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., 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.