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1 Sherri Widen 1 Sherri Widen, Ph.D. Department of Psychology Boston College 301 McGuinn Hall Phone: Commonwealth Ave. Chestnut Hill, MA Website: www2.bc.edu/~widensh Education & Training Present Research Associate, Emotion Development Lab, Boston College Post-Doctoral Fellow, Emotion Development Lab, Boston College Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Boston College Dissertation title: Preschoolers Use of Emotion Labels and Understanding of Emotion Categories Advisor: James A. Russell, Ph.D M. A., Developmental Psychology, University of British Columbia Thesis title: The Developmental Course of Children s Free-Labeling Responses to Facial Expressions Advisor: James A. Russell, Ph.D B. A., Psychology, University of British Columbia Grants and Distinctions 2010 Co-PI (with James A. Russell) on NSF grant awarded September 2010 (3 years). Research funding for program of research on children s understanding of emotion. Title: Scripts: Children s Understanding of Emotion year post-doctoral fellowship, Boston College Key collaborator on NSF grant (P.I.: James A. Russell) awarded June Research funding for program of research on children s understanding of emotion. Title: Children's Understanding of Emotion Graduate student stipend, Boston College Tuition scholarship, Boston College 2001 Research grant, University of British Columbia Graduate student stipend, University of British Columbia 1997 Graduate student stipend, York University Departmental Service Greater Faculty Committee, Chair. Committee s mission is to integrate adjunct professors and post-doctoral fellows into the department.

2 Sherri Widen Subject Pool Committee. Committee determines the number of course participation credits students are required to do, and how many credits each department lab may have each semester Department Website Committee. Committee made decisions about the content and appearance of the new department webpage Graduate Research Day Committee, Department of Psychology, Boston College,. Initiated, organized, and coordinated the annual department Graduate Research conference Colloquium Committee, Department of Psychology, Boston College. Helped to select and invite colloquium speakers, and to organize their visits Psychology Graduate Student Council, University of British Columbia. Participated in the student council, and took responsibility colloquia preparations. Publications Google Scholar Citations: h-index: 10; Citations: 462 (updated March 2013) In press Kayyal, M. H. & Widen, S. C. (in press). Monsters and growling dogs: a dual-source theory of the child s concept of fear. Psychological Topics. Widen, S. C., Pochedly, J. T., Pieloch, K., & Russell, J. A. (in press). Introducing the sick face. Motivation & Emotion. doi: /s Kayyal, M. H., Widen, S. C., & Russell, J. A. (in press). What made Sahar scared?: Imaginary and realistic causes in Palestinian and American children. Cognition and Culture Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2013). Children s recognition of disgust in others. Psychological Bulletin, 139, doi: /a Widen, S. C. (2013). Children s interpretation of facial expressions: the long path from valence-based to specific discrete categories. Emotion Review, 5, doi: / Yik, M., Widen, S. C., & Russell, J. A. (2013). The within-subject design in the study of facial expressions. Cognition & Emotion. Advanced online publication. doi: /

3 Sherri Widen 3 Pochedly, J. T., Widen, S. C., & Russell J. A. (2012). What emotion does the facial expression of disgust express? Emotion. Advanced online publication. doi: /a Widen, S. C. & Naab, P. (2012). Can an anger face also be scared? malleability of facial expressions. Emotion. Advanced online publication. doi: /a Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2011). In building a script for an emotion, do preschoolers add its cause before its behavior consequence? Social Development, 20, DOI: /j x Widen, S. C., Christy, A. M., Hewett, K., & Russell, J. A. (2011). Do proposed facial expressions of contempt, shame, embarrassment, and sympathy communicate the predicted emotion? Cognition and Emotion, 25, DOI: / Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2010). Differentiation in preschoolers categories for emotion. Emotion, 10, DOI: /a Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2010). The disgust face conveys anger to children. Emotion, 10, DOI: /a Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2010). Children s scripts for social emotions: Causes and consequences are more central than are facial expressions. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 28, DOI: / X457550d Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2010). Descriptive and prescriptive definitions of emotion. Emotion Review, 2, DOI: / Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2008). Children s and adults understanding of the disgust face. Cognition and Emotion, 22, DOI: / Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2008). Young children's understanding of other's emotions. In M. Lewis, J. M. Haviland-Jones (Eds.), Handbook of emotions (pp ). New York, NY: Guilford. Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2008). Children acquire emotion categories gradually. Cognitive Development, 23, DOI: /j.cogdev Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2004). The relative power of an emotion s facial expression, label, and behavioral consequences to evoke preschoolers knowledge of its cause. Cognitive Development, 19, DOI: /j.cogdev

4 Sherri Widen Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2003). A closer look at preschoolers freely produced labels for facial expressions. Developmental Psychology, 39, DOI: / Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2002). Gender and preschoolers perception of emotion. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 48, DOI: /mpq Russell, J. A. & Widen, S. C. (2002a). Words versus faces in evoking children s knowledge of the causes of emotions. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 26, DOI: / Russell, J. A. & Widen, S. C. (2002b). A Label Superiority Effect in children s categorization of facial expressions. Social Development, 11, DOI: / Submitted for Publication Widen, S. C. (2013). Do Preschoolers understand filial love as a persisting emotion? Cognitive Development, invited resubmission.widen, S. C. & Nelson, N. L. (2013). Development of the recognition of pride in others. Manuscript submitted. Widen, S. C. (2013). Preschoolers interpretation of emotion, texture, and novel labels: an emotion bias. Manuscript submitted. Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2013). Do dynamic facial expressions communicate emotions to children better than do still expressions? Manuscript submitted. Widen, S. C., Williams, M., & Nelson, N. L. (2013). The contempt face expresses cognition, not contempt. Manuscript submitted. In Preparation Widen, S. C., Gallucci, J., Acevedo, L., & Russell, J. A. (2012). Body posture and contextual information are stronger cues to emotion than facial expression. Manuscript in preparation. Trauffer, N., Widen, S. C., & Russell, J. A. (2012). Effect of college education on recognition of prototypical facial expressions of basic emotions. Manuscript in preparation. Nelson, N. L. & Widen, S. C. (2012). The development of preschoolers theory of mind and emotion understanding. Manuscript in preparation.

5 Sherri Widen 5 Conference Presentations Invited Speaker Widen, S. C. (2012). Children s Understanding of Disgust. Invited talk at the Evolution of Disgust Conference at the ZiF Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld, Germany. Symposia & Papers Widen, S. C., (organizer) Nelson, N. L., & Kayyal, M. H. (2013). Finding Better Measures of Children?s Emotion Understanding: Fear, Disgust, and Pride. Symposium presented at SRCD, Seattle, WA. Widen, S. C., Nelson, N. L., & Kayyal, M. H. (2013). Emotional expressions are universally recognized (except when they aren t): Evidence from developmental, crosscultural and clinical populations. Symposium presented at the 14 th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA. Widen, S. C. (organizer), Nelson, N. L., & Kayyal, M. H. (2012). The effect of context on emotion judgments: From preschool to adulthood. Symposium presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, ON. Nelson, N. L., Widen, S. C., & Vanessa Castro (2011). Facial Expressions and Beyond: Children s Understanding of Emotion Expressions Includes Multiple Components. Symposium presented at SRCD, Montreal, QC. Widen, S. C. (organizer), Nelson, N. L., & Mondloch, C. J. (2010). The Effect of Context on Children s Attribution of Emotion to Facial Expressions. Symposium presented at the Conference on Human Development, New York City, NY. Widen, S. C. (organizer), Danovitch, J., & Mumme, D. (2007). Children s Understanding of Disgust: Expression, Elicitors, Contamination. Symposium presented at the 2007 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA. Widen, S. C. (organizer), Larivier, L. A., & Guttentag, R. (2005). Piecemeal or wholesale: How do children acquire emotion concepts? Symposium presented at the 17th Annual American Psychological Society Convention, Los Angeles, CA. Widen, S. C. (2003). Free labeling of emotions by two- and three-year-olds: A face superiority effect. Presented at the Second Annual Graduate Research Day, Boston College. Widen, S. C. (2002). Preschoolers interpretation of emotional facial expressions: A closer look at the free labeling task. Presented at the First Annual Graduate Research Day, Boston College. Widen, S. C. (2002). Differentiation model of children s understanding of emotion.

6 Sherri Widen 6 Presented at the Boston Emotion Research Lab. Selected Posters Pochedly, J. T., Widen, S. C., & Russell J. A. (2012). A Sad Expression Is Labeled as Either Sad or Disgusted Depending on the Expressions Viewed Before It. Poster presented at the 2013 Emotion Pre-Conference to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA. Pochedly, J. T., Widen, S. C., & Russell J. A. (2012). What Emotion Does the Facial Expression of Disgust Express? Presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, San Diego, CA. Nelson, N. L. & Widen, S. C. (2011). Theory of Mind Development Predicts Preschoolers Use of Belief Words in Reasoning about Emotions. Presented at the Cognitive Development Society Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Widen, S.C., & Russell, J.A. (2011). Are Good Boys Happy Victimizers? Children s Attributions of Emotion to Good- vs. Bad-Boys Following an Immoral Behavior. Presented at SRCD, Montreal, QC. Kayyal, M. H., Widen, S. C. & Russell, J.A. (2010). Palestinian and American Children s Understanding of Fear. Presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Emotion Preconference, Las Vegas, NV. Widen, S.C., Christy, A. M., & Russell, J.A. (2009). Raising Questions about the Recognition of New Universally Recognized Facial Expressions. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science Conference, San Francisco, CA. Widen, S.C., & Russell, J.A. (2009). Do Children Understand that Parental Love Persists When the Child is Angry? Presented at SRCD, Denver, CO. Widen, S.C. & Russell, J.A. (2008). Children s Descriptions of the Causes and Consequences of Disgust Facial Expressions. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science Conference, Chicago, IL. Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2007). Fantasy vs. Reality: Young Children s Understanding of Fear. Poster presented at the 19 th Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, Washington, DC. Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2007). Children s Understanding of Scripts for Basic-Level vs. Social Emotions. Poster presented at the 2007 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA. Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2006). Children s Understanding of Anger and Disgust: Confusions or Overlapping Categories? Poster presented at the International Society for Research on Emotions Conference, Atlanta, Naab, P., Widen, S. C., Christy, A. M.,º & Russell, J. A. (2006). Gender stereotypes influence emotion attribution despite clear cues to emotion. Poster presented at

7 Sherri Widen 7 the 18 th Annual American Psychological Society Convention, New York, NY. Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2005). Do young children understand love as persisting? Presented at the 17th Annual American Psychological Society Convention, Los Angeles, CA. Widen, S. C., Russell, J. A., & Brooks, A. (2004). Anger and disgust: Discrete or overlapping categories? Presented at the 16 th Annual American Psychological Society Convention, Chicago, IL. Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2004). Preschoolers acquire emotion categories gradually. Presented at the 18 th Biennial Conference on Human Development (2004), Washington, DC. Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (2002). Preschoolers interpretation of emotional facial expressions: A closer look at the free labeling task. Presented at the XII Conference of the International Society for Research on Emotion (2002), Cuenca, Spain. Russell, J. A. & Widen, S. C. (2000). Centrality of words versus facial expressions in children's conception of emotion. Presented at the Jean Piaget Society Conference (2000), Montreal, QC. Widen, S. C. & Russell, J. A. (1999). Words vs. facial expressions in children's categorization of emotions. Presented at American Psychological Association Conference (1999), Boston, MA. Teaching Spring 2013, Fall 2010 Instructor, Social Psychology, Boston College. Topics include behavior of individuals in social contexts (including social cognition, attitude formation and change, individual and group decision making, the self, prejudice, conformity, close relationships, helping) Instructor, Developmental Psychology, Boston College Topics include developmental stages from infancy to adolescence, cognitive, social, emotional, moral, and self development. Summer 2005 Spring, 2010, Spring, 2005 Spring 2004, Spring 2003 Instructor, Social and Emotional Development, Boston College. Topics include infant emotion recognition, attachment theory, children s emotion understanding, and adolescent risk behavior and suicide. Instructor, Culture and Emotion, Boston College. Topics include emotion theories and the role of culture in the experience of emotion. Co-Instructor (with Dr. James Russell), Culture and Emotion, Boston College.

8 Sherri Widen 8 Fall 2003, Guest lecturer, Introductory Psychology, Boston College. Fall 2002 Introduction to the psychology of emotions to 2001 Guest lecturer, Memory, University of British Columbia. Three-lecture series on the development of infant memory and the nature of infant amnesia to 2001 Guest lecturer, Human Emotion, University of British Columbia. Lectures included a series on children s understanding and experience of emotion, a series on cultural influences on emotion, and a series on romantic love. Teacher Training 2007 Attended the 2 nd SRCD Biennial Developmental Science Teaching Institute. Sessions included use of life story narrative in teaching, using stories from our own research experiences and stories about others research to help capture students interest Attended the 1 st SRCD Biennial Developmental Science Teaching Institute. Sessions included better use of PowerPoint in lectures, new paradigm for teaching Piaget, brain development and plasticity. Ad Hoc Reviewer British Journal of Developmental Psychology Child Development Cognition & Emotion Cognitive Development Developmental Psychology Emotion Emotion Review European Review of Applied Psychology Infant and Child development Journal of Experimental Child Psychology Journal of Nonverbal Behavior Merrill-Palmer Quarterly Psychonomic Bulletin & Review Sex Roles Social Development Professional Organizations Member, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, since 2010 Member, American Psychological Society, since 2002 Member, International Society for Research on Emotions, since 2003 Member, Society for Research in Child Development, since 2004 Member, Jean Piaget Society, since 2004 Member, Cognitive Development Society, since 2007