About Paul Ekman

Dr. Paul EkmanDr. Paul Ekman is a pioneer in the scientific investigation of human behaviour.
He is particularly well known for his work on human emotion and facial expression, and applications in detecting lies and truth.

He was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and New York University and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Adelphi University in 1958, after a one year internship at the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute.
After two years as a Clinical Psychology Officer in the U.S. Army, he returned to Langley Porter where he worked from 1960 to 2004. His research on facial expression and body movement began in 1954, as the subject of his Master’s thesis in 1955 and his first publication in 1957.

Over the next decade, he focused more on social psychological and cross-cultural aspects. In addition to his basic research on emotion and its expression, he has, for the last thirty years, also been studying deceit.

Currently, he is the Founder and President of the Paul Ekman Group, LLC (PEG), a company that produces training tools relevant to emotional skills, and is initiating new research relevant to national security and law enforcement.

He has established Paul Ekman International PLC under license to create a network of Licensed Delivery Centres across the world to make his work more accessible.  Lambent is one of these Licensed Centres.


Articles reporting on Dr. Ekman’s work have appeared in Time Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Psychology Today, The New Yorker and others, both American and foreign. Numerous articles about his work have also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and other national newspapers.
He has published more than 100 articles.


He has appeared on 48 Hours, Dateline, Good Morning America, 20/20, Larry King, Oprah, Johnny Carson and many other TV programs. He has also been featured on various public television programs such as News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and Bill Moyers’ The Truth About Lying.


  • Face of Man (1980),
  • Telling Lies (1985),
  • Why Kids Lie (1989),
  • Emotions Revealed, (2003),
  • Telling Lies (1985)
  • Dalai Lama-Emotional Awareness (2008)
  • New Edition Emotions Revealed (2007)

He is co-author of:

  • Emotion in the Human Face (1971),
  • Unmasking the Face (1975),
  • Facial Action Coding System (1978),

He is editor of Darwin and Facial Expression (1973)
He is the editor of the third edition (1998) and the fourth edition (2009) of Charles Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1998).
He is co-editor of Handbook of Methods in Nonverbal Behaviour Research (1982), Approaches to Emotion (1984), The Nature of Emotion (1994), What the Face Reveals (1997)

Awards and Honours

  • In 1971, he received a Research Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health; that Award has been renewed in 1976, 1981, 1987, 1991, and 1997. His research was supported by fellowships, grants and awards from the National Institute of Mental Health for over forty years.
  •  1983 Faculty Research Lecturer, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1991 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award – American Psychological Association’s highest award for basic research
  • 1994 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Chicago
  • 1998 William James Fellow Award, given by the American Psychological Society
  • 2001 Named by the American Psychological Association as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century based on publications, citations and award
  •  2008 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Adelphi University
  • 2008-present: Scientific Adviser to the FOX/Sky drama ‘Lie to Me’ based on his work/experience
  • 2009 TIME Magazine’s Top 100 most influential people of 2009

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