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RESEARCHER ON EMOTION: Love To Learn

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Ursula is psychologist who has a doctoral degree (PhD) and is doing research on emotion. She is specifically investigating how people express emotions through facial expressions. Part of her job includes writing and publishing articles based on her research. Ursula says academic research can be very rewarding as well as challenging. Her career path has lead her to conduct research in university settings across Europe and in California.

Degree: Psychology
Job Title: Post Doctoral Researcher
Employer: University of Geneva

Job Summary: Psychologists, All Other

Job Description

Psychologists study mental processes and human behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people (and in some cases animals) relate to one another and the environment.

On-the-Job Training

Minimal.

Certification Requirement
Practicing psychology or using the title of “psychologist” requires licensure or certification.

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Average salary
Average salary
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$40,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills

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m='15350'>emotion.</span> </p><p><span m='15790'>So</span> <span m='16230'>a</span> <span m='16440'>typical</span> <span m='16830'>day</span> <span m='17120'>for</span> <span m='17380'>me</span> <span m='17630'>would</span> <span m='17860'>start</span> <span m='18370'>with,</span> <span m='19930'>yeah,</span> <span m='20130'>of</span> <span m='20260'>course,</span> <span m='20590'>checking</span> <span m='20910'>emails</span> <span m='21390'>and</span> <span m='21560'>see</span> <span m='21820'>what's</span> <span m='22460'>going</span> <span m='22750'>on</span> <span m='22930'>out</span> <span m='23110'>there</span> <span m='23410'>but</span> <span m='23610'>then</span> <span m='24130'>try</span> <span m='24480'>to</span> <span m='26720'>maybe</span> <span m='27000'>read</span> <span m='27180'>some</span> <span m='27590'>literature</span> <span m='28390'>on</span> <span m='28710'>the</span> <span m='28800'>topic</span> <span m='29100'>that</span> <span m='29260'>I'm</span> <span m='29770'>doing</span> <span m='30270'>right</span> <span m='30500'>now</span> <span m='30710'>on</span> <span m='30880'>research.</span> <span m='31500'>I'm</span> <span m='31570'>mainly</span> <span m='32130'>working</span> <span m='32500'>on</span> <span m='32720'>humor</span> <span m='33070'>and</span> <span m='33220'>laughter</span> <span m='33740'>and</span> <span m='34550'>lately</span> <span m='34810'>also</span> <span m='35250'>on</span> <span m='36230'>music</span> <span m='36630'>and</span> <span m='36770'>emotions.</span> <span m='37380'>And</span> <span m='37560'>there's</span> <span m='37830'>a</span> <span m='37870'>lot</span> <span m='38110'>to</span> <span m='38220'>learn</span> <span m='38960'>if</span> <span m='39820'>you</span> <span m='39990'>look</span> <span m='40170'>into</span> <span m='41370'>research</span> <span m='41580'>articles</span> <span m='42970'>of</span> <span m='43120'>work</span> <span m='43360'>that</span> <span m='43510'>other</span> <span m='43690'>people</span> <span m='44010'>did.</span> </p><p><span m='44580'>And</span> <span m='44720'>then</span> <span m='45070'>you</span> <span m='45220'>can</span> <span m='45440'>do</span> <span m='45900'>your</span> <span m='46100'>own</span> <span m='46630'>research.</span> <span m='47140'>You</span> <span m='47400'>collect</span> <span m='47850'>data,</span> <span m='48260'>you</span> <span m='48320'>will</span> <span m='48510'>maybe--</span> <span m='50990'>in</span> <span m='51210'>my</span> <span m='51380'>case,</span> <span m='51800'>I'm</span> <span m='52460'>researching</span> <span m='53080'>emotional</span> <span m='53500'>expressions.</span> <span m='54420'>So</span> <span m='54620'>I</span> <span m='54730'>will</span> <span m='55280'>look</span> <span m='55530'>into</span> <span m='55790'>a</span> <span m='55910'>facial</span> <span m='56240'>expressions</span> <span m='56780'>of</span> <span m='56880'>people</span> <span m='57430'>when</span> <span m='57720'>they</span> <span m='58320'>have</span> <span m='58550'>some</span> <span m='58780'>emotion</span> <span m='59150'>going</span> <span m='59400'>on</span> <span m='59620'>or</span> <span m='60430'>vocal</span> <span m='60690'>expression</span> <span m='61080'>of</span> <span m='61210'>emotion.</span> <span m='62030'>What</span> <span m='62200'>is</span> <span m='62650'>in</span> <span m='62730'>the</span> <span m='62800'>voice,</span> <span m='63320'>why</span> <span m='63580'>do</span> <span m='63700'>we</span> <span m='64379'>hear</span> <span m='64709'>from</span> <span m='64980'>a</span> <span m='65019'>voice,</span> <span m='65440'>and</span> <span m='65550'>what</span> <span m='65700'>emotion</span> <span m='66330'>state</span> <span m='67180'>a</span> <span m='67240'>person</span> <span m='67660'>is,</span> <span m='68370'>things</span> <span m='68590'>like</span> <span m='68800'>that.</span> <span m='69180'>And then</span> <span m='69530'>I will</span> <span m='69640'>try</span> <span m='69920'>to</span> <span m='70170'>make</span> <span m='70390'>sense</span> <span m='70600'>of</span> <span m='70720'>those</span> <span m='70920'>data</span> <span m='71140'>and</span> <span m='71810'>try</span> <span m='72040'>to</span> <span m='72600'>write</span> <span m='72840'>it</span> <span m='72940'>up</span> <span m='73090'>as</span> <span m='73250'>an</span> <span m='73380'>article</span> <span m='73860'>and</span> <span m='74010'>try</span> <span m='74220'>to</span> <span m='74340'>publish</span> <span m='74720'>it.</span> <span m='75490'>That's</span> <span m='75710'>basically</span> <span m='76150'>what</span> <span m='76290'>I</span> <span m='76400'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='76630'>Well,</span> <span m='76840'>I</span> <span m='77160'>went</span> <span m='77370'>to</span> <span m='77470'>high</span> <span m='77660'>school.</span> <span m='78720'>I</span> <span m='78820'>went</span> <span m='79050'>to</span> <span m='79340'>undergrad</span> <span m='79780'>school</span> <span m='80210'>after</span> <span m='80450'>that</span> <span m='80810'>in</span> <span m='81280'>Austria</span> <span m='81690'>in</span> <span m='81790'>Graz.</span> <span m='82070'>I'm</span> <span m='82160'>Austrian.</span> <span m='84380'>And</span> <span m='84900'>did</span> <span m='85100'>my</span> <span m='85240'>master's</span> <span m='85640'>thesis</span> <span m='86040'>there</span> <span m='88640'>on</span> <span m='88850'>emotion,</span> <span m='89320'>on</span> <span m='89410'>emotional</span> <span m='89960'>intelligence.</span> <span m='90660'>It</span> <span m='90790'>started</span> <span m='91150'>there</span> <span m='91490'>when</span> <span m='91700'>I</span> <span m='91790'>got</span> <span m='91990'>interested</span> <span m='92400'>in</span> <span m='92480'>facial</span> <span m='92790'>expression</span> <span m='93530'>and</span> <span m='94800'>how</span> <span m='95160'>do</span> <span m='95280'>people</span> <span m='95610'>show</span> <span m='96370'>emotion</span> <span m='96760'>in</span> <span m='96870'>their</span> <span m='97030'>face,</span> <span m='97370'>which</span> <span m='97550'>is</span> <span m='97630'>something</span> <span m='97960'>that</span> <span m='98110'>I</span> <span m='98180'>really</span> <span m='98470'>always</span> <span m='98790'>liked.</span> </p><p><span m='99020'>I</span> <span m='99100'>always</span> <span m='99500'>also</span> <span m='99740'>liked</span> <span m='100010'>to</span> <span m='100400'>look</span> <span m='100750'>at</span> <span m='100860'>portraits</span> <span m='101330'>of</span> <span m='101480'>people.</span> <span m='102325'>It's</span> <span m='103570'>nice.</span> <span m='103990'>It's a</span> <span m='104410'>nice</span> <span m='104790'>way</span> <span m='105010'>of</span> <span m='105190'>conveying</span> <span m='105630'>emotions.</span> <span m='105945'>It's</span> <span m='106260'>also</span> <span m='106500'>sometimes</span> <span m='107130'>threatening,</span> <span m='107560'>of</span> <span m='107660'>course,</span> <span m='108130'>if the</span> <span m='108230'>other</span> <span m='108360'>person</span> <span m='109300'>is</span> <span m='109700'>angry</span> <span m='110180'>also.</span> <span m='110500'>But yeah,</span> <span m='110940'>it's</span> <span m='111170'>very</span> <span m='111340'>interesting.</span> </p><p><span m='112350'>Then</span> <span m='112540'>I</span> <span m='112620'>did</span> <span m='112820'>my</span> <span m='113020'>Ph.D.</span> <span m='114270'>in</span> <span m='114480'>Zurich,</span> <span m='114860'>in</span> <span m='114950'>Switzerland.</span> <span m='117010'>It</span> <span m='117090'>took</span> <span m='117310'>me</span> <span m='118830'>five and a</span> <span m='119220'>half</span> <span m='119550'>years.</span> <span m='121160'>And</span> <span m='121380'>then</span> <span m='121630'>I</span> <span m='122380'>went</span> <span m='123000'>to</span> <span m='123150'>Berlin</span> <span m='123570'>for</span> <span m='123640'>half</span> <span m='123890'>a</span> <span m='123960'>year.</span> <span m='124250'>Did</span> <span m='124340'>the</span> <span m='124570'>temporary</span> <span m='125060'>position</span> <span m='125480'>there</span> <span m='125780'>in</span> <span m='125890'>a</span> <span m='125940'>field</span> <span m='126350'>outside</span> <span m='126750'>of</span> <span m='126810'>emotion.</span> <span m='127350'>And</span> <span m='127530'>then</span> <span m='127700'>I</span> <span m='127820'>went</span> <span m='128009'>to</span> <span m='128090'>Berkeley.</span> <span m='129539'>And</span> <span m='129680'>now</span> <span m='129860'>I</span> <span m='129960'>just</span> <span m='130250'>moved</span> <span m='130560'>to</span> <span m='131650'>Geneva,</span> <span m='132180'>and</span> <span m='132610'>I'm</span> <span m='133120'>doing</span> <span m='133380'>research</span> <span m='134050'>in</span> <span m='134480'>Geneva,</span> <span m='134760'>also</span> <span m='135550'>on</span> <span m='135870'>music</span> <span m='136230'>and</span> <span m='136390'>emotions</span> <span m='136920'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='137760'>What</span> <span m='137950'>would</span> <span m='138080'>have</span> <span m='138230'>been</span> <span m='138410'>good</span> <span m='138640'>to</span> <span m='138870'>know</span> <span m='139230'>beforehand</span> <span m='140470'>is</span> <span m='144490'>if</span> <span m='144670'>you</span> <span m='145030'>start</span> <span m='145380'>with</span> <span m='145570'>an</span> <span m='145680'>academic</span> <span m='146130'>career</span> <span m='146550'>like</span> <span m='146720'>on</span> <span m='146830'>university</span> <span m='147420'>doing</span> <span m='147650'>research,</span> <span m='148150'>doing</span> <span m='148390'>the</span> <span m='148470'>Ph.D.,</span> <span m='150340'>it's</span> <span m='150710'>a</span> <span m='150760'>lot</span> <span m='151060'>of</span> <span m='151190'>work.</span> <span m='151520'>It's</span> <span m='151670'>not</span> <span m='152040'>only</span> <span m='152470'>always</span> <span m='153140'>funny</span> <span m='154300'>even</span> <span m='154870'>if</span> <span m='155080'>you</span> <span m='155200'>do</span> <span m='155340'>humor</span> <span m='155730'>research.</span> <span m='155870'>It's</span> <span m='156145'>not</span> <span m='156420'>always</span> <span m='156800'>funny.</span> <span m='158414'>It's</span> <span m='158871'>hard</span> <span m='159330'>work,</span> <span m='159900'>but</span> <span m='160520'>it's</span> <span m='160580'>also</span> <span m='161160'>really</span> <span m='161460'>rewarding.</span> </p><p><span m='162060'>You</span> <span m='162340'>need</span> <span m='162510'>to</span> <span m='162600'>be</span> <span m='162730'>patient,</span> <span m='163160'>though,</span> <span m='163420'>because</span> <span m='164130'>sometimes</span> <span m='164650'>your</span> <span m='164800'>progress</span> <span m='165220'>is</span> <span m='165370'>really</span> <span m='165590'>slow.</span> <span m='165990'>And</span> <span m='166140'>it</span> <span m='166190'>will</span> <span m='166360'>be</span> <span m='166540'>hard</span> <span m='166830'>sometimes,</span> <span m='167330'>too.</span> <span m='168080'>You</span> <span m='168590'>are</span> <span m='168800'>in</span> <span m='169400'>year</span> <span m='169650'>three,</span> <span m='170110'>and</span> <span m='170240'>you</span> <span m='170610'>have</span> <span m='170830'>got</span> <span m='171120'>maybe</span> <span m='171450'>three years</span> <span m='171930'>more</span> <span m='172130'>to</span> <span m='172240'>go.</span> <span m='172540'>And</span> <span m='173150'>it's</span> <span m='173400'>hard</span> <span m='173620'>sometimes.</span> </p><p><span m='174200'>But</span> <span m='174450'>it's</span> <span m='174650'>also,</span> <span m='175250'>once</span> <span m='175470'>you</span> <span m='175600'>are</span> <span m='175780'>through,</span> <span m='176090'>it's</span> <span m='176270'>really</span> <span m='176460'>great.</span> <span m='176810'>And</span> <span m='177040'>it's</span> <span m='177270'>really</span> <span m='177460'>interesting.</span> <span m='177806'>It's</span> <span m='178152'>really</span> <span m='178790'>rewardful</span> <span m='179410'>to</span> <span m='179530'>do</span> <span m='180470'>the</span> <span m='180560'>research.</span> <span m='181020'>And</span> <span m='181320'>I</span> <span m='181760'>really</span> <span m='182030'>love</span> <span m='182220'>to</span> <span m='182340'>learn.</span> <span m='182610'>I</span> <span m='182750'>really</span> <span m='183310'>love</span> <span m='183670'>to</span> <span m='185290'>learn</span> <span m='185530'>about</span> <span m='186180'>things</span> <span m='186610'>and</span> <span m='186760'>about</span> <span m='187000'>how</span> <span m='187255'>emotions</span> <span m='187650'>work.</span> <span m='187950'>So</span> <span m='188280'>that's</span> <span m='188510'>really</span> <span m='188690'>great.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265716,"video_id":"2708113025001","name":"71775962","duration":189333,"thumbnail_url":null}});