James W. Kalat received his B.A. degree from Duke University, Summa Cum Laude, and then continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Ph.D. in psychology under the supervision of Paul Rozin. Currently, Dr. Kalat is at North Carolina State University where he is a professor of psychology, teaching both introductory psychology and biological psychology. In addition to having authored the best selling biological psychology text, Dr. Kalat is the author of INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY, 9th Edition (Wadsworth, 2011) and has published articles on a variety of diverse topics such as taste aversion learning and on the teaching of introductory psychology. A talented and frequently requested speaker, Kalat receives rave reviews wherever he presents, including the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology and the Texas Community College Teachers Association.
Dr. Michelle N. Shiota received her B. A. degree with honors from Stanford University in 1994. In 2003, she earned a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, under the supervision of Dacher Keltner and Oliver P. John. Currently, Dr. Shiota is affiliated with UC Berkeley's Institute for Personality and Social Research. Her research emphasizes functional differentiation among the positive emotions, and the role of positive emotion in emotion regulation.