Susanne Kaiser, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
|Department of Psychology
University of Geneva
40, Boulevard du Pont-d'Arve
|Tel. direct : +41-22-379-9216
Tel. secretary : +41-22-379-9215
Fax : +41-22-379-9219
Email : Susanne.Kaiser@pse.unige.ch
- The functions of emotions with respect to the two interrelated
regulatory processes in which emotions are involved: a) the intra-individual
regulation of thoughts and behavior and b) the inter-individual regulation
in social interactions.
- The role of facial expressions as an interface between these two
regulatory processes or systems:
The empirical study and theoretical modeling of emotion, cognition,
and behavior as situated processes in a dynamically changing environment.
A more detailed description of this research domain can be found in
the description of current projects.
Computerized approaches to the analysis and synthesis of facial
expressions. More information about tools developed by Thomas Wehrle
can be found here.
Emotion, stress and coping
Disturbances in emotional processing in clinical disorders
- Major issues concerning the intra-individual process are the
relation between emotion and cognition, particularly emotion- antecedent
appraisal, and the interactions between different emotion components,
in particular the role of subjective experience or feeling state.
- The inter-individual process is studied in terms of how emotions
and emotion expression regulate interpersonal interaction and -
vice versa - how emotions are regulated during interactions.
Other Professional Activities
- Faculty member in the Postgraduate Program in Psychology: Stress
and emotions at work and in social relationships. Co-orgnization
of the first years’ scientific seminar, which took place as
part of the 7th Geneva Emotion Week (GEW'99): Emotion
and Stress: The Nature of the Emotion Process.
- Organization of the third GENEVA EMOTION WEEK (GEW '95)
Emotions. The intention of GEW'95 is to bring together researchers
from diverse disciplines, including AI, neurosciences, philosophy,
and psychology, who share an interest in architectures and mechanisms
underlying emotion, motivation, and intelligence. The focus is on
architectural requirements for an autonomous agent, combining the
various sub-functions and sub-mechanisms normally studied separately
in AI and Psychology.