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Curriculum Vitae

ROBERT R. PROVINE
Professor of Psychology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD 21250
provine@umbc.edu
410-455-2419
Education:
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

Books:
     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):

Books:

      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)

Essays:
             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