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Dr Carlos Crivelli

Job: VC2020 Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 250 6244

E: carlos.crivelli@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carlos_Crivelli

 

Personal profile

Dr Carlos Crivelli is a cognitive scientist interested in mapping human diversity and extending scientific knowledge beyond laboratory settings in the field of emotion science and social influence. His research has been published in high impact journals (e.g., Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences—USA, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Evolution & Human Behavior, Emotion), capturing media attention worldwide (e.g., Science Magazine, The Boston Globe, El País, Der Spiegel, De Volkskrant, Medical Xpress, The National Post, Forskning).

Dr Crivelli completed his MSc and PhD in Methodology of Behavioral and Health Sciences at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) under the supervision of Prof. José-Miguel Fernández-Dols. During his PhD, he was also a visiting scholar at Boston College (supervisor: Prof. James A. Russell) and University of Glasgow (supervisor: Dr. Rachael E. Jack).

Dr Crivelli’s research provides a descriptive and explanatory framework to facial displays, social influence, and emotions beyond laboratory settings and the usual Western/Eastern educated and industrialized samples. On the one hand, Dr Crivelli conducts studies in natural settings using observational methods to study social interaction and facial displays from a Behavioral Ecology perspective (e.g., Crivelli, Carrera, & Fernández-Dols, 2015; Crivelli & Fridlund, 2018). On the other hand, Dr Crivelli overcomes ethnocentric assumptions derived from Western theories of emotion, facial displays and social influence by studying small-scale, indigenous populations such as the Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea or the Mwani of Mozambique (e.g., Crivelli, Jarillo, Russell, & Fernández-Dols, 2016; Crivelli, Russell, Jarillo, & Fernández-Dols, 2016).

Research group affiliations

  • Cognition and Neuroscience Research Group

Publications and outputs 

Book Chapters

Conference Proceedings

  • Crivelli, C., & Fernández-Dols, J. M. (2012). Expresión facial y emoción: Evidencias desde estudios de campo [Facial expression and emotion: Evidence from field studies]. In I. Montero, M. J. de Dios, B. Sierra, & J. A. Huertas (Eds.), La investigación en motivación y emoción. Contribuciones de jóvenes investigadores en formación (pp. 8-18). Madrid: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. ISBN:978-84-8344-329-3

Published Abstracts

  • Chen, C., Crivelli, C., Garrod, O. G. B., Fernández-Dols, J. M., Schyns, P. G., & Jack, R. E. (2016). Facial expressions of pain and pleasure are highly distinct. Journal of Vision, 16(12):210. doi:10.1167/16.12.210

Key research outputs

  • Crivelli, C., & Fridlund, A. J. (in press). Facial displays are tools for social influence. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2018.02.006
  • Crivelli, C., Russell, J. A., Jarillo, S., & Fernández-Dols, J. M. (2016). The fear gasping face as a threat display in a Melanesian society. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 113(44), 12403-12407. doi:10.1073/pnas.1611622113
  • Crivelli, C., Jarillo, S., & Fridlund, A. J. (2016). A multidisciplinary approach to research in small-scale societies: Studying emotions and facial expressions in the field. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:1073. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01073
  • Crivelli, C., Jarillo, S., Russell, J. A., & Fernández-Dols, J. M. (2016). Reading emotions from faces in two indigenous societies. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145, 830-843. doi:10.1037/xge0000172
  • Crivelli, C., Carrera, P., & Fernández-Dols, J. M. (2015). Are smiles a sign of happiness? Spontaneous expressions of judo winners. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 52-58. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2014.08.009

Research interests/expertise

  • Facial displays
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Indigenous societies
  • Emotion
  • Cross-cultural comparisons
  • Social influence
  • Research methods

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • MSc
  • BSc

Honours and awards

  • Best Research and Young Promising Career Award (First Prize), Spanish Society of Motivation and Emotion, 2011 (500 €)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • International Society for Research on Emotion
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Spanish Society of Motivation and Emotion

Projects

 

Conference attendance

Conference presentations

  • Crivelli, C. (July, 2017). The gasping face: A signal of threat or fear? Oral presentation at the Plenary Meeting of the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), St. Louis, USA
  • Chen, C., Crivelli, C., Garrod, O. G. B., Fernández-Dols, J. M., Schyns, P. G., & Jack, R. E. (May, 2016). Facial expressions of pain and pleasure are highly distinct. Oral presentation at the Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Florida, USA
  • Crivelli, C., & Jarillo, S. (July, 2015). Conducting studies in indigenous societies: A mixed methods research approach. Oral presentation at the Plenary Meeting of the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Crivelli, C., & Jarillo, S. (March, 2015). Trobrianders’ categorization of facial expressions: A language-free test. Oral presentation at the International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Fernández-Dols, J. M., Crivelli, C., & Jarillo, S. (August, 2013). Do Trobriand Islands’ children label prototypical facial expressions of emotion as basic emotions? Oral presentation at the Plenary Meeting of the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), Berkley, CA
  • Crivelli, C., Terrazo, M., Martínez-Arias, R., & Fernández-Dols, J. M. (May, 2012). Facial expressions’ perception of sexual enjoyment and pain: A situationist approach. Oral presentation at the Consortium of European Research on Emotion Conference (CERE), Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Fernández-Dols, J. M., Crivelli, C., & Carrera, P. (August, 2011). Spontaneous Expressions and Emotion: A Baconian Approach. Oral presentation at the Plenary Meeting of the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), Kyoto, Japan
  • Crivelli, C., Carrera, P., & Fernández-Dols, J. M. (June, 2011). Facial expression, emotion, and the myth of Sisyphus: Six years of unreal optimism. Oral presentation at the 1st Meeting of Young Researchers in Emotion and Motivation organized by the Spanish Society of Motivation and Emotion (AME), Madrid, Spain

Invited talks

  • Crivelli, C. (September, 2017). On extraordinary claims requiring extraordinary evidence: Basic Emotions Theory and the doctrine of facial expression universality. Event organized by Prof. Didier Grandjean, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Crivelli, C. (November, 2016). Controversial Issues in Cognitive Science: Replication and Narrow Sampling. Event organized by Dr. Ricardo de Pascual, Psychology Department, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain
  • Crivelli, C. (February, 2014). Emotion and Facial Expressions in the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea. Event organized by Dr. Rachael E. Jack, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Crivelli, C. (October, 2013). Emotion and Facial Expressions: The 2013 Trobriand Islands Expedition. Event organized by Prof. James A. Russell, Psychology Department, Boston College, MA, USA
  • Crivelli, C. (May, 2012). Cross-cultural Psychology: Some controversial issues. Event organized by the Research Group on Animal and Human Behavior, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • Crivelli, C. (November, 2011). Spontaneous Facial Expression and Emotion: A Baconian Approach. Event organized by the Research Group on Animal and Human Behavior, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Externally funded research grants information

  • International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) Travel Award, Association for Psychological Science, 2015 (200 €)
  • Visiting Scholar Research Grant at University of Glasgow (UK), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, 2014 (3,900 €)
  • Visiting Scholar Research Grant at Boston College (MA, USA), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, 2013 (4,700 €)
  • Ph.D. Scholarship, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, 2012-2016 (~55,000 €)
  • M.Sc. Scholarship, Methodology for Behavioral and Health Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, 2011 (4,800 €)

Professional esteem indicators

Ad hoc reviewer (journals):

  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  • Emotion Review
  • Emotion
  • PLoS One

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