Brian Parkinson is Professor of Social Psychology in the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford. Holder of a PhD in Psychology from the University of Manchester, before his present appointment he worked in a number of UK universities including Liverpool, Sheffield, Leicester, and Brunel. His research focuses on the interpersonal effects and functions of emotions, including social referencing, emotion contagion, and interpersonal emotion regulation. A tenet of his work is that the emotions configure our relationships with other people and regulate their orientations towards objects and events. His latest book, Heart to Heart: How Your Emotions Affect Other People, joins a list of titles including Ideas and Realities of Emotion and Emotion in Social Relations. Co-editor of the series Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction, he has also served as editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Social Psychology among other editorial positions.