Gerald Clore

Commonwealth Professor of Psychology

Office Address

109B Gilmer Hall


I study emotion, asking questions about what emotions are, how they arise, and what they are for. In general, emotions are emergent affective states that arise when the same kind of goodness or badness is registered at the same time in multiple embodied ways. Our research examines the roles that affective reactions play in cognition and perception, including attention, judgment, memory, and thought. Much of what people do and decide in everyday life depends on what they feel. And in psychology, many of the textbook phenomena in cognitive psychology turn out to have an affective trigger. Additionally, we are interested in the role of emotion in art and other aesthetic experiences.


  • Martin, L. L. & Clore, G. L. (Eds). (2001). Theories of Mood and Cognition: A User's Guidebook. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Ortony, A., Clore, G. L., & Collins, A. (1988). The cognitive structure of emotions. New York: Cambridge University Press (reprinted 1999)
  • in press 2012 Articles & Chapters:
  • Sherman, G.D., Haidt, J., & Clore, G.L. (in press). The faintest speck of dirt: Disgust enhances impurity detection. Psychological Science.
  • Solak, N., Jost, J. T., Sumer, N., & Clore, G.L. (in press). Rage against the machine: The case for system-level emotions. Social and Personality Psychology Compass.
  • Koo, M., Clore, G.L., Kim, J., & Choi, I. (2012). Affective facilitation and inhibition of cultural influences on reasoning. Cognition and Emotion, 26, 680-689.
  • Clore, G.L. & Robinson, M.D. (2012). Five new ideas about emotion and their implications for social-personality psychology. In K. Deaux & M. Snyder (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology (pp. 315-336). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2011 Articles & Chapter

  • Storbeck, J. & Clore, G. L. (2011). Affect influences false memories at  encoding: Evidence from recognition data. Emotion, 11, 981-989.
  • Riener, C. R.,Stefanucci, J.K., Proffitt, D.R., & Clore, G. (2011). An effect of mood on the perception of geographical slant. Cognition and Emotion, 25,174-182.
  • Hunsinger, M., Isbell, L.M., & Clore, G.L. (2011). Sometimes happy people focus on the trees and sad people focus on the forest: Context-dependent effects of mood in impression formation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 220-232. DOI: 10.1177/0146167211424166
  • Huntsinger, J. R. & Clore, G. L. (2011). Emotion and social metacognition. In, P. Briñol and K. DeMarree (Eds.), Social Metacognition (pp. 199-217). Psychology Press: New York.
  • Clore, G. L. (2011). Thrilling thoughts: How changing your mind intensifies your emotions. In R. Arkin (Ed.) Most Underappreciated: 50 Prominent Social Psychologists Talk About Hidden Gems (pp. 67-71). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-977818-8
  • Clore, G. L. (2011). Psychology and the rationality of emotion. Modern Theology, 27, 325-338.
  • Zadra, J.R. & Clore, G.L. (2011). Emotion and perception: The role of affective information. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science. Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons. DOI: 10.1002/wcs.147


  • APS William James Award for Lifetime Intellectual Contributions to the Science of Psychology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation Study Center, Bellagio Italy
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • Commonwealth Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia
  • Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois