Research Center for Group Dynamics


Phoebe Ellsworth

Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR;
Frank Murphy Distinguished Professor of Law and Psychology, Professor of Law, Law School;
Professor of Psychology, LSA

Phoebe Ellsworth
5250 ISR
426 Thompson Street

Current work is divided into two separate topics. The first is the relationship between people's interpretation of their situation and the emotions they experience (an appraisal theory of emotion). Ellsworth is currently extending the basic theory to cultural similarities and differences in emotions, testing the relationships between social structure, appraisals, emotions, and behavior. The second is the study of psychology and law. Interests include jury behavior, the death penalty, eyewitness testimony, and the use of social science in law.