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Michelle Shiota

Lani.Shiota@asu.edu

Assoc Professor
Psychology
Faculty
Mail Code: 1104

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(480)727-8628

Bio

 

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology (Social), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Shiota attended Stanford University as an undergraduate, majoring in Communication. She worked as a teaching assistant in Stanford's Program in Human Biology, as a research assistant at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, and as a junior high science teacher before crossing the San Francisco Bay to begin UC Berkeley's doctoral program in Social/Personality Psychology. After completing her Ph.D in 2003, Dr. Shiota remained at Berkeley for post-doctoral training in the Berkeley Psychophysiology Lab. She joined the Social Psychology faculty at ASU in 2006, establishing the Shiota Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Testing (a.k.a. SPLAT Lab).  

Research Interests

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CHECK OUT THE SHIOTA PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY LAB (SPLAT LAB) WEB PAGE

My lab investigates several basic questions regarding emotion, using a multi-method approach that integrates physiological, behavioral, cognitive, narrative, and questionnaire measures of emotional experience and its implications for social interaction. Core themes of this research are:

POSITIVE EMOTION DIFFERENTIATION. Emotion researchers have long distinguished among several functionally distinct negative emotions, such as sadness, fear, and anger, but empirical research on potentially "discrete" positive emotions is more recent. My lab takes an evolutionary approach to defining multiple positive emotion constructs, and studies the extent of overlap and differentiation among these states. We use the proposed adaptive functions of each emotion as a basis for predicting various aspects of emotional responding, including profiles of autonomic nervous system reactivity, facial expressions, and implications for social cognition and behavior. 

AWE. A rich body of research suggests that positive emotions tend to increase our use of internal knowledge structures, such as stereotypes, heuristics, and schemas, in processing new information from the environment. Functional theories of awe, however, propose that this emotion has the opposite effect. Awe has been defined as the positive emotion one may experience when facing a stimulus that is unaccounted for by one's current knowledge. Awe should then promote cognitive and behavioral changes that facilitate taking in new information from the environment, or cognitive "accommodation," rather than relying on what one already knows to interpret the situation (cognitive "assimilation"). With funding from the Templeton Foundation we are now conducting a three-year program of research on the cognitive implications of awe.

EMOTION REGULATION. One of the great features of human psychology is the capacity to regulate our emotions - to use our attention and our thoughts to alter our feelings, and to control the way we express feelings to others. We regulate emotions using a wide range of strategies, some of which are more conducive to health and well-being than others. My lab is particularly interested in the use of positive emotions to regulate emotional experience in stressful or upsetting situations. Specific strategies include positive reppraisal, or thinking about positive aspects of upsetting situations as well as the negative aspects, and creating positive events, or making time for islands of healthy enjoyment in the midst of an ongoing stressor. We are also interested in the ways that people help each other to regulate their emotions - the co-regulation of emotion.

EMOTIONAL PROCESSES IN CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS. Although emotions can feel like intensely personal experiences, they are also profoundly important for our interactions with other people. We form impressions of new people, build and maintain close relationships, and coordinate dyadic and group action all with the help of emotions. My lab investigates some of the mechanisms by which emotions support close relationships. In a current study we are asking how shared emotion between close friends relates to behaviors while discussing one friend's current concerns and positive events, and how the presence of a close friend affects an individual's stress responding during a difficult task.

We review applications for new volunteer research assistants each semester, and I am accepting graduate student applications for Fall 2012.

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 550 Advanced Social Psychology

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 501 Supervised Teaching
PSY 600 Research Methods

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 550 Advanced Social Psychology
PSY 591 Seminar

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PSY 501 Supervised Teaching
PSY 590 Reading and Conference
PSY 592 Research
PSY 599 Thesis
PSY 600 Research Methods
PSY 790 Reading and Conference
PSY 792 Research
PSY 799 Dissertation

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PGS 498 Pro-Seminar
PGS 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 498 Pro-Seminar
PSY 591 Seminar

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 550 Advanced Social Psychology

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Shiota, Michelle Noelani, Kalat, J W. Emotion, 2nd Edition. Wadsworth/Cengage (2011).

  2. Griskevicius, V., Shiota, M. N., & Neufeld, S.. Influence of different positive emotions on persuasion processing: A functional evolutionary approach. Emotion (2010).

  3. Griskevicius, V., Shiota, M. N., & Nowlis, S. M.. The many shades of rose-colored glasses: Discrete positive emotions and product perception. Journal of Consumer Research (2010).

  4. Michelle Shiota, B Campos, G Gonzaga, D Keltner, K Peng. I love you but...: Cultural differences in emotional complexity during interaction with a romantic partner. Cognition and Emotion (2010).

  5. Oveis, C., Cohen, A. B., Gruber, J., Shiota, M. N., Haidt, J., & Keltner, D.. Resting respiratory sinus arrhythmia is associated with tonic positive emotionality. Emotion (2009).

  6. Shiota, M. N., & Levenson, R. W.. Effects of aging on experimentally instructed detached reappraisal, positive reappraisal, and emotional behavior suppression. Psychology and Aging (2009).

  7. Shiota, M. N., & Kenrick, D. T.. Music, lyrics, and dangerous things: A commentary on Kaschak & Maner. European Journal of Social Psychology (2009).

  8. Book chapter: Kenrick, D. T., & Shiota, M. N.. Approach and avoidance motivation(s): An evolutionary perspective. Handbook of Approach and Avoidance Motivation. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2008).

  9. Book chapter: Matsumoto, D., Keltner, D., Shiota, M. N., O'Sullivan, M., & Frank, M. G.. Facial Expressions of Emotion. Handbook of Emotions, 3rd Edition. Guilford (2008).

  10. G Bonnano, D Colak, D Keltner, Michelle Shiota, A Papa, J Noll, F Putnam, P Trickett. Context matters: The benefits and costs of expressing positive emotion when disclosing childhood sexual abuse. Emotion (2007).

  11. Michelle Shiota, D Keltner, A Mossman. The nautre of awe: Elicitors, appraisals, and effects on self-concept. Cognition and Emotion (2007).

  12. Michelle Shiota, R Levenson. Birds of a feather don't always fly farthest: Big Five personality similarity associated with more negative marital satisfaction trajectories in long-term marriages. Psychology and Aging (2007).

  13. Kalat, J W, Shiota, Michelle Noelani. Emotion. Thomson Wadsworth (2007).

  14. Michelle Shiota. Silver linings and candles in the dark: Differences among positive coping strategies in predicting subjective well-being. Emotion (2006).

  15. Michelle Shiota, D Keltner, O John. Positive Emotion Dispositions Differentially Associated With Big Five Personality and Attachment Style. Journal of Positive Psychology (2006).

  16. Book chapter: Keltner, D (Author) ,Haidt, J (Author) ,Shiota, Michelle Noelani (Author) . Social Functionalism and the Evolution of Emotions. Evolution and Social Psychology. Psychology Press (2006).

  17. Michelle Shiota, D Keltner. What do Emotion Words Represent?: A Commentary on Sabini & Silver. Psychological Inquiry (2005).

  18. Book chapter: Shiota, Michelle Noelani (Author) ,Campos, B (Author) ,Keltner, D (Author) ,Hertenstein, M J (Author) . Positive Emotion and the Regulation of Interpersonal Relationships. The Regulation of Emotion. Lawrence Erlbaum (2004).

  19. D Keltner, Michelle Shiota. New Displays and New Emotions: A Commentary on Rozin and Cohen. Emotion (2003).

  20. Michelle Shiota, B Campos, D Keltner. The Faces of Positive Emotion: Prototype Displays of Awe, Amusement, and Pride. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (2003).

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Presentations

  1. Shiota, M. N., Neufeld, S. L., Yeung, W. H., Moser, S., & Perea, E. F. Differential autonomic nervous system responding in five positive emotions. 2010 meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA. (May 2010).
  2. Neufeld, S. L., & Shiota, M. N. Emotion adjudication: The differing effects of positive emotions on the use of stereotype information in judging guilt. 2010 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV. (Jan 2010).
  3. Perea, E. F., & Shiota, M. N. Similarities and differences in men's and women's responding to stress: Physiology and concept accessibility. 2010 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV. (Jan 2010).
  4. Yeung, W. H., Perea, E. F., & Shiota, M. N. What makes your heart beat faster?: Cardiovascular stress reactivity, risk perception, and expected benefits. 2010 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV. (Jan 2010).
  5. Moser, S. E., Aiken, L. S., & Shiota, M. N. Experienced and anticipated emotions in decision-making: How you feel when considering a behavior influences how you think you will feel with the outcome. 2010 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV. (Jan 2010).
  6. Shiota, M. N. I know what I was feeling, but what was I thinking?: An evolutionary approach to studying positive emotions and cognition. 2010 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV. (Jan 2010).
  7. Shiota, M. N., & Levenson, R. W. Better together: Covariation between emotion valence and physiological reactivity across emotion regulation trials predicts psychological well-being. Society for Psychophysiological Research 2009 meeting, Berlin, Germany. (Oct 2009).
  8. Neufeld, S. L., & Shiota, M. N. Got guilt?: Situational factors affecting the experience and behavioral outcomes of guilt. 2009 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL. (Jan 2009).
  9. Yeung, W. H., & Shiota, M. N. Distinct positive emotions differentially predict dispositional creativity. 2009 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL. (Jan 2009).
  10. Moser, S. E., Aiken, L. S., & Shiota, M. N. The role of conflicting anticipated emotions in behavior: A mediation analysis approach. 2009 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL. (Jan 2009).
  11. Shiota, M. N. You gotta keep ‘em separated: An evolutionary approach to defining and studying the positive emotions.. Evolutionary Psychology preconference, Society for Personality and Social Psychology 2009. (Jan 2009).
  12. Neufeld, S. N., Moser, S. E., Yeung, W. H., & Shiota, M. N. PhysioAWElogy: Awe and the autonomic nervous system. Annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiology Research. (Oct 2008).
  13. Moser, S. E., Neufeld, S., Yeung, W. H., & Shiota, M. N. Physiological response to nurturant love stimuli. Annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiology Research. (Oct 2008).
  14. Yeung, W. H., Neufeld, S. L., Moser, S. E., & Shiota, M. N. Spark of life: Autonomic nervous system aspects of anticipatory enthusiasm. Annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiology Research. (Oct 2008).
  15. Neufeld, S. L., True, M., Shiota, M. N., & Levenson, R. W. One size doesn't fit all: Effectiveness of reappraisal-based emotion regulation declines with age. Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. (Feb 2008).
  16. True, M., Neufeld, S. L., & Shiota, M. N. A better fit: Situation selection and modification as effective emotion regulation strategies for aging adults. Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. (Feb 2008).
  17. Shiota, M. N., & Levenson, R. W. Staying in the game: Positive reappraisal and the benefits of emotional engagement. Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. (Feb 2008).
  18. Holley, S. R., Shiota, M. N., & Levenson, R. W. Personality similarity predicts more negative marital satisfaction trajectories in long-term marriages. Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. (Feb 2008).
  19. Shiota, Michelle I feel good: A differentiated approach to dispositional positive affect, or "Why James Brown should have been more specific.". Personality Psychology colloquium. (Mar 2004).
  20. Shiota, Michelle Compassion: Issues in measurement and laboratory elicitation. Compassion: Conceptualization and Measurement, sponsored by the Cultivating Emotional Balance Project. (Feb 2004).
  21. Shiota, Michelle, Cohen, A, Keltner, D, Pierce, J The Many Flavors of Happiness: Varying relationships among demographics, life satisfaction, and discrete positive affect dispositions. 2004 meeting of the Association of Research in Personality.
  22. Shiota, Michelle, Levenson, R Sex Differences in Relationships Among Arousal, Affect, and Neuroticism. 2004 meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
  23. Shiota, Michelle, Keltner, D Beauty and Awe: Exploring and Differentiating Aesthetic Emotion. 2001 convention of the Western Psychological Association.
  24. Shiota, Michelle, Keltner, D Status, Power, Sex, and the Interpretation of Ambiguous Messages. 2001 convention of the Western Psychological Association.
  25. Shiota, Michelle, Maslach, C Predictors of Sexual Coercion in Narrative 'Date Scenario' Completions. 2001 convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
  26. Shiota, Michelle Cognitive Processing Associated with Amusement vs. Awe: Beyond Valence II. 2003 convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
  27. Shiota, Michelle, Keltner, D, John, O Dispositional Positive Emotions Associated with Anxious and Avoidant Adult Attachment Styles: A Case for Differentiation. 2005 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Research.
  28. Shiota, Michelle, Keltner, D Evidence for a Discrete Emotion Approach to Trait Positive Affect. 2002 convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
  29. Campos, B, Shiota, Michelle, Gonzaga, G, Keltner, D, Peng, K Dialecticism and Emotion: Cultural Differences in Emotional Complexity During Interaction with a Romantic Partner. 2006 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
  30. Shiota, Michelle, Levenson, R Age and Sex Moderate Relationship Between Physiological "Linkage" and Trajectory of Marital Satisfaction. 2006 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
  31. Neufeld, Samantha, Shiota, Michelle, Levenson, Robert Age differences in the relationship between emotional experience and physiological arousal. Society for Psychophysiology Research.
  32. Perea, Elaine, Shiota, Michelle, Levenson, Robert Emotion is good!: Psychological well-being predicts heightened cardiovascular response to another's distress. Society for Psychophysiology Research.
  33. True, Maren, Shiota, Michelle, Levenson, Robert What is reappraisal?: A psychophysiological look at sex differences in cognition-based emotion regulation. Society for Psychophysiology Research.

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Shiota,Michelle Noelani * . The Beginning of Wisdom: Implications of Awe for Cognitive Processing of the Unknown. TEMPLETON (JOHN) FDN (9/1/2011 - 8/31/2014).
  2. Sandler,Irwin Noah * , Ayers,Tim S , Johnson,William G , Luecken,Linda J , Shiota,Michelle Noelani , Tein,Jenn-Yun , Wolchik,Sharlene , . Impact of the Family Bereavement Program Fifteen Years Later Executive Level I Acct (Old Cap). HHS-NIH-NIMH (8/15/2010 - 3/31/2015).

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Service

  1. Society for Personality and Social Psychology - Emotion Preconference, Co-Chair (2009 - 2011)
  2. Social Psychology graduate student admissions committee, Chair (2010)
  3. Faculty Evaluation Committee, Department of Psychology, member (2008 - 2009)
  4. Society for Psychophysiology Research, 2009 annual meeting Program Committee Member (2009)
  5. Social Psychology Area graduate student admissions committee, Member (2009)
  6. Search Committee, open position with quantitative focus, Dept. of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, Member (2000 - 2001)

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