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 Articles72
  • 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). Routledge.
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  • 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). Springer International Publishing.
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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. 221-233). Springer New York.
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  • Wong, P. (2013). The Human Quest for Meaning. The Human Quest for Meaning: Theories, Research, and Applications. (pp. 125-142). Routledge.
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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