Paul Ekman, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology This Emotional Life - PBS

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Awards and Credentials

  1. Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, 1991
  2. William James Fellow, American Psychological Society
  3. Honorary degrees from University of Chicago and University of Geneva

Paul Ekman, Ph.D.


Dr. Ekman is a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco. He has been conducting research on nonverbal behavior since 1956, with his first scientific report published in 1957. He began his research on facial expressions in 1969, and published his first article on deception in the same year. He has authored or edited 15 books; the three most recent are Emotions Revealed, Emotional Awareness, coauthored with the Dalai Lama, and most recently, Telling Lies, 4th edition.

Dr. Ekman directs a small business that consults with government agencies and private organizations on law enforcement and antiterror. He also provides tools that individuals can use to train themselves in understanding facial expressions of emotion on his website, He is the scientific advisor for a Fox TV dramatic series Lie to Me, which is based on his research. His commentaries on each TV program can be found on