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Daniel McIntosh

Daniel McIntosh

I study emotions and coping, using survey, laboratory, and psychophysiological methods and typical and clinical (e.g., people with autism, depression, Williams syndrome) populations to understand phenomena in these domains.

In my coping research, I study how social and cognitive resources influence emotional adjustment, broadly defined. I am particularly interested in responses to traumatic events, uncontrollability, or high levels of stress, and the role of religion.

In my emotions research, I examine basic interpersonal processes in emotion. Specifically, I focus on mimicry, facial feedback, emotion perception processes, and empathy. I examine these processes in typical populations, and evaluate the functional consequences of deficits in such processes by studying atypical populations as well (e.g., people with autism, conduct disorder, Williams syndrome, sensory processing disorder).

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Person Perception

Research Group or Laboratory:


Journal Articles:

  • McIntosh, D.N. (2006). Spontaneous facial mimicry, liking and emotional contagion. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 37, 31-42
  • McIntosh, D. N. (1996). Facial feedback hypotheses: Evidence, implications, and directions. Motivation and Emotion, 20, 121-147.
  • McIntosh, D. N. (1995). Religion as schema, with implications for the relation between religion and coping. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 5, 1-16.
  • McIntosh, D. N., Miller, L. J., Shyu, V., & Hagerman, R. J. (1999). Sensory-modulation disruption, electrodermal responses, and functional behaviors. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 41, 608-615.
  • McIntosh, D. N., Reichmann-Decker, A., Winkielman, P., & Wilbarger, J. L. (2006). When the social mirror breaks: Deficits in automatic, but not voluntary mimicry of emotional facial expressions in autism. Developmental Science, 9, 295-302.
  • McIntosh, D. N., Silver, R. C., & Wortman, C. B. (1993). Religion's role in adjustment to a negative life event: Coping with the loss of a child. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 812-821.
  • Moody, E. J., McIntosh, D. N., Mann, L. J., & Weisser, K. R. (2007). More than mere mimicry? The influence of emotion on rapid facial reactions to faces. Emotion, 7, 447-457.
  • Newton, A. T., & McIntosh, D. N. (2010) Specific religious beliefs in a cognitive appraisal model of stress and coping. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 20, 39-58.
  • Rhoades, G. K., McIntosh, D. N., Wadsworth, M. E., Ahlkvist, J. A., Burwell, R. A., Gudmundsen, G. R., Raviv, T., & Rea, J. G. (2007). Forgiving the September 11th terrorists: Associations with coping, distress, and religion. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 20, 109-128.
  • Rutherford, M. D., & McIntosh, D. N. (2007). Rules versus prototype matching: Strategies of perception of emotional facial expressions in the autism spectrum. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37,187-196.
  • Zajonc, R. B., & McIntosh, D. N. (1992). Emotions research: Some promising questions, some questionable promises. Psychological Science, 3, 70-74.

Other Publications:

  • McIntosh, D. N., Sedek, G., Fojas, S., Brzezicka-Rotkiewicz, A., & Kofta, M. (2005). Cognitive performance after preexposure to uncontrollability and in a depressive state: Going with a simpler "Plan B." In R. W. Engle, G. Sedek, U. von Hecker, & D. N. McIntosh (Eds.), Cognitive limitations in aging and psychopathology (pp. 219-246). NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Moody, E. J., & McIntosh, D. N. (2006). Mimicry and autism: Bases and consequences of rapid, automatic matching behavior. In S. J. Rogers & J. Williams (Eds.), Imitation and the social mind: Autism and typical development (pp. 71-95). NY: Guilford Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Proseminar in Emotion
  • Proseminar in Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology in Everyday Life
  • Studying the Social Animal

Daniel McIntosh
Department of Psychology
University of Denver
2155 South Race Street
Denver, Colorado 80208
United States

  • Phone: (303) 871-3712
  • Fax: (303) 871-4747

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