The Handbook of Emotion Elicitation and Assessment

James Coan and John Allen (Eds.)
Oxford University Press


Coan, J. A. & Allen, J. J. B. (2007). The Handbook of Emotion Elicitation and Assessment. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. (Edited Volume)

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Gottman, J., McCoy, K., Coan, J., & Collier, H. (1995). The Specific Affect Coding System (SPAFF) for Observing Emotional Communication in Marital and Family Interaction. Mahway, NJ: Erlbaum.


Brown, C. & Coan, J. A. (in press). The social regulation of neural threat responding. Chapter to appear in L. Freund (Eds) The Social Neuroscience of Human Animal Interaction. New York, Taylor Francis Press.

Beckes, L. & Coan, J. A. (in press). Relationship neuroscience. Chapter to appear in J. Simpson and J. Dovidio (Eds.) APA Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology, Volume 2: Interpersonal Relationships and Group Processes.Washington, DC, APA Press.

Beckes, L. & Coan, J. A. (in press). The distress-relief dynamic in attachment bonding. Chapter to appear in V.Zayas and C.Hazan (Eds.) Bases of Adult Attachment: From Brain to Mind to Behavior. New York, Springer Press.

Beckes, L. & Coan, J. A. (in press). The neuroscience of social relationships. Chapter to appear in J.Simpson and L.Campbell (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Close Relationships. New York, Oxford University Press.

Coan, J.A. & Gonzalez, M.Z. (in press). Emotions as emergent variables. Chapter to appear in L.F. Barrett & J.A. Russell (Eds.), The Psychological Construction of Emotion. New York: The Guilford Press.

Maresh, E.L., Allen, J.P., & Coan, J.A. (2014). Increased default mode network activity in socially anxious individuals during reward processing. Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders 4, 1-12.

Zhang, T., Li. F., Gonzalez, M.Z., Maresh, E.L., & Coan, J.A. (2014). A semi-parametric nonlinear model for event-related fMRI. Neuroimage, 97, 178–187.

Schaefer, H.S., Larsen, C.L., Davidson, R.J., & Coan, J.A. (2014). Brain, body and cognition: Physiological and self-report correlates of phobic and normative fear. Biological Psychology, 98, 59–69.

Coan, J.A. & Maresh, E.L. (2014). Social baseline theory and the social regulation of emotion. In J. Gross (Ed.) The Handbook of Emotion Regulation, 2nd Edition (pp. 221-236). New York: The Guilford Press.

Coan, J. A., Brown, C., & Beckes, L. (2014). Our social baseline: The role of social proximity in economy of action. In M. Mikulincer & P. R. Shaver (Eds.) Nature and Formation of Social Connections: From brain to Group (pp. 89-104). Washington DC., American Psychological Association Press.

Stewart, J.L., Coan, J.A., Towers, D.N., & Allen, J.J.B. (2014). Resting and task-elicited prefrontal EEG alpha asymmetry in depression: Support for the capability model. Psychophysiology, 51, 446–455.


Johnson, S.M., Moser, M.B., Beckes, L., Smith, A., Dalgleish, T., Halchuck, R., Hasselmo, K., Greenman, P.S., Merali, Z., & Coan, J.A. (2013). Soothing the threatened brain: Leveraging contact comfort with emotionally focused therapy. PLoS One, 8, e79314. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079314.

Maresh, E.L., Beckes, L., & Coan, J.A. (2013). The social regulation of threat-related attentional disengagement in highly anxious individuals. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 515. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00515

Beckes, L., Coan, J. A., & Morris, J. P. (2013). Implicit conditioning of faces via the social regulation of emotion: ERP evidence of early attentional biases for security conditioned faces. Psychophysiology, 50, 734-742.

Beckes, L., Coan, J.A. & Hasselmo, K. (2013). Familiarity promotes the blurring of self and other in the neural representation of threat. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 670-677. 

Coan, J.A., Kasle, S., Jackson, A., Schaefer, H.S., & Davidson, R.J. (2013). Mutuality and the Social Regulation of Neural Threat Responding. Attachment and Human Development, 15, 303-315.

Zhang, T., Li, F., Beckes, L., & Coan, J.A. (2013). A Semi-parametric Model of the Hemodynamic Response for Multi-Subject fMRI Data. Neuroimage, 75, 136–145.

Coan, J.A., & Sbarra, D.A. (2013). Co-edited Special Issue on the Psychophysiology of Relationships.  International Journal of Psychophysiology, 88, 219-352.

Sbarra, D.A. & Coan, J.A. (2013). Theory, method, and prediction in the psychophysiology of relationships. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 88, 219–223.

Coan, J.A., Beckes, L., & Allen, J.P. (2013). Childhood Maternal Support and Neighborhood Quality Moderate the Social Regulation of Neural Threat Responding in Adulthood. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 88, 224–231.

Beckes, L. & Coan, J.A. (2013). Voodoo versus me–you correlations in relationship neuroscience. Journal of social and personal relationships, 30, 189-197.

Sherman, G.D., Haidt, J., Iyer, R., & Coan, J.A. (2013). Individual differences in the physical embodiment of care: Prosocially oriented women respond to cuteness by becoming more physically careful. Emotion, 13, 151-158.

Mikhail, M., El-Ayat, K., Allen, J.J.B., & Coan, J.A. (2013). Using minimal number of electrodes for emotion detection using brain signals produced from a new elicitation technique. International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems, 6, 80-97.


Zhang, T., Li, F., Beckes, L., Brown, C., & Coan, J.A. (2012). Nonparametric inference of the hemodynamic response using multi-subject fMRI data. Neuroimage, 63, 1754-1765. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.08.014.

Connor, O.L., Siegle, G.J., McFarland, A.M., Silk, J.S., Ladouceur, C.D., Dahl, R.E., Coan, J.A., & Ryan, N.D. (2012). Mom — it helps when you’re right here! Attenuation of neural stress markers in anxious adolescents whose caregivers are present during fMRI. PLoS One, 7: e50680. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0050680.

Hughes, A. E., Crowell, S. E., Uyegi, L., & Coan, J. A. (2012). A developmental neuroscience of borderline pathology: Emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, and social baseline theory. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40, 21-33.

Beckes, L. & Coan, J. A. (2012). Social baseline theory and the social regulation of emotion. In L. Campbell, J. La Guardia, J. M. Olson and M. P Zanna (Eds.) The Science of the Couple (pp. 79-91). Philadelphia, Psychology Press.

Hasselmo, K., Coan, J. A, & Beckes, L. (2012). Die »Social Baseline«-Theorie und die soziale Regulierung von Emotionen. In K. H. Brisch (Ed.) Bindungen ‒ Paare, Sexualität und Kinder (pp. 22-35). Germany, Klett-Cotta.


Beckes, L. & Coan, J. A. (2011). Social baseline theory: The role of social proximity in emotion and economy of action. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, 976-988.

Steiner, A. R. W., & Coan, J. A (2011). Prefrontal asymmetry predicts affect, but not beliefs about affect. Biological Psychology, 88, 65-71.

Coan, J. A. (2011). The social regulation of emotion. In J.Decety and J. T. Cacioppo (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience (pp.614-623). New York, Oxford University Press.

Graber, E., Laurenceau, J.P, Miga, E., Chango, J., Coan, J.A. (2011). Conflict versus love: Predicting newlywed outcomes from two interaction contexts. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 541-550.

Nusslock, R., Schackman, A. J., Coan, J. A., Harmon-Jones, E., Alloy, L. B., & Abramson, L. Y. (2011). Cognitive vulnerability and frontal brain asymmetry: Common predictors of first prospective depressive episode. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 497-503.

Lobue, V., Coan, J. A., Thrasher, C. & DeLoache, J. S. (2011). Prefrontal asymmetry and parent-rated temperament in infants. PLoS One, 6, e22694. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0022694

Stewart, J.L., Coan, J.A., Towers, D.N., & Allen, J.J.B. (2011). Frontal EEG asymmetry during emotional challenge differentiates individuals with and without lifetime major depressive disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 129, 167-174.

Stewart, J. L., Towers, D. N., Coan, J. A., & Allen, J. J. B. (2011). The oft-neglected role of parietal EEG asymmetry and risk for major depressive disorder. Psychophysiology, 48, 82-95.


Accortt, E. E., Stewart, J. L., Coan, J. A., Manber, R., Allen. J. J. B. (2010). Prefrontal brain asymmetry and pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder symptomatology. Journal of Affective Disorders, 128, 178-183.

Stewart, J. L., Bismark, A. W., Towers, D. N., Coan, J. A., & Allen, J. J. B. (2010). Resting frontal EEG asymmetry as an endophenotype for depression risk: Sex-specific patterns of frontal brain asymmetry. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119, 502-512.

Lun, J., Oishi, S., Coan, J. A., Akimoto, S., *Miao, F. F. (2010). Cultural variations in motivational responses to felt misunderstanding. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 986-996.

Coan, J.A. (2010). What we talk about when we talk about emotion. Emotion Review, 2, 292-293.

Coan, J.A. (2010). Emergent ghosts of the emotion machine. Emotion Review, 2, 274-285.

Coan, J.A. (2010). Adult attachment and the brain. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 210-217.

Bismark, A. W., Moreno, F., Stewart, J. L., Towers, D. N., Coan, J. A., Oas, J., & Allen, J. J. B. (2010). Polymorphisms of the 5HT1A Allele are linked to Frontal Brain Electrical Asymmetry. Biological Psychology, 83, 153-158.


Light, S. N., Coan, J. A., Zahn-Waxler, C., Frye, C., Goldsmith, H. H., & Davidson, R. J. (2009). Empathy is associated with dynamic change in prefrontal brain electrical activity during positive emotion in children. Child Development, 80, 1210-1231.

Light, S. N., Coan, J. A., Frye, C., Goldsmith, H. H. & Davidson, R. J. (2009). Dynamic variation in pleasure in children predicts nonlinear change in lateral frontal brain electrical activity. Developmental Psychology, 45, 525-533.

Nusslock, R. Abramson, L.Y., Harmon-Jones, E., Alloy, L.B., & Coan, J.A. (2009). Psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder: Perspectives from the Behavioral Approach System (BAS) dysregulation theory. Clinical Psychology, 16, 449-469

Sherman, G. D., Haidt, J., & Coan, J. A. (2009). Viewing Cute Images Increases Behavioral Carefulness. Emotion, 9, 282-286.


Coan, J. A. (2008). Toward a neuroscience of attachment. In J. Cassidy and P. R. Shaver (Eds.) Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications, 2nd edition (pp. 241-265). New York: Guilford Press.

Coan, J. A., & Allen, J. J. B. (2008). Affective style, frontal EEG asymmetry and risk for psychopathology. Chapter to appear in T. P. Beauchaine and S. P. Hinshaw (Eds.) Child Psychopathology, Hoboken: Wiley Press.

Salomons, T. V., Coan, J. A., Hunt, S. M., Backonja, M. M., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). Assessing the impact of the “pain face”: Modulation of the pain experience by a voluntary facial display. The Journal of Pain, 9, 443-448.


Coan, J. A., & Allen, J. J. B. (2007). Organizing the tools and methods of affective science: The handbook of emotion elicitation and assessment. In J. A. Coan and J. J. B. Allen (Eds.) Handbook of Emotion Elicitation and Assessment (pp. 3-6), New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Coan, J. A. & Gottman, J. M. (2007). Sampling, experimental control and generalizability in the study of marital process models. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69, 73-80.

Coan, J. A., & Gottman, J. M. (2007). The specific affect (SPAFF) coding system. In J. A. Coan and J. J. B. Allen (Eds.) Handbook of Emotion Elicitation and Assessment (pp. 106-123), New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Norris, C. J., Coan, J. A., & Johnstone, I. T. (2007). Functional magnetic resonance imaging and the study of emotion. In J. A. Coan and J. J. B. Allen (Eds.) Handbook of Emotion Elicitation and Assessment (pp. 440-459), New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Roberts, N. A., Tsai, J. L. & Coan, J. A. (2007). Emotion elicitation using dyadic interaction tasks. In J. A. Coan and J. J. B. Allen (Eds.) Handbook of Emotion Elicitation and Assessment (pp. 106-123), New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Coan, J. A., Allen, J. J. B. & McKnight, P. E. (2006). A capability model of individual differences in frontal EEG asymmetry. Biological Psychology, 72, 198-207.

Coan, J. A., Schaefer, H. S. & Davidson, R. J. (2006). Lending a hand: Social regulation of the neural response to threat. Psychological Science, 17, 1032-1039.


Allen, J. J. B., Coan, J. A. & Nazarian, M. (2004). Issues and assumptions on the road from raw signals to metrics of frontal EEG asymmetry in emotion. Biological Psychology, 67, 183-218.

Coan, J. A. & Allen, J. J. B. (2004). Frontal EEG asymmetry as a moderator and mediator of emotion. Biological Psychology, 67, 7-49.

Allen, J.J.B., Urry, H.L., Hitt, S.K., & Coan, J.A. (2004). Stability of Resting Frontal EEG Asymmetry Across Different Clinical States of Depression. Psychophysiology, 41, 269-280.


Coan, J. A. & Allen, J. J. B. (2003). Varieties of emotional experience during voluntary emotional facial expressions. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1000, 375-379.

Coan, J.A., Allen, J.J.B (2003). Frontal EEG asymmetry and the behavioral activation and inhibition systems. Psychophysiology, 40, 106-114.

Coan, J.A., & Allen, J.J.B. (2003). The state and trait nature of frontal EEG asymmetry in emotion. Chapter to appear in K. Hugdahl and R. J. Davidson (Eds.) The Asymmetrical Brain, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Sechrest, L. & Coan, J.A. (2002). Preparing psychologists to prescribe. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58, 649-658.


Coan, J.A., Allen, J.J.B., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2001). Voluntary facial expression and hemispheric asymmetry over the frontal cortex. Psychophysiology, 38, 912-925.

Boeschen, L.E., Koss, M.E., Figuredo, A.J., & Coan, J.A. (2001). Experiential avoidance and posttraumatic stress disorder: A cognitive mediational model of rape recovery. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 4, 211-245.


Carrere, S, Buehlman, K.T., Gottman, J.M., Coan, J.A., & Ruckstuhl, L. (2000). Predicting marital stability and divorce in newlywed couples. Journal Of Marriage and Family, 14, 42-58.

Gottman, J.M., Carrere, S., Swanson, C, & Coan, J.A. (2000). Reply to “from basic research to interventions.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 62, 265-273.


Gottman, J.M., Coan, J.A., Carrere, S., & Swanson, C. (1998). Predicting marital happiness and stability from newlywed interactions. Journal of Marriage and Family, 60, 5-22.


Coan, J., Gottman, J.M., Babcock, J., & Jacobson, N. (1997). Battering and the male rejection of influence from women. Aggressive Behavior, 23, 375-388.

Coan, J.A. (1997). Lost in a shopping mall: An experience with controversial research. Ethics and Behavior, 7, 271-284.


Loftus, E.F., Coan, J.A, & Pickrell, J.E. (1996). Manufacturing false memories using bits of reality. In L. Reder (Ed.), Implicit Memory and Metacognition. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.


Coan, J. A. (2003). The heritability of trait frontal EEG asymmetry and negative emotionality: Sex differences and genetic nonadditivity. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona.