Wendy Berry Mendes, University of California San Francisco
Affect contagion: How stress and emotions are caught by strangers and close others
Wendy Berry Mendes is the Sarlo/Ekman Associate Professor of Emotion at UC San Francisco. She obtained a Ph.D. in social psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 2003 and then completed a post-doctoral training program in psychology and medicine at UCSF. In 2004, she became an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard University and was promoted to associate professor in 2008. She accepted her current position at UCSF in 2010. Her research questions sit at the intersection of social, personality and biological psychology, and primarily concern questions regarding embodiment – how emotions, thoughts, and intentions are experienced in the body and how bodily responses shape and influence thoughts, behavior and emotions.
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