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Alice M. Isen

Alice M. Isen


Professor Alice Isen died on February 29, 2012, in Philadelphia. Social Psychology Network is maintaining this profile for visitors who wish to learn more about Professor Isen's work.

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Professor Isen’s research concerns the influence of affect on social interaction, thought processes, and decision making, including applications to consumer behavior, organizational behavior, medical decision making, doctor-patient interaction, risk preference, and self-control. Current interests also include social cognitive neuroscience.

Professor Isen has been a member of the executive committee of the Society for Consumer Psychologyand the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. She has taught at the University of Maryland, Ohio State, and the University of Michigan, and has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University. She has published extensively and is the co-author (with A. H. Hastorf) of Cognitive Social Psychology and (with B. Moore) of Affect and Social Behavior. She has been editor of Motivation and Emotion and on the editorial boards of ten journals in her fields.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Social Cognition

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