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University of Haifa

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The Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Emotions, founded in 1998, aims to further systematic, integrative, and in-depth understanding of feelings. Research will synthesize work in a wide array of disciplines: philosophical and literary analysis, anthropological observation, psychological and psychiatric research and experimentation, biological investigation and physiological assessment, historical inquiry, and artistic investigation. Behavioral and humanistic research will complement each other in the effort to illuminate the causes, determinants, and consequences of emotional expression and behavior in a variety of social and cultural contexts. The research group attached to HUMAINE focuses on two topics - an integrative framework for describing emotions; and emotions on the Internet. The group aims to investigate whether an emotion can be considered as a general mode (or style) of the mental system. The integrative framework will then be applied to describing emotions in cyberspace. The present project focuses upon a few central emotions that occur in cyberspace, and in particular romantic love and sexual desire. The nature of these emotions in cyberspace will be examined and compared to their counterparts in offline circumstances.

Professor Aaron Ben-Ze'ev is full Professor and Rector of the University of Haifa. He is considered to be one of the leading world experts in the research of emotions. He is co-founder of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Emotions at the University of Haifa. His research focuses upon the philosophy of mind and especially upon the research of perception and emotions. He has written many books and articles on these topics including: The Subtlety of Emotions (MIT Press, 2000) and his latest book Love Online: Emotions on the Internet (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003). He has served as Dean of Research, Head of the Haifa University Press and Head of the Academic Broadcasts.

Dr. Shlomo Hareli is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Business and the Department of Human Services and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Psychology of the University of Haifa. He is also an active member of the Interdisciplinary Research of Emotions at the University of Haifa and the International Society of Research on Emotions. Dr. Hareli’s research focus is on the role of emotions in social processes such as social judgments and persuasion and with the function of emotions.

Shay S. Tzafrir is a lecturer in the Department of Human Services at the University of Haifa. He received his Ph.D. in Behavioral Science from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, having also received his M.Sc. in Behavioral Science from the Technion. He earned a B.A, M.A. as well as his L.L.B in Political Science from the University of Haifa. His current research interest includes the role emotions play in various organizational factors such as, trust, strategic human resource management and organizational performance. His articles have been published in journals such as Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, and others.

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