RESEARCH INTERESTS

Michelle focuses primarily on human emotion in her research. She looks particularly at cultural similarities and differences in the description of affect, a defense of the bipolarity thesis that pleasure is the opposite of displeasure, the development of a 12-point circumplex model in English and Chinese, a method relating two circumplex models in social-personality research, and the relativity of emotion judgments. Her secondary interest is in the usefulness of personality in profiling different cultures, studying national stereotypes, and predicting social behaviors including academic achievement.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Yik, M., Wong, K. F. E., & Zeng, K. J.  (2019). Anchoring-and-adjustment during affect inferences. Frontiers in Psychology, 9.
  • Kuppens, P., Tuerlinckx, F., Yik, M., Koval, P., Coosemans, J., Zeng, K. J., & Russell, J. A. (2017). The relation between valence and arousal in subjective experience varies with personality and culture. Journal of Personality, 85, 530-542.
  • Yik, M., Russell, J. A., & Steiger, J. H. (2011). A 12-point circumplex structure of core affect. Emotion, 11, 705-731.
  • Yik, M., (2010). How unique is Chinese emotion? In M. H. Bond (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of Chinese psychology (2nd ed., pp. 205-220). Hong Kong: Oxford University Press.
  • Yik, M. (2009). Studying affect among the Chinese: The circular way. Journal of Personality Assessment, 91, 416-428.

CURRENT PROJECTS

(1) Valence and Arousal Project

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(2) Diary Project


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