Prof. Susanne Kaiser

Susanne Kaiser is professor of psychology at the University of Geneva. Her teaching and research activities focus on the areas of emotion, facial expression analysis and synthesis, nonverbal communication, emotion-cognition interaction, motivational factors in collaboration, human-computer interaction, embodied agents, and emotion and gender under a power perspective. She is principal investigator of several research programs, financed by the Swiss National Foundation. She is member of the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences, one of 20 National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) established by the Swiss federal government. With the University of Geneva as its home institution, the Centre coordinates collaborative research by psychologists, neuroscientists, philosophers, historians, economists, social scientists, and legal scholars.


Member of the Advisory Board for the 4-yr ESRC large grant project on Emotion Regulation of Others and Self (EROS): A collaborative Research Network. 

Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Comparative and
Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, UK. 


International Society for Research on Emotions (ISRE).

International Society for Facial Expressions (Vice president).

Fédération Suisse des Psychologues (FSP) - Member of the Admission Comission.

Société Suisse des Psychologues (SSP/SGP) - Committee member from 1995-2005; vice president from 1999-2005.


Bassal, C., Schenkel, K., & Kaiser, S. (2012). Approche éthologique de la
régulation émotionnelle. In Mikolajczak, M., & Desseilles, M. (Eds), Traité de la régulation émotionnelle (pp.255-267). Bruxelles: De Boeck

With, S. & Kaiser, S. (2011). The sequential patterning of facial actions in the production and perception of emotional expressions. Swiss Journal of
Psychology, 70 (4), 241-252. (Link)

Reicherts, M., Kaiser, S., & Genoud, P. (2011). Konzeption und
theoretisches Modell. In M. Reicherts, P. Genoud, & G. Zimmermann.(Eds.),
Emotionale Offenheit (pp. 9-30). Bern: Huber.

Schenkel, K., Kaiser, S., & Wranik, T. (2011). Emotionale Offenheit in
helfenden Interaktionen. In M. Reicherts, P. Genoud, & G. Zimmermann
(Eds.), Emotionale Offenheit (pp. 221-232). Bern: Huber.

Bänziger,T., With, S., Kaiser, S. (2010).The face and voice of emotions. In Blueprint for Affective Computing a sourcebook. (ed. K.R. Scherer, T. Bänziger, E.B. Roesch), pp 85-104. Oxford University Press. Series in Affective Sciences. New York.

Elefant-Yanni, V., Kaiser, S., & Victoria Feser, M. P. (Submitted). Affect is all at once motivation, cognition and behavior, Emotion.

Sander, D., Grandjean, D., Kaiser, S., Wehrle, T., & Scherer, K. R. (2007). Interaction effects of perceived gaze direction and dynamic facial expression: Evidence for appraisal theories of emotion. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 19 (3), 470-480.

Kaiser, S. (2002a). The role and functions of facial behavior in social interactions (invited review article on Russell, J. A., & Fernández-Dols, J. M.. The psychology of facial expression. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997). Semiotica, 138 (1), 313-319.

Wehrle, T., Kaiser, S., Schmidt, S. & Scherer, K. R (2000). Studying the dynamics of emotional expression using synthesized facial muscle movements. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78 (1), 105-119.

Kaiser, S. & Wehrle, T. (1992). Automated coding of facial behavior in human-computer interactions with FACS, Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 16 (2), 67-83.

Bänninger-Huber, E. & Rauber- Kaiser, S. (1989). Die Differenzierung verschiedener Lächeltypen: FACS-Codierung und Einschätzungen. Eine Untersuchung zur Eindrucksbildung. (Different types of smiling: FACS- Coding and judgments.) Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 48, 21-34.

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University of Geneva
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