (part of UCSF). He served as chief psychologist in the U.S. Army, Fort Dix, New Jersey, from 1958-1960. Upon discharge he returned to UCSF, where he held a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship. He then initiated his research program supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the DoD, loosely affiliated with UCSF. In 1972 he was appointed Professor of Psychology at UCSF.
Professor Ekman's research interests have focused on several distinct but related topics. He originally focused on nonverbal behavior, and by the mid-1960’s concentrated on the expression and physiology of emotion. He has also had a long-standing interest in interpersonal deception.
Over the course of his career, Professor Ekman's many honors have included the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association in 1991, and an honorary doctor of humane letters from the University of Chicago in 1994. In 2004 Professor Ekman retired from UCSF, but he continues to consult on research and training related to emotion and deception.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Interpersonal Processes
- Nonverbal Behavior
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- Ekman, P. (Ed.). (1973). Darwin and facial expression: A century of research in review. New York: Academic Press.
- Ekman, P. (Ed.). (1982). Emotion in the human face (2nd ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Ekman, P. (2007). Emotions revealed: Recognizing faces and feelings to improve communication and emotional life (2nd ed.). New York: Times Books.
- Ekman, P. (2001). Telling lies: Clues to deceit in the marketplace, politics, and marriage (3rd ed.). New York: W. W. Norton.
- Ekman, P. (1989). Why kids lie: How parents can encourage truthfulness. New York: Charles Scribners Sons.
- Ekman, P. (1980). The face of man: Expressions of universal emotions in a New Guinea village. New York: Garland.
- Ekman, P., Campos, J., Davidson R. J., & De Waals, F. (Eds.). (2003). Emotions inside out: 130 years after Darwin's "The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals" (Vol. 1000). New York: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.
- Ekman, P., & Davidson, R. (Eds.). (1997). The nature of emotion: Fundamental questions. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Ekman, P., & Friesen, W. V. (1975). Unmasking the face: A guide to recognizing emotions from facial expressions. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
- Ekman, P., Friesen, W. V., & Hager, J. C. (2002). The Facial Action Coding System (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Research Nexus eBook.
- Ekman, P., & Rosenberg, E. L. (Eds.). (2005). What the face reveals: Basic and applied studies of spontaneous expression using the Facial Action Coding System (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.
- Scherer, K., & Ekman, P. (Eds.). (1982). Handbook of methods in nonverbal behavior research. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Scherer, K. R., & Ekman, P. (Eds.). (1984). Approaches to emotion. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
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