“My research focuses on facial expression and everyday conceptions of emotion. In the case of facial expression, I am interested in the role of context and the description of spontaneous expressions of emotion. In the case of everyday knowledge of the emotions, I am interested in the concepts of emotion in different cultures, as well as their interaction with social norms and motives. The two topics are certainly closely related, and link in with other, fascinating research issues, such as feelings of justice and injustice, and indeed moral behaviour in general.”
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Pilar Carrera Levillain is a Doctor in Social Psychology and Associate Professor in the Department of Social Psychology and Methodology at the Autónoma University of Madrid. The principal research lines on which she works include emotional experience, emotional facial expression, emotions and culture, prosocial behaviour and emotional processes, and risk behaviours and emotions.
Amparo Caballero is a Doctor in Social Psychology and a Associate Professor in the Department of Social Psychology at the Autónoma University of Madrid. The main theme of her research has been the contribution of the emotions to the explanation and prediction of risk behaviours in young people and adolescents.
Luis Oceja Fernández is Associate Professor of the Department of Social Psychology in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. His interests as researcher are focused on the study of the antecedents and consequents of (a) normative compliance, (b) mixed emotions, and (c) social motives.
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Dolores Muñoz Cáceres is a Doctor in Social Psychology and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Psychology and Methodology at the Autónoma University of Madrid. Her research interest is focused on mixed emotions and their relations with behaviours involving health risks and environmental impact.
Itziar Fernández Sedano
Itziar Fernández Sedano obtained her doctorate in Psychology from the University of the Basque Country in 2001. She has participated in various cross-cultural research projects on attitudes, self-concepts and emotion. In 2006 her work “Psychosocial factors and perceived risk: driving in road tunnels” won the national AIRCR road safety award. She currently lectures in Social Psychology and Community Psychology (Social Work Diploma) at Spain’s Open University (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia), having previously taught at the University of Jaén. Her scientific interests include cross-cultural research on emotions and psychosocial intervention in disasters and risk situations, topics on which she has published several articles in specialist journals.
Pilar Aguilar Barriga is a research intern in the Department of Social Psychology at the Autónoma University of Madrid. Her research interests are mainly in the field of justice, focusing in particular on procedural justice.
Belén López is graduated in Psychology from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2008). She is currently studying a Ph. D. Program in Social Psychology in this university. Her research interests focus on: emotional education, development of dispositional measures and vicarious emotions such us empathy and personal distress.
Tamara Ambrona Benito, is graduated in Psychology from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2008). In this moment she is studying her PhD Program called “Social and organizational behavior” at the same University. She has developed her research contributing to the Department of Social Psychology through her assistance to congresses, development of articles and her labor in projects of research: “Characterization of the emotional experience” and “Analysis of the experiences and complex emotions “. Her research is focused on Social Motives through the study of presentation of the victims and the social dilemmas.