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Friedman, Howard S
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
My research focuses on two main fields. The first area of focus is health psychology. We study the role of psychosocial factors in health and health care, with an emphasis on emotional response patterns. For example, we study the emotional patterns that affect the development or progression of heart disease. Attention is also given to health promotion and disease prevention efforts. Current research includes a major longitudinal study of personality, temperament, stress, and longevity. The second area concerns face-to-face social interaction and emotional expression. Theories concerning the feeling, expression, and spread of emotion are examined through both experimental and observational studies of nonverbal communication. For example, certain people seem to have a dramatic expressive style often termed "charismatic." These people have a distinct personality and find it easy to be liked by and to influence others.
2007 Association for Psychological Science, James McKeen Cattell Fellow
Health psychology; social and personality psychology Longitudinal and intervention research in health psychology Longevity (life-span predictors); Emotional expression; charismatic influence
Friedman, H.S. & Booth-Kewley, S. The "disease-prone personality": A meta-analytic view of the construct. American Psychologist, 1987, 42, 539-555.