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.


Maresh, E.L., Teachman, B.A., & Coan, J.A. (in press). Are you watching me? Interacting effects of fear of negative evaluation and social context on cognitive performance Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.

Brown, C., Beckes, L., Allen, J.P, & Coan, J.A. (in press). Subjective general health and the social regulation of hypothalamic activity. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Sbarra, D.A. & Coan, J.A. (in press). Relationships and health: The critical role of affective science. Emotion Review.

Sbarra, D.A. & Coan, J.A. (2017). Divorce and health: good data in need of better theory. Current Opinion in Psychology, 13, 91-95.


Gonzalez, M.Z, Allen, J.P., & Coan, J.A. (2016). Lower neighborhood quality predicts higher mesolimbic sensitivity to reward anticipation in adulthood. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 48-57.

Coan, J. A. (2016). Toward a neuroscience of attachment. In J. Cassidy and P. R. Shaver (Eds.) Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications, 3rd edition (pp. 242-269). New York: Guilford Press.

Brown, C. & Coan, J. A. (2016). 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.


Li, F., Zhang, T., Wang, Q., Gonzalez, Z. M., Maresh, E. L., & Coan, J. A. (2015). Spatial Bayesian variable selection and grouping in high-dimensional scalar-on-image regressions. The Annals of Applied Statistics, 9, 687-713.

Gonzalez, M.Z., Beckes, L., Chango, J., Allen, J.P., & Coan, J.A. (2015). Adolescent neighborhood quality predicts adult neural response to social exclusion. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 921-928.

IJzerman, H., Janssen, J. A., & Coan, J. A. (2015). Maintaining warm, trusting relationships with brands: Increased temperature perceptions after thinking of communal brands. Plos One, 10, e0125194.

IJzerman, H., Coan, J. A., Wagemans, F., Missler, M., Van Beest, I., Lindenberg, S., and Tops, M. (2015). A theory of social thermoregulation in human primates. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 00464. 

Coan, J. A., & Sbarra, D. A. (2015). Social baseline theory: The social regulation of risk and effort. Current Opinion in Psychology, 1, 87-91.

Beckes, L. & Coan, J. A. (2015). The distress-relief dynamic in attachment bonding. In V. Zayas and C. Hazan (Eds.) Bases of Adult Attachment: From Brain to Mind to Behavior (pp. 11-33). New York, Springer Press.

Beckes, L. & Coan, J. A. (2015). Relationship neuroscience. In J. Simpson and J. Dovidio (Eds.) APA Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology, Volume 3: Interpersonal Relations (pp. 119-149). Washington, DC, APA Press.

Coan, J.A. & Gonzalez, M.Z. (2015). Emotions as emergent variables. In L.F. Barrett & J.A. Russell (Eds.), The Psychological Construction of Emotion (pp. 209-226). 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.


Beckes, L. & Coan, J. A. (2013). Toward an integrative neuroscience of relationships. Chapter to appear in J.Simpson and L.Campbell (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Close Relationships (pp. 89-104). New York, Oxford University Press.

Coan, J.A. (2013). The social regulation of emotion. In C.E. Early & A.L. Early (Eds.) Integrating the Science of Love and a Spirituality of Peace (pp. 42-59). Eugene, OR, Cascade Books.

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.