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.
William E. Davis, Joshua A. Hicks, Christine L. Foster, Meredith K. Holub, Rosina C. Krecek & Audra W. Richburg (2018) Attitudes and Motivations of Owners Who Enroll Pets in Pet Life-Care Centers, Anthrozoös, 31, 211-219
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.