Welcome to the Culture and Emotion Research Lab (CERL), one of the largest and most productive research and training facilities in the Department of Psychology at San Francisco State University. With its cutting-edge studies, CERL offers students excellent opportunities to broaden their understanding of human emotion and culture and to strengthen their research skills. The laboratory is entirely student run, and as a training laboratory provides student assistants the opportunity to learn about and experience the conduct of all aspects of high-level psychological research from the ground up.

We hope you find ample information about CERL in this website!

  • The director of the CERL, Dr. David Matsumoto, is a world-renowned leader in studies of culture and emotion. See his website at www.davidmatsumoto.com for more information about him and his work.

  • Studies conducted by the CERL are published in top-tier scientific journals in psychology, including Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Emotion, the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and many others.

  • CERL was the first laboratory to document cultural differences in emotion judgments, and continues to be a leader in this field.

  • CERL is a world leader in the study of facial expressions of emotion, and other nonverbal behaviors, across cultures.

  • CERL is the world leader in the first cross-cultural study of display rules.

  • CERL creates and validates new measures for use by researchers and practitioners, including tests of emotion perception, culture, emotional intelligence, cultural adaptability, and cultural intelligence. These tests are in use by many research laboratories around the world, including the Japanese and Caucasian Facial Expressions of Emotion (JACFEE) set.

  • CERL has also developed and produced a number of educational materials, such as videotapes, textbooks, and course readers used in the instruction of psychology, culture, and research.

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