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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

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.