Mary Kayyal


Mary Kayyal, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor


Curriculum Vitae



Liberal Arts 349


2014Boston CollegePhD
2009Boston CollegeMA
2006Boston CollegeBA


  • Statistics in Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Culture and Emotion





Introduction to the College of Arts and Sciences. This course facilitates a smooth transition to college life through academic and life skills enhancement and the development of enduring relationships between students, faculty and advisors, and classmates. Topics include utilizing campus resources, the importance of co-curricular activities, time management, reading and notetaking, information literacy, and career and major/minor exploration.

An introduction to analysis of quantitative data in psychology, including probability, descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, analysis of variance and data analysis by computer.

A critical examination of theoretical and empirical literature in moral psychology. Topics include definitions of morality, the development of moral cognition, the role of various aspects of the human experience on moral judgments, the relationship between moral psychology and other areas. The course will emphasize the development of reading, oral, and writing skills. 

Student develops and executes an independent research thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor. Graded A-F.


Research interests

  • Emotion Perception
  • Emotion and Moral Judgments
  • Development of emotion categories across cultures

Select publications

See curriculum vitae for more publications

  • Kayyal, M.H. & Russell, J.A. (2013).
    Language and Emotion: Certain English-Arabic Translations Are Not Equivalent
    Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 32, 261-271.
  • Kayyal, M.H. & Russell, J.A. (2013).
    Americans and Palestinians Judge Spontaneous Facial Expressions of Emotion
    Emotion, 13, 891-904.
  • Kayyal, M.H. & Widen, S.C. (2013).
    Monsters and Growling Dogs: A Dual-Source Theory of the Child's Concept of Fear
    Psychological Topics, 2, 367-382.