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Joshua Hicks

Areas of Speciality
  • Personality Processes
  • Social & Personality Psychology
  • (979) 845-2097
  • PSYC 291
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Office Hours
Office hours for Fall 2021 are Tuesday 1:00-3:00pm

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

Rivera, G., Vess, M., Hicks, J. A., & Routledge, C. (2019). Awe and meaning: Elucidating complex effects of awe experiences on meaning in life. European Journal of Social Psychology.  (Impact Factor: 2.83)

Laird, V., Elliott, T., Brossart, D., Luo, W., Hicks, J. A., Warren, A., Foreman, M. (2019). Trajectories of Affective Balance 1 Year After Traumatic Injury: Associations with Resilience, Social Support, and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Happiness Studies.  (Impact Factor: 2.86)

Kim, J., Chen, K., Davis, W. E, Hicks, J.A., & Schlegel, R. J. (2019). Approaching the true-self: Promotion focus predicts the experience of authenticity. Journal of Research in Personality, 78, 165-176.  (Impact Factor: 3.21)

Vess, M., Brooker, R., Schlegel, R. J., & Hicks, J. A. (2019). Daily mental lapses and the subjective experience of true self-alienation. Journal of Research in Personality, 78, 148-152.  (Impact Factor: 3.21)

Rivera, G., Christy, A. G., Kim, J., Vess, M., Hicks, J. A., & Schlegel, R. J. (2019). Understanding relationship between perceived authenticity and well-being. Review of General Psychology. 23, 113-126.  (Impact Factor: 2.55)

Kim, J., Schlegel, R. J., Seto, E., & 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.  (Impact Factor: 7.39)

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. 

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.