Andrew Ortony

Andrew Ortony

Andrew Ortony

Andrew Ortony

Professor Emeritus, Learning Sciences
Annenberg Hall
Room 110
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (847) 467-3813
Fax: (847) 491-8999


Andrew Ortony is a professor emeritus of education, psychology and computer science. He is a cognitive scientist whose three primary research areas are (1) emotion, especially the relation between emotion, cognition, behavior and personality, (2) computational social cognition and (3) metaphor, especially the relation between knowledge representation and the processes involved in the production and comprehension of metaphors. Ancillary interests include implications of emotion research for Artificial Intelligence and for interface design. His books include The Cognitive Structure of Emotions and a landmark edited volume, Metaphor and Thought. Ortony serves or has served on the editorial boards of Cognition & Emotion, Emotion Review, Computational Intelligence, Discourse Processes, Instructional Science, The Journal of the Learning Sciences and Metaphor and Symbol. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, a charter fellow of the American Psychological Society, and a member of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Cognitive Science Society, and the International Society for Research on Emotion.



Year Degree Institution
1972 PhD, Computer Science University of London
1966 MA, Philosophy University of Edinburgh

Selected Publications

Ortony, A., Revelle, W. & Zinbarg, R. (2007). Why Emotional Intelligence needs a fluid component in Matthews, G., Zeidner, M. & Roberts, R.D., The science of Emotional Intelligence. Oxford University Press.

Norman, D. A. & Ortony, A. (2006). Designers and users: Two perspectives on emotion and design in S. Bagnara & G. Crampton Smith, Theories and practice in interaction design Erlbaum.

Ortony, A., Norman, D. A. & Revelle, W. (2005). The role of affect and proto-affect in effective functioning. in Fellous, J-M & Arbib, M.A., Who needs emotions: The brain meets the machine. Oxford University Press.

Ortony, A. (2003). On making believable emotional agants believable in R. Trappl, P. Petta, & S. Payr, Emotions in humans and artifacts MIT Press.

Clore, G.L. & Ortony, A. (2000). Cognition in Emotion: Always, sometimes, or never? in L. Nadel, R. Lane, & G.L. Ahern, The cognitive neuroscience of emotion  Oxford University Press.

Ortony, A. & Turner, T.J. (1990). What's basic about emotions?. Psychological review: 97, 315-331.

Ortony, A., Clore, G.L. & Collins, A. (1988). The cognitive structure of emotions. Cambridge University Press.

A. Ortony (1979). Metaphor and thought. Cambridge University Press.

Selected Presentations

Andrew Ortony (2007). HUMAINE Workshop Keynote Speaker. Keynote Speaker, HUMAINE Workshop on Conceptualizing Emotions, Haifa, Israel.

Ortony, A. (2006). Invited colloquium speaker. Talk at the Center for Computational Intelligence, and to the Learning Sciences and Technology Academic Group, both of Nanyang Technological University. Singapore.

Ortony, A. (2006). Keynote Address. Address at an interdisciplinary Cognitive Systems Workshop for the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore (analogous to US NSF). Singapore.

Ortony, A. (2005). Keynote address at ACII2005 (International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction). Beijing, China (People's Republic).

Ortony, A. (2005). Invited paper at the Biannual Symposium on the Foundations of Artificial Intelligence (BISFAI). Haifa, Israel.

Ortony, A. (2005). Colloquium at the Department of Psychology, University of Athens. Athens, Greece.

Ortony, A. (2005). Public Lecture at the Einstein Forum. Potsdam, Germany.

Swarat, S., Ortony, A., & Daniels, B. What makes a topic interesting: An exploration of the underlying dimensions of topic interest. . Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Andrew Ortony Colloquium. Colloquium, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan.

Other Research/Scholarship

I was the PI on two resubmissions to NIMH for a grant to continue the operations of our cross-school initiative, CEED. The reviews were quite positive, and the agency initial response to the second resubmission implied a high likelihood of funding (the priority score was 167). A subsequent cut of 1% to the NH budget, however, has dramatically reduced the prospect of funding so that the current status is that funding is still possible but “now very unlikely.”

Research Interests

Emotion and cognition; knowledge representation and figurative language comprehension; human-computer interaction and interface design.


Professional Service

Year Organization Position Description
2006 Science and Engineering Research Council International Advisor A*STAR�Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore
2006 Center for Computational Intelligence, and Learning Sciences and Technology Academic Group Member Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (colloquium)