ROBERT R. PROVINE
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:
1974-present 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, Neuroantomy, Developmental Neuroscience,
Laughter and Humor, Animal Behavior, Developmental Psychology, Introductory Psychology
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, peer-reviewed articles)
Red, yellow, and white sclera: Uniquely human cues for healthiness, attractiveness, and age. R. R. Provine, M. O. Cabrera, J.Nave-Blodgett. Human Nature, in press.
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.
The best American science writing 2006. R. R. Provine (Harper Perennial anthology)
The best American nonrequired reading 2006. R. R. Provine (Houghton Mifflin anthology)
25 Books to Remember 2000 , Laughter, R. R. Provine, (New York Public Library)
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