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Yulia Chentsova Dutton

Yulia Chentsova Dutton

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I study the cultural shaping of emotion and supportive reactions to negative emotions. I aim, on one hand, to identify the processes by which cultural ideas and practices shape conceptualization of emotion, emotional experience and expression and, on the other, to apply this knowledge to our understanding of emotional distress. I am interested in how cultural tendencies and situational factors interact to shape the physiological, subjective, and expressive aspects of emotional responding in healthy and clinical populations. I am also interested in understanding cultural models of supportive reactions to negative emotions. My current research has focused on trying to answer these questions: How are emotions associated with self-relevant cues across cultural groups? Does the influence of major depression on emotional responding differ as a function of culture? Does culture shape supportive reactions to expressed negative emotions and their effectiveness?

Primary Interests:

  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Nonverbal Behavior

Research Group or Laboratory:

Journal Articles:

  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y.E., Tsai, J.L., & Gotlib, I. (2010). Further evidence for the cultural norm hypothesis: Positive emotion in depressed and control European Americans and Asian Americans. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16, 284-295.
  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y.E., Chu, J.P., Tsai, J.L., Rottenberg, J., Gross, J., & Gotlib, I.H. (2007). Depression and emotional reactivity: Variation among Asian Americans and European Americans. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116, 776-785.
  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y.E., & Tsai, J.L. (2010). Self-focused attention and emotional response: The role of culture. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 507-19.
  • Tsai, J. L., Chentsova-Dutton, Y., Freire-Bebeau, L., & Przymus, D. E. (2002). Emotional expression and physiology in European Americans and Hmong Americans. Emotion, 2, 380-397.
  • Tsai, J. L., & Chentsova-Dutton, Y. (2003). Variation among European Americans in emotional facial expression. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 34, 650-657.
  • Ryder, A.G., Ban, L.M., & Chentsova-Dutton, Y.E. (2011). Towards a cultural-clinical psychology. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, 960-975.
  • Krueger, R. F., Chentsova-Dutton, Y. E., Markon, K. E., Goldberg, D., & Ormel, J. (2003). A cross-cultural study of the structure of comorbidity among common psychopathological syndromes in the general health care setting. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 437-447.
  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y.E., & Vaughn, A. (2011). Let me tell you what to do: cultural differences in advice-giving. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 687-703.
  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y.E., & Dzokoto, V. (2014). Listen to your heart: The cultural shaping of interoceptive awareness and accuracy. Emotion, 14, 666-678.

Other Publications:

  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y., & Heath, C. (2007). Cultural evolution: Why are some cultural variants more successful than others? In M. Schaller & A. Norenzayan (Eds.), Culture and evolution.

Courses Taught:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Emotion and Psychopathology Seminar
  • Theories of Personality

Yulia Chentsova Dutton
Department of Psychology
White Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University
3700 O Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20057
United States of America

  • Phone: (202) 687-3639
  • Fax: (202) 687-6050

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