Professor Larsen’s research focuses on personality and emotion, with an emphasis on understanding why people differ from each other in terms of emotions, including daily moods, reactions to pleasant and unpleasant events, and emotional variability, and other specific emotions like happiness, life satisfaction, and attraction. He also studies how people manage their emotions both in laboratory studies and in studies of daily life. His more recent research explores how emotions influence cognition, for example, perceptual thresholds for identifying emotional stimuli, attentional capture by emotional stimuli, and how emotions influence memory.
- Larsen, R. J., & Buss, D. M. (2010). Personality psychology: Domains of knowledge about human nature (4th Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill.
- Newman, L. C. & Larsen, R. J. (2010). Taking Sides: Clashing views in Personality Psychology . New York: McGraw-Hill.
- Eid, M., & Larsen, R. J. (2007). The science of subjective well-being. New York: Guilford.
- Augustine, A. A., Mehl, M. R., & Larsen, R. J. (in press) A positivity bias in written and spoken English, and its moderation by personality and gender. Social Psychological and Personality Science,
- Augustine, A. A, & Larsen, R. (in press). Studies of emotion in daily life. In M. R. Mehl & T. S. Conner (eds.) Handbook of research methods for studying daily life. New York: Guilford Press.
- Larsen, R. J., Augustine, A. A., & Prizmic, Z. (2009). A process approach to emotion and personality: Using time as a facet of data. Cognition and Emotion, 23, 1407-1426.
- Augustine, A. A., Larsen, R. J., Walker, M. S., & Fisher, E. B. (2008). Personality predictors of the time course for lung cancer onset. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 1448-1455.
- Larsen, R. J., Mercer, K. A., Balota, D. A. & Strube, M. J. (2008). Not all negative words slow down lexical decision and naming speed: Importance of word arousal. Emotion, 8, 445-452.
- Larsen, R. J., & Prizmic, Z. (2007). The regulation of emotional well-being: Overcoming the hedonic treadmill. In M. Eid and R. J. Larsen (Eds.), The science of subjective well-being (pp. 258-289). New York: Guilford.
- Duchek, J. M., Balota, D. A., Storandt, M., & Larsen, R. J. (2007). The power of personality in discriminating between healthy aging and early stage Alzheimer’s Disease. Journal of Gereontology, 62B, 353-361.
- Larsen, R. J. (2004). Emotion and cognition: The case of automatic vigilance, Psychological Science Agenda, 18(11). Retrieved from
- Psy 105: Psychology of Young Adulthood
- Psy 353: Psychology of Personality
- Psy 367: Seminar on Positive Psychchology