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Len Berkowitz

Len Berkowitz

Although retired, I am still trying to develop my analysis of the formation, operation, and regulation of emotional states, particularly anger. This formulation holds that particular feelings, ideas, memories, and expressive-motor reactions are linked together associatively in an emotion-state network. The activation of any one of these components through focal attention presumably activates the other components in the same network. In the case of anger, it is presumed that any unpleasant feeling will tend to activate rudimentary anger feelings as well as aggression-related ideas, memories, and expressive-motor reactions, theoretically because of a biologically determined association connecting negative affect with these components.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Social Cognition

Books:

Journal Articles:

  • Berkowitz, L., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2004). Toward an understanding of the determinants of anger. Emotion, 4, 107-130.
  • Anderson, C., Berkowitz, L., Donnerstein, E., Huesmann, L. R., Johnson, J., Linz, D., Malamuth, N., & Wartella, E. (2003). The influence of media violence on youth. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 4, 81-110.
  • Berkowitz, L. (1990). On the formation and regulation of anger and aggression: A cognitive-neoassociationistic analysis. American Psychologist.
  • Berkowitz, L. (1989). The frustration-aggression hypothesis: Examination and reformulation. Psychological Bulletin, 106, 59-73.

Other Publications:

  • Berkowitz, L. (2003). Affect, aggression, and antisocial behavior. In R. Davidson, K. Scherer, & H. Goldsmith (Eds.), Handbook of Affective Sciences (pp. 804-823). New York/Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Len Berkowitz
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin
1202 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53706-1696
United States

  • Phone: (608) 262-1569
  • Fax: (608) 231-3680

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