- Areas of Speciality
- Personality Processes
- Social & Personality Psychology
- (979) 845-2097
- Milner 212
- Professional Links
- Office Hours
- Fall 2019/ None
- Associate Professor and Associate Head of Psychology Undergraduate Studies and Honors Program
My research aims to understand how people answer the “big” questions in life and how people’s answers to those questions influence their attitudes and behavior. Our lab formulates and tests a wide range of hypotheses related to many types of existential concerns focusing on the antecedents and consequences of the experience of meaning in life, authenticity, self-alienation, perceptions of free-will, and mortality awareness.
Rivera, G. N., Vess, M., Hicks, J. A., & Routledge, C. (in press). Awe and meaning: Elucidating opposing mechanisms that link awe to the experience of meaning in life. European Journal of Social Psychology
Kim, J., Seto, E., Schlegel, R. J., & Hicks, J. A. (2019). Thinking about a new decade in life increases personal self-reflection: A replication and reinterpretation of Alter and Hershfield’s (2014) findings. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 117, e27-e34.
Rivera, G. N., Christy, A. G., Kim, J., Vess, M., Hicks, J. A., & Schlegel, R. J. (2019). Understanding the relationship between authenticity and positive psychological functioning: A lay theory approach. Review of General Psychology, 23, 113-126.
Kim, J., Christy, A. G., Rivera, G. N., Schlegel, R. J., & Hicks, J. A. (2018). Following one’s true self and the sacredness of cultural values. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 76, 100-103
Kim, J., Christy, A. G., Schlegel, R. J., Donnellen, M. B., & Hicks, J. A. (2018). Existential ennui: The reciprocal relationship between self-alienation and academic amotivation among college students. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 9, 853-862.
Christy, A. G., Kim, J., Schlegel, R. J. Vess, M., & Hicks, J. A. (in press). The reciprocal relationship between perceptions of moral goodness and knowledge of others’ true selves. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8, 910-917.
Bench, S.W., Rivera, G. N., Schlegel, R. J., Hicks, J. A., & Lench, H. C. (2017). Does Expertise Matter in Replication? An Examination of the Reproducibility Project: Psychology. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 68, 181-184.
Christy, A.G., Seto, E., Schlegel, R.J., Vess, M., & Hicks, J.A. (2016). Straying from the righteous path and from ourselves: Moral behavior and perceived self- knowledge. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 1538-1550.
Seto, E., & Hicks, J.A. (2016). Disassociating the agent from the self: Undermining belief in free will diminishes true self-knowledge. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7, 726-734.