Dr. Gruber has a passion for teaching the science of human emotion, happiness and psychopathology. She regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on these topics, and enjoys disseminating the study of affective science outside of the classroom, and has directed the Experts in Emotion Interview Series, created a freely available online course in Human Emotion. More details are below.
This course will introduce students to a diverse array of theoretical and empirical issues related to the study of human emotion. Some questions the course will address include: What are our emotions? What purpose do they serve? How do emotions relate to our thoughts, memories, and behaviors towards others? What happens when our emotional responses go awry? Although these questions date back to early philosophical texts, only recently have experimental psychologists begun to explore this vast and exciting domain of study. The course will begin by discussing the evolutionary origins of distinct emotions such as love, anger, fear, and disgust. We will ask how emotions might color our cognitive processes such as thinking and memory, the relationship between emotions and the brain, development of emotions in childhood, and how emotions shape our social relationships. We will also consider how these methods can be applied to studying mental illness in both children and adults. We conclude by studying the pursuit of happiness and well-being, trying to understand what makes us happy.
» Summer 2016, University of Colorado Boulder [Course Website]
» Spring 2016, University of Colorado Boulder [Course Website]
» Summer 2015, University of Colorado Boulder [Course Website]
» Spring 2015, University of Colorado Boulder [Course Website]
» Summer 2014, Yale University (Online) [Course Website]
» Fall 2013, Yale University [Course Website]
» Fall 2012, Yale University [Course Website]
» Summer 2013, Yale University (Online) [YouTube Playlist] [Course Website]
» Spring 2010, Yale University [Course Website]
The EIE Series provides a unique opportunity to explore the mysteries of human emotion guided by some of the world's foremost experts on the subject, ranging from distinguished academics to leading figures behind social media services like Facebook. In addition to tackling central questions such as what emotions are, why we have them, and how our understanding of them can lead to happier and healthier lives. You'll also hear first-hand about what first led these key players to study emotion and what they see as the most exciting frontiers ahead. The Expert in Emotion Interview series is part of a broader educational mission to share the study of human emotion beyond the walls of the classroom, to reach students and teachers alike, both locally and globally, through the use of technology.
How can we scientifically measure and study happiness? How can we distinguish happiness from other emotion states? The goal of this course is to provide students with hands-on laboratory experience in data acquisition, experimental design, computerized software to score and analyze data, learn scientific writing, and current research techniques in happiness and human emotion. Topics to be included are: overview of general research methods, paradigm development, generating and testing hypotheses, psychophysiology (cardiac, impedance, vascular, electrodermal), behavioral observation and coding (electromyography, FACS), and self-report assessment instruments (questionnaires, experience-sampling, narrative). Students will learn experimental design, acquire data, perform analyses in SPSS, as well as write and orally present final research projects. Course includes weekly lecture and hands-on laboratory sessions. Additional textbook and journal article readings, videos, and interactive laboratory exercises are included.
This seminar is a core graduate course on affective science. Emotion is a fascinating, new, and interdisciplinary field with many empirical questions it spans. Some questions the course will address include: What are emotions, and how do they differ from moods, feelings and cognitions? What is their functional role in our daily life? Although these questions date back to early philosophical texts, only recently have scientists employed rigorous experimental methods to explore the vast and exciting field of affective science. Topics covered in the course include addressing definitional issues in emotion, the role of cognitive processes such as thinking, memory and attention on emotion states, physiological (autonomic, neural, genetic) aspects of emotion responding; emotion regulation and control; social relationships and emotion dynamics; cultural shaping of emotion experience and expression; development trajectories of emotion from early to late life; disorders of emotion in psychopathology; and discussions of emotional well-being and happiness. Class is discussion based. Active attendance and participation are required.
Emotions are powerful processes that enable us to adaptively respond to life's triumphs and challenges. When emotional responses go awry, however, they can result in substantial distress and impairment. Indeed, problematic emotional responses are central to many psychological disorders. Precisely how emotion-related problems contribute to different psychological disorders remains a crucial question. This laboratory course will focus on understanding the role of emotion in psychopathology and also how psychopathology alters emotion, with a particular interest in positive emotion. Students will gain exposure to current literature as well as hands-on experience applying the major methods of affective science (e.g., psychophysiology, behavioral coding, and self-report indices of emotion functioning) to the study of psychopathology. Lab meetings meet once a week for 1 hour and are attended by professor, graduate students and undergraduates. Topics change weekly but include discussing current articles, reviewing clinical diagnostic issues, presenting research ideas for group feedback, reviewing progress on lab projects, and discussion of professional issues.
Emotion & Psychopathology Research Topics
» Spring 2014, Yale University [Lab Website]
» Fall 2013, Yale University [Lab Website]
» Spring 2013, Yale University [Lab Website]
» Fall 2012, Yale University [Lab Website]
» Spring 2012, Yale University [Lab Website]
» Fall 2011, Yale University [Lab Website]
» Spring 2011, Yale University [Lab Website]
» Fall 2010, Yale University [Lab Website]
» Spring 2010, Yale University [Lab Website]
» Fall 2009, Yale University [Lab Website]
This course will provide an introduction to and overview of the field of clinical psychology, with particular emphasis on (1) scientific methods used to study clinical phenomena; (2) the etiology of different disorders; (3) assessment of dysfunction; and (4) psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic intervention. Throughout the course, you will be exposed to various theories underlying abnormal behavior and how to treat it. This course also aims to enhance your compassion for those diagnosed with mental illness and sharpen your curiosity about the study of abnormal mental phenomena.
» Summer 2007, UC Berkeley [Course Website]
» Spring 2004, UC Berkeley
This course will survey the scientific study of human mental life and processes that underlie our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Introduction to Psychology
» Fall 2005, UC Berkeley
» Fall 2004, UC Berkeley
» Fall 2003, UC Berkeley