Computational Modeling of Appraisal Theory of Emotion

Klaus Scherer

Institution : University of Geneva
Department : Department of Psychology

General Information

Klaus Scherer is a Professor emeritus at the University of Geneva. He founded and directed the Centre Interfacultaire en Science Affectives and the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences.


Klaus Scherer, born in 1943, studied economics and social sciences at the University of Cologne and the London School of Econom­ics. Following his postgraduate studies in psychology, he obtained a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1970. After teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and the University of Kiel, Germany, he was appointed, in 1973, full professor of social psychology at the University of Giessen, Germany. From1985 to 2008, Klaus Scherer was full professor of psychology at the University of Ge­neva, Switzerland, where he has founded and directed the Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives as well as the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (a Swiss National Center of Competence in Research). He is now Professor emeritus at the University of Geneva. His research activities focus on emotion, guided by his Component Process Model of emotion (CPM). For over 40 years, research programs fi­nanced by granting agencies and private foundations in the USA, Germany, Switzerland, and the European Union (including participation in several Networks of Excellence), are directed at the study of the effects (and the underlying neurophysiological mechanisms) of cognitive evaluations of emotion-eliciting events, on facial and vocal emotion expression, and on the nature of emotional feelings and their categorization and labeling. Scherer reported this work in numerous publications in the form of monographs, contributed chapters, and papers in international journals. He edited several collected volumes and handbooks and co-edits the "Affective Science Series" for Oxford University Press. He is a founding co-editor of the journal Emotion. He is a co-founder of the Coordination Européenne en Recherche sur les Emotions (CERE) and of the International Society of Reserach on Emotion (ISRE). Klaus Scherer is a member of several in­ternational scientific societies and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Psychological Science and the Acoustical Society of America. He was an invited professor at Stanford, Berkeley, the University of Zurich, and EHESS Paris. He has been elected member of the Academia Europea, honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Bologna and the University of Bonn and has been appointed  honorary professor at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich.

Current Research

Klaus Scherer's current research interests concern the further theoretical development and empirical validationof his Component Process Model of emotion (CPM), specifically the modeling of appraisal processes and the synchronization of action tendencies, motor expression, and physiological reaction patterns, as well as the reflection of these processes in subjective experience. Other major research foci consist of the study of the expression and perception of affect in voice and speech and applied emotion research. Cross-cultural research also constitutes an important aspect of his work. Much of his recent work is oriented towards studying the elicitation of aesthetic emotions through music and the definition and assessment of emotional competence. See also PROPEREMO: Production and perception of emotion: An affective sciences approach

Selected Publications

  • Johnstone, T., Scherer, K. R. (1999) The effects of emotions on voice quality. Proceedings of the XIVth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences San Francisco, USA , .
  • Chrea, C., Delplanque, S., Grandjean, D., Cayeux, I., Le Calvé, B., Aymard, L., Velazco, M. I., Sander, D., Scherer, K. R. (2007) The emotional power of odors: Identifying the dimensions referring to feelings produced by odors. Summer Program in Sensory Evaluation HoChiMinh city, Vietnam , .
  • Johnstone, T., Van Reekum, C. M., Bänziger, T., Hird, K., Kirsner, K., Scherer, K. R. (2007) The effects of difficulty and gain versus loss on vocal physiology and acoustics. Psychophysiology 44, 827-837.
  • Scherer, K. R. (2009) The dynamic architecture of emotion: Evidence for the component process model. Cognition and Emotion 23(7), 1307-1351.