Arvid Kappas

Professor of Psychology, Dean

Jacobs University

Resarch Interests: emotions. nonverbal behavior. social robotics. affective computing. communication

Arvid Kappas is professor of psychology and Dean at Jacobs University Bremen. He has been conducting research on emotions for over three decades. Having obtained his PhD at Dartmouth College, NH, USA, he has lived and worked in Switzerland, Canada, the UK, and in Germany. He was also visiting professor in Austria and in Italy. His research interests relate to how factors, such as the social context, or certain cognitive processes, influence how components of the emotion system interact, such as what people feel, what expressions they show, and how their body react. He believes that emotion and regulation are best considered together. Empirical research is targeted at basic processes as well as applications, particularly in the context of affective computing and social robotics. Kappas has been associate editor of the APA journal Emotion and of Biological Psychology and has also been serving for many years on the editorial board of several journals, such as Cognition and Emotion and Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. He was in the steering committee of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing as well as the Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing. Arvid has been active in a number of national and international scientific associations and published numerous scientific articles and chapters. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science as well as the Society for Psychophysiological Research. From 2013-2018 he was president of the International Society for Research on Emotions. His current research includes work in the context of three recent EU funded projects: "CYBEREMOTIONS: Collective emotions in cyberspace" ( , "eCUTE: Education in Cultural Understanding Technology Enhanced" ( , as well as "EMOTE : EMbOdied-perceptive Tutors for Empathy-based learning" ( as well as the current ANIMATAS network (