Howard Berenbaum, Professor

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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

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.

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  • 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

  • Contentment and tranquility: Exploring their similarities and differences

    Berenbaum, H., Huang, A. B. & Flores, L. E., Mar 4 2019, In : Journal of Positive Psychology. 14, 2, p. 252-259 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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

  • 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