James Green

Professor Emeritus

Psychological Sciences

Department Head, 2011-2022

Co-Director, Infancy Laboratory, University of Connecticut


Ph.D., 1979, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

My research falls under the broad heading of social development, that is, the origins and determinants of interactions and relationships with other people. I am particularly interested in observational methods and the analysis of dyadic interactions. Topics include:

  • Early social development
  • Prelinguistic communication
  • Crying
  • Quantitative methods


Developmental Psychology, Principles of Research, Advanced Social Development, Infancy and the Effects of Early Experience



Green, J. A. and Gustafson, G. E. (in press). Â Crying. In H. Montgomery (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. New York: Oxford University Press.Barr, R. G., Fairbrother, N., Pauwels, J., Green, J. A., Chen, M., & Brant, R. (2014). Maternal frustration, emotional and behavioural responses to prolonged infant crying. Infant Behavior and Development, 37, 652-664.

Green, J. A., Whitney, P. G., & Potegal, M. (2011). Screaming, yelling, whining, and crying: Categorical and intensity differences in vocal expressions of anger and sadness in children’s tantrums. Emotion,11, 1124-1133.

Whitney, P. G., & Green, J. A. (2011). Changes in infants affect related to the onset of independent locomotion. Infant Behavior and Development, 34, 459-466.

Green J. A., and Gustafson, G. E. (2011). Prelinguistic communication. In P. C. Hogan (Ed.), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language Sciences (pp 179-180). Cambridge University Press.

Green, J. A., Whitney, P., and Gustafson, G. E. (2010). Vocal expressions of anger. In M. Potegal, G. Stemmler, & C. Spielberger (Eds.), International Handbook of Anger (pp. 138-156). New York: Springer.


Chen, X., Green, J. A., & Gustafson, G. E. (2009). Development of vocal protests from 3 to 18 months. Infancy, 14, 44-59.2. Barr, R. G., Hopkins, B., & Green, J. A. (2000). Crying as a sign, a symptom, and a signal: Clinical, emotional, and developmental aspects of infant and toddler crying. London: MacKeith Press.

Green, J. A., & Gustafson, G. E. (1997). Perspectives on an ecological approach to social communicative development in infancy. In C. Dent-Read and P. Zukow-Goldring (Eds.), Evolving explanations of development: Ecological approaches to organism-environment systems (pp. 515-546). Arlington, VA: American Psychological Association.

James Green
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Mailing AddressUnit 1020
Office LocationBousfield 102