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Joshua Hicks

Joshua Hicks
Associate Head of Psychology Undergraduate Studies and Honors Program
Associate Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • Personality Processes
  • Social & Personality Psychology
  • (979) 845-2097
  • Milner 212
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Associate Professor and Associate Head of Psychology Undergraduate Studies and Honors Program

Research Interests

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.

Recent Publications

*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.

*Kim, J., *Christy, A. G., Schlegel, R. J., Donnellan, M. B., & Hicks, J. A. (in press). Existential ennui: Examining the reciprocal relationship between self‐alienation and academic amotivation. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

*Kim, J., *Christy, A. G., *Rivera, G., Schlegel, R. J., & Hicks, J. A. (in press). Following one’s true self and the sacredness of cultural values. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Fields, S. A., Smallman, R., Hicks, J. A., *Lange, K., & *Thamotharan, S. (2017). Narrowing of attention following food cue exposure in emerging adults: Does impulsivity matter?. Personality and Individual Differences, 108, 144‐148.

*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.

Vess, M., *Hoeldtke, R., *Leal, S. A., *Sanders, C. S., & Hicks, J. A. (2017). The subjective quality of episodic future thought and the experience of meaning in life. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 1‐10.

Vess, M., *Rogers, R., Routledge, C., & Hicks, J. A. (2017). When being far away is good: Exploring how mortality salience, regulatory mode, and goal progress affect judgments of meaning in life. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47(1), 82‐91.

Schlegel, R. J., & Hicks, J. A. (2017). Reflections on the scientific study of meaning in life. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 30(1), 26‐31.

*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.

*Seto, E., Hicks, J.A., Vess, M. & Geraci, L. (2016). The association between vivid thoughts of death and authenticity. Motivation and Emotion, 40, 520‐540.

Ebersole, C. R., Atherton, O. E., Belanger, A. L., Skulborstad, H. M., Adams, R. B.,…*Davis,W.E.,…Hicks, J.A.,…(2016). Many Labs 3: Evaluating participant pool quality across the academic semester via replication. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 67, 68‐82.

*Kelly, N. J., *Davis, W. E., *Kim, J., *Tang, D., & Hicks, J. A. (2016). Motivating the academic mind: Abstract construal of academic goals enhances motivation. Motivation and Emotion, 42, 193‐202.

*Kim, J., *Seto, E., *Christy, A. C., & Hicks, J. A. (2016). Investing in the real me: Preference for experiential purchases to material purchases driven by the motivation to search for true self‐knowledge. Self and Identity, 15, 727‐747.

*Kim, J., & Hicks, J. A. (2016). Happiness begets children? Evidence for a bi‐directional link between well‐being and number of children. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 11(1), 62‐69.

*Kim, J., Hong, E. K., Choi, I., & Hicks, J. A. (2016). Companion versus comparison: Examining seeking social companionship or social comparison as characteristics that differentiate happy and unhappy people. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 311–322.

*Mechin, N., Gable, P. A., & Hicks, J. A. (2016). Frontal asymmetry and alcohol cue reactivity: Influence of core personality systems. Psychophysiology, 53, 1223‐1231.

*Darbor, K. E., & Lench, H. C., *Davis, W. E., & Hicks, J. A. (2016). Experiencing versus contemplating: Language use during descriptions of awe and wonder. Cognition and Emotion, 30, 1188‐1196.

*Davis, W. E., & Hicks, J. A. (2016). Judgments of meaning in life, religious beliefs, and the experience of cognitive (dis)fluency. The Journal of Personality. 84, 291‐305.

Vess, M., *Leal, S. A., *Hoeldtke, R. T., Schlegel, R. J., & Hicks, J. A. (2016). True self‐alienation postitively predicts mindwanderng. Consciousness and Cognition.

Quirin, M., Wróbel, M., Pala, A. N., Stieger, S., Brosschot, J., Kazén, M., … & Silvestrini, N. (2016). A Cross‐Cultural Validation of the Implicit Positive and Negative Affect Test (IPANAT). European Journal of Psychological Assessment.