Curriculum Vitae

Professor of Psychology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD 21250
B.S. 1965                Oklahoma State University, Psychology (subspecialty Microbiology)
Ph.D. 1971              Washington University (St. Louis), Psychology (subspecialty Neuroembryology)

Experience in Higher Education:

2013-present         Research Professor/Professor Emeritus
1974-2013              Assistant Professor to Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1971-1974               Research Assistant Professor of Psychology, Research Associate in Biology and Ophthalmology, Washington University/School of Medicine (St. Louis),

Visiting Scientist, Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT

Professional  specialties: Behavioral neuroscience, neuroembryology, social biology

Courses taught:  Sensation and Perception, Physiological Psychology, Neuroanatomy, Developmental Neuroscience,
Laughter and Humor, Animal Behavior, Developmental Psychology, Introductory Psychology, Curious Behavior

     Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond. R. R. Provine, Belknap Press (2012).
     Laughter: A Scientific Investigation. R. R. Provine, Viking/Penguin (2000), US, UK, French, Italian eds.

Research articles and book chapters (Selected from over 50 chapters, magazine, and peer-reviewed articles):

The emotional eye: Red sclera as a uniquely human cue of emotion. R. R. Provine, J. Nave-Blodgett, and M. O. Cabrera. Ethology, 119 (2013) 1-6.

Red, yellow, and white sclera: Uniquely human cues for healthiness, attractiveness, and age. R. R. Provine, M. O. Cabrera, J.Nave-Blodgett. Human Nature, 24 (2013) 126-136.

When the whites of the eyes are red: A uniquely human cue. R. R. Provine, M. O. Cabrera, N. W. Brocato, and K. A. Krosnowski.  Ethology, 117 (2011) 1-5.
Emotional tears and NGF: A biographical appreciation and research beginning. R. R. Provine, Archives Italiennes de Biologie, 149 (2011) 271-276.
Tearing: Breakthrough in human emotional signaling. R. R. Provine, K. A. Krosnowski, and N. W. Brocato. Evolutionary Psychology, 7 (2009) 52-56.
Emoticons punctuate website text messages. R. R. Provine, R. J. Spencer, and D. L. Mandell.  Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 26 (2007) 299-307.
Laughter among deaf signers. R. R. Provine and K. Emmorey. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 11 (2006) 403-409.
Yawning.  R. R. Provine.  American Scientist, 93 (2005) 532-539.
Laughing, tickling, and the evolution of speech and self. R. R. Provine. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 13 (2004) 215-218.
Laughter. R. R. Provine. American Scientist 84 (1996) 38-45.
Wing-flapping during development and evolution. R. R. Provine. American Scientist, 72 (1984) 448-455.
Crossing the midline: Limits of early eye-hand behavior. R. R. Provine and J. Westerman. Child Development, 50 (1980) 437-441.
Neurophysiological aspects of behavior development in the chick embryo. R. R. Provine. In G. Gottlieb, ed., Behavioral embryology, Academic Press, New York, (1972) 77-102.
Electrical activity in the spinal cord of the chick embryo in situ. R. R. Provine, S. C. Sharma, T. T Sandel, and V. Hamburger. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 65 (1970) 508-515.

Honors (writing):


      Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond (Belknap/Harvard)

PROSE AWARD, Best Biomedicine and Neuroscience Book 2012, Association of American Publishers

                A Best Book of 2012 (Library Journal) 

     Laughter: A Scientific Investigation (Viking/Penguin)

25 Books to Remember 2000 (New York Public Library)

             The best American science writing 2006.  (Harper Perennial anthology)
             The best American nonrequired reading 2006. (Houghton Mifflin anthology)
Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Psychological Science
Media coverage: (Sample from dozens of television and hundreds of radio appearances and articles).
Television: 20/20, Scientific American Frontiers, Good Morning America, ABC Evening News
Radio (NPR): All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation, Radio Lab
Print: Time, New York Times, L.A. Times, Boston Globe, Times (London), Discover, Scientific American, New Scientist
Cinema: Laughology, Natural History of Laughter (German, French, English versions)
Grants (Principal Investigator): NIH