Randy Larsen

Randy Larsen

Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences
William R. Stuckenberg Professor of Human Values and Moral Development
PHD, University of Illinois
MA, Duquesne University
BA, Loras College

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1125
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Professor Larsen’s research focuses on personality and emotion, with an emphasis on understanding why people differ from each other in terms of emotions, including daily moods, reactions to pleasant and unpleasant events, and emotional variability, and other specific emotions like happiness, life satisfaction, and attraction.

Larsen also studies how people manage their emotions both in laboratory studies and in studies of daily life. His more recent research explores how emotions influence cognition, for example, perceptual thresholds for identifying emotional stimuli, attentional capture by emotional stimuli, and how emotions influence memory.

Selected Publications

Cooper, L. & Larsen, R. J.  (2015). Handbook of Personality Processes and Individual Differences. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Augustine, A.A., Larsen, R. J., & Elliot, A. J. (2013).  Affect is greater than, not equal to, condition: Condition and person effects in affective priming paradigms.  Journal of Personality, 84, 356-364.

Augustine, A. A & Larsen, R. J. (2012). Is a trait really the mean of states? Similarities and differences between traditional and aggregate assessments of personality. Journal of Individual Differences, 33, 131-137.

Weidman, A. C., Fernandez, K. C., Levinson, C. A., Augustine, A. A., Larsen, R. J. Rodebaugh, T. L. (2012). Compensatory Internet use among individuals higher in social anxiety and its implications for well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 53,191-195.

Augustine, A. A., Mehl, M. R., & Larsen, R. J. (2011) A positivity bias in written and spoken English, and its moderation by personality and gender. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 508-515