Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
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Ekman, Paul

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_347

Basic Biography

Ekman is a pioneer and world-renowned expert in the study of emotional research and nonverbal communication, particularly on emotional micro-expression and the corresponding physiological activity of the face (Ekman n.d.).

Paul Ekman was born on February 5, 1934, in Washington, D.C., although he never lived there, Growing up, Ekman lived in Newark, New Jersey, Washington, Oregon, and Southern California (Ekman 2003).

Paul Ekman received his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and New York University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Adelphi University in 1958. During which, he completed his clinical internship at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, part of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). While Ekman was still at University of Chicago, his classmates included Susan Sontag, Mike Nichols, and Elaine May. After receiving his Ph.D., he served as chief psychologist in the US Army, Fort Dix, New Jersey from 1958 to...

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  1. Ekman, P. (n.d.). About Ekman. Retrieved from http://www.paulekman.com/about-ekman/
  2. Ekman, P. (5 Aug 2003) A conversation with: Paul Ekman; the 43 facial muscles that reveal even the most fleeting emotions. New York Times. Retrieved from http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D00EED8113EF936A3575BC0A9659C8B63
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  6. Taylor, J. B. (2009) Paul Ekman. The 2009 Times 100. Retrieved from http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1894410_1893209_1893475,00.html

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pace UniversityNew YorkUSA