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.
Kim, J., *Holte, P., Martela, F., *Shanahan, C., Li, Z., Zhang, H., … & Hicks, J. A. (2022). Experiential appreciation as a pathway to meaning in life. Nature Human Behaviour, 1-14.
King, L. A., & Hicks, J. A. (2021). The science of meaning in life. Annual Review of Psychology, 72, 561-584.
*Maffly-Kipp, J., *Flanagan, P., Kim, J., *Rivera, G., *Friedman, M. D., Vess, M., & Hicks, J. A. (2021). Meaning-making, psychological distress, and the experience of meaning in life following a natural disaster. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12(5), 812-820.
*Maffly-Kipp, J., Eisenbeck, N., Carreno, D. F., & Hicks, J. (2021). Mental health inequalities increase as a function of COVID-19 pandemic severity levels. Social Science & Medicine, 285, 114275.
Kim, J., *Christy, A. G., *Rivera, G. N., Hicks, J. A., & Schlegel, R. J. (2021). Is the illusion of authenticity beneficial? Merely perceiving decisions as guided by the true self enhances decision satisfaction. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12(1), 80-90.
*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.
Affiliated Research Cluster
Personality Processes. Existential psychology; meaning in life; authenticity.
Affective Science. Affect and motivation; cognitive processes related to drug and alcohol abuse; positive emotions as predictors of objective life outcomes.