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Mary Kayyal

ph.d. candidate

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Office: McGuinn 428I
Phone: 617-552-8788
Email: mary.kayyal@bc.edu
Website:
http://www2.bc.edu/mary-kayyal

Primary Advisor: James Russell

Academic Interests: My research primarily focuses on the development of children’s emotion concepts and how culture interacts with this development. One line of research compares how Palestinian and American children understand emotion in different domains (e.g., facial expressions, situational causes, and behavioral consequences), and how that understanding changes with age. A second line of research examines how culture and language each influence the way adults interpret spontaneous facial expressions of emotion.

Undergraduate Institution/Degree: B.A., Boston College, Psychology and International Studies, with a focus on the Middle East.

Publications

Kayyal, M.H. & Russell, J.A. (2013). Palestinians and Americans judge spontaneous facial expressions of emotion. Emotion, 13, 891-904.

Kayyal, M.H. & Russell, J.A. (2013). Language and emotion: Certain English-Arabic translations are not equivalent. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 32, 261-271.

Kayyal, M.H. & Widen, S.C. (2013). Monsters and growling dogs: a dual-source theory of a child's concept for fear.  Psychological Topics, 22, 367-382.

Kayyal, M.H., Widen, S.C., & Russell, J.A. (in press). What made Sahar scared? Imaginary and realistic causes in Palestinian and American children's concept of fear.  Journal of Cognition and Culture.

Symposium Presentations

Kayyal, M.H. & Pochedly, J. (2013, April). Mean monsters, slithering snakes, and culture: Imaginary and realistic causes in Palestinian children's fear concept. Symposium conducted at the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle.
 
Nelson, N., Widen, S.C., Kayyal, M.H., & Gendron, Maria (2013, January). Spontaneous facial expressions of emotion are not universally recognized: Methodological and substantive issues. Facial expressions are universally recognized (except when they aren’t): Evidence from developmental, cross‐cultural, and clinical populations. Symposium conducted at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
Nelson, N., Widen, S.C., & Kayyal, M.H. (2012, May). Children’s attribution of fear to real versus imaginary, and controllable versus uncontrollable, creatures. The effect of context on emotion judgments: From preschool to adulthood. Symposium conducted at the Jean Piaget Society,
Toronto, Canada.

Posters

Kayyal, M.H. & Pochedly, J. (2014,April). Spontaneous facial expressions of emotion are interpreted but not "recognized." Poster presented at the Society for Affective Science, Bethesda, Maryland.

Kayyal, M.H., Pochedly, J., & & Russell, J.A. (2014, February). The relation between disgust and morality is largely coincidence. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, Texas.
 
Pochedly, J., Kayyal, M.H., & Russell, J.A. (2014, February). Moral judgments are predicted by a wide range of negative emotions. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, Texas.

Kayyal, M.H. & Russell, J.A. (2012, January). The emotion observers see in a face cannot be predicted with a single label: Cross‐cultural evidence. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, California.

Kayyal, M.H., Russell, J.A., & Widen, S. C. (2011, October). Palestinian and American children’s understanding of facial expressions. Poster presented at the Cognitive Development Society, Chicago, Illinois.

Kayyal, M.H., Russell, J.A., & Widen, S. C. (2011, March). Palestinian and American children’s understanding of the behavioral consequences associated with realistic and imaginary causes of fear. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec.

Kayyal, M.H., Russell, J.A., & Widen, S. C. (2011, January). Children’s understanding of unregulated emotional expressions in private versus public contexts. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Emotion Pre‐Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Kayyal, M.H., Russell, J.A., & Widen, S. C. (2010, April). Palestinian and American children’s interpretation of fantasy‐ and reality‐based causes of fear. Poster presented at the Conference on Human Development, New York.

Kayyal, M.H., Russell, J.A., & Widen, S. C. (2010, January). Palestinian and American children’s understanding of fear. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Emotion Pre‐Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.