Klaus Scherer
Professor at Department of Psychology, University of Geneva
General Information

Klaus Scherer is a Professor emeritus at the University of Geneva and directs 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, and director of the Human Assessment Centre (Laboratoire d´Evaluation Psychologique). He is now Professor emeritus at the University of Geneva and Director of the Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives as well as the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences. His research activities focus on emotion. Several research programs, fi­nanced by granting agencies and private foundations in the USA, Germany, and Switzerland, are directed at the study of cognitive evaluations of emotion-eliciting events and on facial and vocal emotion expression. 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. Klaus Scherer is a member of several in­ternational scientific societies and a fellow of the American Psychological Association 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 and honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant.

Current Research

Klaus Scherer's major research interest is the further theoretical development and empirical test of his Component Process Model of Emotion (CPM), specifically the modeling of appraisal-driven processes of 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 of affect in voice and speech and applied emotion research. Cross-cultural research also constitutes an important aspect of his work. See also PROPEREMO: Production and perception of emotion: An affective sciences approach

Selected Publications
Scherer, K. R., Shuman, V., Fontaine, J. R., Soriano, C. (2013) The GRID meets the Wheel: Assessing emotional feeling via self-report. Components of Emotional Meaning: A Sourcebook Oxford University Press Oxford , 281-298.
Mchugh-Munier, C., Scherer, K. R., Lehmann, W., Scherer, U. (1997) Coping strategies, personality, and voice quality in patients with vocal fold nodules and polyps. Journal of Voice 11, 452-461.
Scherer, K. R., Grandjean, D. (2008) Inferences from facial expressions of emotion have many facets. Cognition and Emotion 22, 789-801.
Flykt, A., Dan, E. S., Scherer, K. R. (2009) Using a probe detection task to assess the timing of intrinsic pleasantness appraisals. Swiss Journal of Psychology 68, 161-171.
Goudbeek, M., Scherer, K. R. (2010) Beyond arousal: Valence and potency/control in the vocal expression of emotion. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 128, 1322-1336.