Emotions are an integral facet of the human experience: Their influence is felt in everything we do, from determining our individual preferences and connecting with others to making everyday decisions about the actions we take. As complex states that implicate a host of “perceptual, cognitive, physiological, and motivational systems,” emotions can facilitate or impeded health-related behaviors (Dillard & Nabi, 2006, p. 132). Indeed, emotions such as anger, fear, guilt, hope, disgust, surprise, joy, and sadness have been shown to influence risk assessment and subsequent decision-making in a variety of contexts, including smoking, physical activity, vaccination, dietary behaviour, sleep deprivation, end-of-life care, and risky sexual practices.


In the past few decades, researchers have made great empirical and theoretical strides in gaining a better  nderstanding of the role played by emotions in health communication, however, individual studies remain scattered across various disciplines, often using different terms for the same essential concepts. Although this reality makes it more difficult to identify crucial research strands, it also provides abundant opportunities to develop and extend the ways we think about emotion in health communication through systematic reviews and meta-analyses. To make significant advances in this area, we invite submissions that review and reflect (systematic reviews, narrative literature reviews, state-of-the-literature reviews, and meta-analyses) on the accumulated knowledge on the topic of emotion in health communication.  


Possible areas and issues to be covered:

  • Anticipated emotions in health
  • Emotion-focused interventions
  • Emotional support
  • Emotion and well-being
  • Emotion and health misinformation
  • Emotion and health technologies
  • Management and regulation of emotions
  • Emotion and information-seeking/avoidance
  • Emotion appraisals regarding risk
  • The eliciting circumstances of each emotion
  • Universals and cultural differences in the experience of emotions
  • Methodological questions in the study of emotion in health communication
  • Underlying mechanisms of emotional influence


The manuscript submission deadline is October 31, 2021.


Authors should submit their manuscripts through the RCR editorial management system: www.rcommunicationr.org


Paper proposals, questions, and comments should be addressed to Nathan Walter (nathan.walter@northwestern.edu), Jiyoung Lee (jlee284@ua.edu) cc to editor@rcommunicationr.org.


We are looking forward to receiving your manuscripts or proposals!

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