Robert Levenson, professor of psychology, University of California, Berkeley, discusses the basic affective science perspective of emotion and music.
Robert W. Levenson received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University in clinical psychology. He is currently a professor in the department of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He currently serves as the director of the Institute for Personality and Social Research and of the clinical science program. He studies human emotion, focusing on the organization of physiological, behavioral, and subjective systems, the ways that these systems are impacted by neuropathology, normal aging, and culture, and the role that emotions play in the maintenance and disruption of committed relationships. He also is an avid musician, playing in several Bay Area jazz and rock bands and serving as conductor and musical director of the Albany Jazz Band.