About the Author
James W. Kalat is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at North Carolina State University, where he taught courses in introduction to psychology and biological psychology from 1977 through 2012. He received an AB degree summa cum laude from Duke University and a PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (10th Edition) and co-author with Michelle Shiota of EMOTION (2nd Edition). In addition to textbooks, he has written journal articles on taste-aversion learning, the teaching of psychology, and other topics. He was twice the program chair for the annual convention of the American Psychological Society, now named the Association for Psychological Science.
Dr. Michelle N. Shiota received her B. A. degree with honors from Stanford University in 1994. In 2003, she earned a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, under the supervision of Dacher Keltner and Oliver P. John. Currently, Dr. Shiota is affiliated with UC Berkeley's Institute for Personality and Social Research. Her research emphasizes functional differentiation among the positive emotions, and the role of positive emotion in emotion regulation.