of Nevada, Reno
Gerald Ginsburg, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Michigan
B.S., Univ of Illinois
Social Psychophysiology: In our Social Psychophysiology Laboratory
we study social and emotional processes, using electrophysiological
and video measures. We are especially interested in autonomic
nervous system processes and facial and other bodily displays
as they occur in emotional interchanges.
Emotion: We are actively developing a model of emotion that treats
emotional reactions as aspects of situated episodes and not as
internal states that bubble over into expressions. Cultural, literary,
communicative and developmental factors play important roles,
along with physiological processes. Our laboratory and observational
research is guided by this fundamentally biosocial view, which
is compatible with and influenced by contemporary work in behavioral
Science and the Law: The rapid changes and advances in a variety
of technologies have given expert witnesses in civil and criminal
trials considerable importance, but their testimony and their
qualifications have come increasingly into question. Recent Supreme
Court decisions have brought a number of issues about expert testimony
to the fore, including the issue of what qualifies as a science.
Our work in this area includes investigating the emergence of
new types of evidence and their acceptance as scientific by courts,
and the spread of such novel evidence to the legal systems of
other countries. In this work I collaborate with J. Richardson,
S. Dobbin and S. Gatowski.
Recent and Current Publications (selected examples):
Social Psychophysiology and Emotion:
Hartley, T.R., Ginsburg, G.P., and Heffner, K. (1999). Self-presentation
and cardiovascular reactivity. International Journal of Psycholphysiology,
32 (1), 75-88.
Ginsburg, G.P. (1997). Faces: An Epilogue and Reconceptualization.
In J. Russell and J. Fernandez-Dols (Eds.), New Directions in
the Study of Facial Expressions.New York: Cambridge University
Press. Pp. 349-382.
Ginsburg, G. P., and Harrington, M. (1996). Bodily states and
context in situated lines of action. In R. Harré &
J Parrott (Eds.), Emotions: The Embodiment of Social Control.London:
Sage. Pp. 229-258.
Social Psychology and Law:
Richardson, J.T., & Ginsburg, G.P. (1998). "Brainwashing"
evidence in light of Daubert: Science and unpopular religions.
Current Legal Issues,265-288.
Gatowski, S.I., Dobbin, S.A., Richardson, J.T., & Ginsburg,
G.P. (1997). Globalization of behavioral science evidence about
battered women: A theory of production and diffusion. Behavioral
Sciences and Law,15, 273.
Richardson, J. T., Ginsburg, G. P., Gatowski, S., & Dobbin,
S. (1995). The problems of applying Daubert to psychological syndrome
evidence. Judicature, Vol. 79 (July-August), 1-9.
You can e-mail Dr. Ginsburg at gpg@.unr.edu
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