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.
Kayyal, M.H., Russell, J.A., & Widen, S. C. (2009). Themes Palestinian and American Children Use to Describe Fear and Sadness. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science 21st Annual Convention, San Fransisco, CA
Kayyal, M.H., Russell, J.A., Widen, S.C. (2007). Comparing Palestinian and American Children’s Understanding of Fear. Poster presented at the Cognitive Development Society’s 2007 Conference, Santa Fe, NM.
Kayyal, M.H., Naab, P., Russell, J.A. (2008). Palestinian and American Judgments of Spontaneous Facial Expressions of Emotion. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science 20th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.