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., 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. 117(2), e27-e34.
- Hicks, J. A., Schlegel, R. J., & Newman, G. E. (2019). Introduction to the Special Issue: Authenticity: Novel Insights Into a Valued, Yet Elusive, Concept. REVIEW OF GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY. 23(1), 3-7.
- 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.
- Rivera, G. N., 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.
- Vess, M., Brooker, R. J., 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- Hicks, J. A., Seto, E., & Kim, J. (2015). Meaning of Life. The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. (pp. 1-5). John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
- 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.
- 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.
- Mechin, N. C., Holland, M., Hicks, J. A., & Gable, P. A. (2014). APPROACH MOTIVATION CAUSES \"VIRTUAL\" ALCOHOL MYOPIA: TRAIT APPROACH AND GREATER LEFT-FRONTAL ACTIVATION PREDICT ATTENTIONAL NARROWING. PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY. 51, S49-S49.
- Mechin, N. C., Threadgill, H., Beasley, Z., Hicks, J. A., & Gable, P. A. (2014). IMPULSIVITY ENHANCES LEFT-FRONTAL ACTIVATION TO ALCOHOL CUES. PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY. 51, S31-S31.
- Hicks, J. A. (2012). HAPPINESS, PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH, AND FUTURE TIME PERSPECTIVE. The Gerontologist. 52, 695-695.
- Hicks, J. A., Green, A., & Wilson, S. (2008). Bristol Insomnia Group: has it made a difference after 10 years?. JOURNAL OF SLEEP RESEARCH. 17, 197-197.
- Hicks, J. A. (2008). Ease of retrieval effects on estimates of predicted alcohol use. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 32(6), 114A-114A.
- Seto, Elizabeth (2017-05). The Interplay of True Self-Knowledge on Belief in Free Will and Moral Outcomes. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Davis, William Edward (2015-05). Making Sense and Making Fun: Humor in the Context of Situational Meaning Making and Global Meaning. (Doctoral Dissertation)