Ira J. Roseman, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
Rutgers University
311 N. Fifth St.
Camden, NJ 08102

Office: 306 Armitage Hall
Phone: (856) 225-6341 
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Major Research Interests:  causes of emotions, emotional responses, emotion regulation, emotional disorders, political psychology, belief systems, human motivation, cross-cultural psychology.

Representative Publications:

Roseman, I. J. (2013). Appraisal in the emotion system: Coherence in strategies for coping. Emotion Review, 5, 141-149.  request

Roseman, I. J. (2011). Emotional behaviors, emotivational goals, emotion strategies: Multiple levels of organization integrate variable and consistent responses. Emotion Review, 3, 434-443. request

Roseman, I. J. (2008). Motivations and emotivations: Approach, avoidance, and other tendencies in motivated and emotional behavior. In A. J. Elliot (Ed.), Handbook of approach and avoidance motivation (pp. 343-366). New York: Psychology Press. request
Fischer, A. H., & Roseman, I. J. (2007). Beat them or ban them: The characteristics and social functions of anger and contempt. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 103-115. request
Roseman, I. J., & Evdokas, A. (2004). Appraisals cause experienced emotions: Experimental evidence. Cognition and Emotion, 18, 1-28. request
Roseman, I. J., & Kaiser, S. (2001). Applications of appraisal theory to understanding and treating emotional pathology. In K. R. Scherer, A. Schorr, & T. Johnstone (Eds.), Appraisal Processes in Emotion: Theory, Methods, Research (pp. 249-267). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. request
Roseman, I. J. (2001). A model of appraisal in the emotion system: Integrating theory, research, and applications. In K. R. Scherer, A. Schorr, & T. Johnstone (Eds.), Appraisal processes in emotion: Theory, methods, research (pp. 68-91). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. request
Roseman, I. J., Dhawan, N., Rettek, S. I., Naidu, R. K., & Thapa, K. (1995). Cultural differences and cross-cultural similarities in appraisals and emotional responses. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 26, 23-48.
Roseman, I. J., Wiest, C., & Swartz, T. S. (1994). Phenomenology, behaviors, and goals differentiate discrete emotions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 67, 206-221. request

Work in Progress:
Testing and refining a theory of the cognitive and motivational determinants of discrete emotions, such as joy, hope, love, sadness, fear, anger, contempt, guilt, and shame.
Specifying how these discrete emotions differ from each other in phenomenology, physiology, expression, behaviors, and goals; and how they vary with emotion intensity.
Examining emotions as a system of alternative ways of coping with crises and opportunities.
Extending this model of the emotion system to help account for cultural, developmental, and individual differences in emotion and emotion regulation.
Applying the model to help understand and influence maladaptive emotional responses (e.g., dysfunctional depression and hostility) and important emotion-related behaviors (e.g., suicide; conflict in intergroup, romantic, and parent-child relations; social exclusion; prosocial behavior).
Studying anger vs. contempt in political communications and in perceptions of candidates; studying ways to counter or defuse contempt.

Studying the psychology of passion (romantic, political, religious, vocational).

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