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Leslie D. Kirby

Leslie D. Kirby

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My primary research interests focus on emotions and stress. Our lab approaches the study of emotion from an appraisal approach, meaning we're focused on the antecedents of emotional responses. I'm also interested in the psychophysiology of emotions, and health implications of emotions and stress. Of particular focus right now is the potential for positive emotions to serve as a buffer against stress.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Gender Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Kirby, L. D., & Smith, C. A. (under revision). The person and situation in transaction: Antecedents of appraisal and emotion. Manuscript submitted for publication. Vanderbilt University.
  • Kirby, L. D., & Smith, C. A. (under review). Characteristic appraisal styles: Impacts on emotion and behavior. Manuscript submitted for publication. Vanderbilt University.
  • Kirby, L. D., & Smith, C. A. (under review). The structure of appraisals. Manuscript submitted for publication. Vanderbilt University.

Other Publications:

  • Smith, C. A., & Kirby, L. D. (2001). Affect and cognitive appraisal: From content to process models. In: J. Forgas (Ed.). Handbook of affect and social cognition. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Smith, C. A., & Kirby, L. D. (2001). Breaking the tautology: Toward delivering on the promise of appraisal theory. In K. Scherer, A. Schorr, & T. Johnstone (Eds.), Appraisal theories of emotion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Smith, C. A., & Kirby, L. D. (2000). Consequences require antecedents: Toward a process model of emotion elicitation. In: J. Forgas (Ed.). Feeling and thinking: The role of affect in social cognition. Cambridge University Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Emotion
  • Positive Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Leslie D. Kirby
Department of Psychology
Vanderbilt University, Wilson Hall
111 21st Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37240
United States

  • Phone: (615) 322-0059
  • Fax: (615) 343-8449

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