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 
FAX: (856) 225-6602

Major Research Interests:  causes of emotions, emotional responses, emotion regulation, emotional disorders, political psychology, belief systems, human motivation, cross-cultural psychology.

Selected Publications:

Roseman, I. J., Rudolph, B., Steele, A. K., & Katz, S. (2021).  A tale of two outcomes: Understanding and countering extremist narratives. In K. Aumer (Ed.). The psychology of extremism (pp. 5-46). Springer. request

Roseman, I. J., Mattes, K., Redlawsk, D. P., &  Katz, S. (2020). Reprehensible, laughable: The role of contempt in negative campaigning. American Politics Research, 48(1), 44-77. request

Roseman, I. J., & Steele, A. K. (2018). Concluding commentary: Schadenfreude, gluckschmerz, jealousy, and hate-what (and when, and why) are the emotions? Emotion Review, 10(4), 327-340. request

Redlawsk, D. P., Roseman, I. J., Mattes, K., &  Katz, S. (2018). Donald Trump, contempt, and the 2016 GOP Iowa Caucuses. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 28(2), 173-189. request

Roseman, I. J. (2018). Rejecting the unworthy: The causes, components, and consequences of contempt.  In M. Mason (Ed.), The moral psychology of contempt (pp. 107-130). London: Rowman & Littlefield. request

Roseman, I. J. (2018). Functions of anger in the emotion system. In H. Lench (Ed.), The function of emotions: When and why emotions help us (pp. 141-173). New York: Springer. request

Mattes, K., Roseman, I. J., Redlawsk, D. P., &  Katz, S. (2017). Contempt and anger in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. In J. C. Lucas, C. J. Galdieri, & T. S. Sisco (Eds.), Conventional wisdom, parties, and broken barriers in the 2016 election (pp. 101-113). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. request

Roseman, I. J. (2017). Comment: Frameworks for theory and research on positive emotions. Emotion Review, 9(3), 238-244. request

Roseman, I. J. (2017). Transformative events: Appraisal bases of passion and mixed emotions. Emotion Review9(2), 133-139.  request

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., & Smith, C. A. (2001). Appraisal theory: Overview, assumptions, varieties, controversies. In K. R. Scherer, A. Schorr, & T. Johnstone (Eds.), Appraisal processes in emotion: Theory, methods, research (pp. 3-19). New York: Oxford University Press. request

Roseman, I. J. (1994). The psychology of strongly-held beliefs: Theories of ideological structure and individual attachment. In R. C. Schank & E. Langer (Eds.), Beliefs, reasoning, and decision- making: Psycho-logic in honor of Bob Abelson (pp. 175-208). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. 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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