Emotion Communication Lab


The Emotion Communication Laboratory does research on the role of emotion in communication, including studying relationships between emotional arousal, experience, expression, and communication.

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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.