Hicks, Joshua individual record
Associate Professor

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.

education and training
selected publications
Academic Articles70
  • Juhl, J., Routledge, C., Hicks, J. A., & Sedikides, C. (2017). Can affectively negative experiences contribute to well-being? The affectively negative need-fulfillment model. The Happy Mind: Cognitive Contributions to Well-Being. (pp. 389-407).
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  • Christy, A. G., Rivera, G., Chen, K., & Hicks, J. A. (2017). Existential meaning in life and positive psychological functioning. Positive Psychology: Established and Emerging Issues. (pp. 220-235).
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  • Hicks, J. A., Seto, E., & Kim, J. (2015). Meaning of Life. The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. (pp. 1-5). John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
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  • Kim, J., Seto, E., Davis, W. E., & Hicks, J. A. (2014). Positive and existential psychological approaches to the experience of meaning in life. Meaning in Positive and Existential Psychology. (pp. 221-238). Springer New York.
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  • Tang, D., Kelley, N. J., Hicks, J. A., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2013). Emotions and meaning in life: A motivational perspective. The Experience of Meaning in Life: Classical Perspectives, Emerging Themes, and Controversies. (pp. 117-128). Springer Netherlands.
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Conference Papers7
chaired theses and dissertations
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Texas A&M University; Psychology; 4235 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4235