Howard Berenbaum, Professor

1985 …2019
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Research Interests

The ultimate goal of my research is to explain the development of adult psychopathology, with a focus on the role of emotional processes. My research is not limited to a single circumscribed etiological factor or experimental paradigm. This is important because of the overwhelming evidence that psychopathological conditions are complex and multidetermined. The vast majority of work in my lab has been guided by a framework for describing emotional disturbances that was proposed by my students and me (Berenbaum et al, 2003). Specifically, we proposed that there are three broad types of emotional disturbances (each of which includes several subtypes): (a) disturbances in emotional valence (e.g., excessive levels of unpleasant emotion); (b) disturbances in emotional intensity/variability/regulation; and (c) disturbances in emotional awareness. In recent years, my work has focused on the following phenomena: (a) emotional awareness and other meta-emotion factors; (b) emotional intensity and variability; (c) peculiarity; and (d) worry.

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Indiana University

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Research Output 1985 2019

Acts of omission, altered worldviews, and psychological problems among military veterans

Williams, C. L. & Berenbaum, H., May 2019, In : Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 11, 4, p. 391-395 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders

Body image distortion following social rejection or acceptance cues

Mu, W., Schoenleber, M., Leon, A. C. & Berenbaum, H., May 2019, In : Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. 38, 5, p. 395-408 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Distance
Body Image

Different Patterns of Attention Bias in Worry and Rumination

Hur, J., Gaul, K. & Berenbaum, H., Aug 15 2019, In : Cognitive Therapy and Research. 43, 4, p. 713-725 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Attentional Bias
Ecological Momentary Assessment
Surveys and Questionnaires

Empathic Accuracy: Associations With Prosocial Behavior and Self-Insecurity

Eckland, N. S., Huang, A. B. & Berenbaum, H., Jan 1 2019, In : Emotion.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Diagnostic Self Evaluation
Self Report

Negative self-conscious emotions: Appraisals, action tendencies, and labels

Mu, W. & Berenbaum, H., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. 38, 2, p. 113-139 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle