Peter D. MacIntyre is a professor of psychology at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Peter received his undergraduate degree from that institution before attending the University of Western Ontario (Ph.D., 1992) under the supervision of R. C. Gardner.  From 1992-1994 he held a position as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa, working with Richard Clément and Kimberly Noels.  Peter has published almost 100 journal articles and chapters primarily in the area of psychological processes in second language learning and communication, including studies of anxiety, motivation, and willingness to communicate.  He is co-author or co-editor of several books related to the psychology of language learning, including:


Peter teaches courses in motivation and emotion, positive psychology, human sexuality, personality theory, and both quantitative and qualitative research methods.  He has developed the mixed-methods approach labelled “the idiodynamic method” for assessing rapid changes in emotion.  He has received multiple awards for teaching and research, along with funding support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and the Nova Scotia Research Innovation Trust.

More information on Peter and his research can be found on his website : You can also follow him on Twitter: @PeterMacIn