Ursula Hess (psychologist)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ursula Hess (13 August 1960 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany) is a German psychologist who teaches at the Humboldt-University of Berlin as Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the Department of Psychology.[1]


Hess received a Diploma in psychology (MA equivalent) from the Justus-Liebig University in 1986 and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Dartmouth College in 1989.


From 1989 to 1992, Hess was a post-doctoral researcher (Maître Assistant) at the University of Geneva. In 1992, Hess began a professorship at the University of Quebec at Montreal, where she was promoted to Full Professor in 2000.[2] She is currently Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the Department of Psychology at the Humboldt-University of Berlin[1]

She was elected President of the Society for Psychophysiological Research in 2017.[3]

Her research focuses the communication of emotions. In particular, the social factors that influence this process such as gender[4][5] and intergroup relations.[6][7][8] One line of research investigates the role of facial mimicry, i.e. the imitation of the emotion expressions of others, for successful emotion communication.[9] Another line of research on social context influences focuses on the social signal function of emotions.[10][11] Specifically, on the information about the person or the context that people can infer from the emotional reactions of others[12][13] as well as the impact of explicit context information on this process.[14] Both lines of research include research on cross-cultural emotion communication.

Some of this work was done in collaboration with Shlomo Hareli.[11][13][14]


  1. ^ a b psycho_adm. "Prof. Dr. Ursula Hess — Institut für Psychologie". www.psychologie.hu-berlin.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  2. ^ "UQAM | Département de psychologie | Tous les professeurs". psychologie.uqam.ca (in French). Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  3. ^ "Officers, Board Members and Staff". Society for Psychophysiological Research. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  4. ^ Hess, Ursula; Adams, Reginald B.; Kleck, Robert E. (2009-12-12). "The face is not an empty canvas: how facial expressions interact with facial appearance". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences. 364 (1535): 3497–3504. doi:10.1098/rstb.2009.0165. ISSN 0962-8436. PMC 2781893. PMID 19884144.
  5. ^ Hess, U. (2015). Introduction: Gender and Emotion. Emotion Review, 7, 4-4. doi:10.1177/1754073914544578
  6. ^ "Group dynamics and emotional expression | Social psychology". Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  7. ^ Hess, U. & Adams, R. B., Jr., Kleck, R. E. (2009). Intergroup misunderstandings in emotion communication. In: Demoulin, S., Leyens, J.-P., Dovidio, J. F. (Eds.), Intergroup misunderstandings: Impact of divergent social realities (pp. 85-100). Psychology Press. ISBN 9781848728035
  8. ^ Hess, Ursula; Fischer, Agneta (2017-09-26). "The Role of Emotional Mimicry in Intergroup Relations". The Role of Emotional Mimicry in Intergroup Relations. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.433. ISBN 9780190228613.
  9. ^ Hess, U. & Fischer, A. (2013). Emotional mimicry as social regulation. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 17, 142-157. DOI: 10.1177/1088868312472607
  10. ^ Fischer, Agneta; Hess, Ursula (2017-10-01). "Mimicking emotions". Current Opinion in Psychology. 17: 151–155. doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.07.008. ISSN 2352-250X. PMID 28950963. S2CID 40317456.
  11. ^ a b Hareli, S. & Hess, U. (2012). The social signal value of emotion. Cognition & Emotion, 26, 385-389. doi:10.1080/02699931.2012.665029
  12. ^ Hess, U. & Hareli, S. (2018). On the malleability of the meaning of contexts: The influence of another person's emotion expressions on situation perception. Cognition and Emotion, 32, 185-191. doi:10.1080/02699931.2016.1269725
  13. ^ a b Hareli, S. & Hess, U. (2010). What emotional reactions can tell us about the nature of others: An appraisal perspective on person perception. Cognition and Emotion, 24, 128-140. doi:10.1080/02699930802613828
  14. ^ a b Hess, U., & Hareli, S. (2017). The social signal value of emotions: The role of contextual factors in social inferences drawn from emotion displays (pp. 375-392). In J. Russell & J.-M. Fernandez-Dols (Eds.), The Science of Facial Expression. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190613501

External links[edit]