Ursula Hess (13 August 1960 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany) is a German psychologist who teaches at the Humboldt-University of Berlin as Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the Department of Psychology.
From 1989 to 1992 Hess was a post-doctoral researcher (Maître Assistant) at the University of Geneva. In 1992 Hess began a professorship at the University of Quebec at Montreal, where she was promoted to Full Professor in 2000. She is currently Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the Department of Psychology at the Humboldt-University of Berlin
She was elected President of the Society for Psychophysiological Research in 2017.
Her research focuses the communication of emotions. In particular, the social factors that influence this process such as gender and intergroup relations. One line of research investigates the role of facial mimicry, i.e. the imitation of the emotion expressions of others, for successful emotion communication. Another line of research on social context influences focuses on the social signal function of emotions. Specifically, on the information about the person or the context that people can infer from the emotional reactions of others as well as the impact of explicit context information on this process. Both lines of research include research on cross-cultural emotion communication.
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- Hess, Ursula; Adams, Reginald B.; Kleck, Robert E. (2009-12-12). "The face is not an empty canvas: how facial expressions interact with facial appearance". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences. 364 (1535): 3497–3504. doi:10.1098/rstb.2009.0165. ISSN 0962-8436. PMC 2781893. PMID 19884144.
- Hess, U. (2015). Introduction: Gender and Emotion. Emotion Review, 7, 4-4. doi:10.1177/1754073914544578
- "Group dynamics and emotional expression | Social psychology". Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
- Hess, U. & Adams, R. B., Jr., Kleck, R. E. (2009). Intergroup misunderstandings in emotion communication. In: Demoulin, S., Leyens, J.-P., Dovidio, J. F. (Eds.), Intergroup misunderstandings: Impact of divergent social realities (pp. 85-100). Psychology Press. ISBN 9781848728035
- Hess, Ursula; Fischer, Agneta (2017-09-26). "The Role of Emotional Mimicry in Intergroup Relations". Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.433. ISBN 9780190228613.
- Hess, U. & Fischer, A. (2013). Emotional mimicry as social regulation. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 17, 142-157. DOI: 10.1177/1088868312472607
- Fischer, Agneta; Hess, Ursula (2017-10-01). "Mimicking emotions". Current Opinion in Psychology. 17: 151–155. doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.07.008. ISSN 2352-250X. PMID 28950963.
- Hareli, S. & Hess, U. (2012). The social signal value of emotion. Cognition & Emotion, 26, 385-389. doi:10.1080/02699931.2012.665029
- Hess, U. & Hareli, S. (2018). On the malleability of the meaning of contexts: The influence of another person's emotion expressions on situation perception. Cognition and Emotion, 32, 185-191. doi:10.1080/02699931.2016.1269725
- Hareli, S. & Hess, U. (2010). What emotional reactions can tell us about the nature of others: An appraisal perspective on person perception. Cognition and Emotion, 24, 128-140. doi:10.1080/02699930802613828
- Hess, U., & Hareli, S. (2017). The social signal value of emotions: The role of contextual factors in social inferences drawn from emotion displays (pp. 375-392). In J. Russell & J.-M. Fernandez-Dols (Eds.), The Science of Facial Expression. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190613501