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Randy J. Larsen

Randy J. Larsen

I am a personality psychologist interested in emotion. I do research on such topics as emotion/cognition interactions, emotional aging, emotion regulation, and subjective well being. My current work is funded by NIA and NIGMS. I currently serve as a member of the Publication Committee of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. I am fellow of both APA and APS, serve on several journal editoral boards, and am currently serving as Chair of the Psychology Department at Washington University. I am listed on among the 250 most highly cited psychologists in a 20-year period.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Health Psychology
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Social Cognition


Journal Articles:

  • Buss, D. M., & Larsen, R. J., Westen, D., & Semmelroth, J. (1992). Sex differences in jealousy: Evolution, physiology, and psychology. Psychological Science, 3(4), 251-255.
  • Duchek, J. M., Balota, D. A., Storandt, M., & Larsen, R. J. (in press). The power of personality in discriminating between healthy aging and early stage Alzheimer’s Disease. Journal of Gereontology.
  • Gray, J. R., Burgess, G. C., Schaefer, A., Yarkoni, T., & Larsen, R. J. (2005). Affective personality differences in neural processing efficiency confirmed using fMRI. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neurosciences, 5, 182-190.
  • Larsen, R. J., Mercer, K. A., & Balota, D. A. (2006). Lexical characteristics of words used in emotional Stroop experiments. Emotion, 6(1), 62-72.
  • Larsen, R. J., Mercer, K. A., Balota, D. A. & Strube, M. J. (in press). Not all negative words slow down lexical decision and naming speed: Importance of word arousal.
  • Nuetzel, E. J., Larsen, R. J., & Prizmic, Z. (in press). The dynamics of empirically derived factors in the therapeutic relationship. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.Psychological Methods, 11(1), 112-118.
  • Rusting, C. L., & Larsen, R. J. (1998). Personality and cognitive processing of affective information. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24(2), 200-213.
  • Zelenski, J. M., & Larsen, R. J. (2000). The distribution of basic emotions in everyday life: A state and trait perspective from experience sampling data. Journal of Research in Personality, 34(2), 178-197.
  • Zelenski, J. M., & Larsen, R. J. (1999). Susceptibility to affect: A comparison of three personality taxonomies. Journal of Personality, 67(5), 761-791.

Other Publications:

Courses Taught:

  • Contemporary Issues in Personality Psychology
  • Intro to Personality Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Research Ethics

Randy J. Larsen
Department of Psychology
Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Drive, Box 1125
St. Louis, Missouri 63130-4899
United States

  • Phone: (314) 935-8560
  • Fax: (314) 935-7588

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