The Emotion Communication Laboratory does research on the role of emotion in communication, including studying relationships between emotional arousal, experience, expression, and communication.
Ross Buck, Professor
Sara Picklesimer, Doctoral Student
Kivy Weeks, Doctoral Student
Zhan Xu, Doctoral Student
Recent Publications and Media Coverage
Brain-Imaging Technology Reveals Hidden Emotions in UConn Today — February 5, 2016
Buck, R., & Miller, M. (2016). Beyond facial expression: Spatial distance as a factor in the communication of discrete emotions. In A. Kostic and D. Chadee (Eds.), The Social Psychology of Nonverbal Communication. (173-197). Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-34585-1
Buck, R., & Miller, M. (2016). Measuring the dynamic stream of display: Spontaneous and intentional facial expression and communication. In. David Matsumoto, Hyisung C. Hwang, and Mark G. Frank (Eds.), APA Handbook of Nonverbal Communication. (pp. 425-458). APA Handbooks in Psychology Series. APA Books. Washington, D.C., USA: American Psychological Association.
Fagan, M., Khan, M. H., and Buck, R. (2015). A Study of Users' Experiences and Beliefs about Software Update Messages. Computers in Human Behavior, 51. 504-519.
Buck, R. (2014). Emotion: A Biosocial Synthesis. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. www.cambridge.org/9780521813167
Miller, M., Denes, A., Diaz, B., & Buck, R. (2014). Attachment style predicts jealous reactions to viewing touch between a romantic partner and close friend: Implications for internet social communication, Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. 38. 451–476. doi: 10.1007/s10919-014-0196-y
Buck, R. (2014). Extending the Global Village: Emotional communication in the online age. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 37. 79-80. BBS-D-13-00141. doi: 10.1017/S014052X13001684
Buck, R. (2014). Emotional attachment security as the origin of liberal-conservative differences in vigilance to negative features of the environment. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 37. 308-309. BBS-D-13-00530
Buck, R., and Powers, S. R. (2013). Encoding and display: A developmental-Interactionist model of nonverbal sending accuracy. In J. A. Hall and M. Knapp (Eds.) Nonverbal Communication. (pp. 403-440). Handbooks of Communication Science. Vol. 2. Series editors Paul Schulz and Paul Cobley. Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
Buck, R. (2013). Nonverbal communication. In M.D. Gellman & J.R. Turner (eds.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9
Buck, R. (2012). Prime elements of subjectively experienced feelings and desires: Imaging the emotional cocktail. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Jun; 35(3):144. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X11001579
Buck & Ferrer, (2012). Emotion, warnings, and the ethics of risk communication. In S. Roeser, R. Hillerbrand, P. Sandin, and M. Peterson (Eds.), Handbook of Risk Theory. (694-723). New York: Springer.
Buck, R. (2011). Communicative Genes in the Evolution of Empathy and Altruism. Behavior Genetics. 41, 876-888.
Ferrer, R. A., Fisher, J. D., Buck, R., & Amico, K. R. (2011). Pilot test of an emotional education component for sexual risk-reduction. Health Psychology. 30. 656-660.
Powers, S. R., Rauh, C., Buck, R., Henning, R., & West, T. V. (2011). The Effect of Video Feedback Delay on Frustration and Emotion Communication Accuracy. Computers in Human Behavior. 27. 1651-1657.
Buck, R., & Powers, S. R. (2011). Emotion, Media, and the Global Village. In K. Doveling, C. von Scheve, and E. A. Konijn (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Emotions and Mass Media. (pp. 181-194). London and New York: Routledge.
Current Extramural Grants
Ross Buck, Co-I with PI: Mohammed Kahn. EAGER: The Role of Emotion in Risk Communication and Warning: Application to Risks of Failures to Update Software. National Science Foundation NSF/CISE Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering. Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace CISE/SBE New Collaboration EAGER award. September 1 2013- August 31, 2016.
Ross Buck, Co-I with PI: Mohammed Kahn. Role of effective communication in trust-building: Application to Human-Computer Interaction. DOD/AFOSR: Air Force Office of Scientific Research. September 1 2015- September 29, 2018.