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.
- King, L. A., & Hicks, J. A. (2020). The Science of Meaning in Life. Annual Review of Psychology. 72(1), 1-24.
- 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.
- 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. 50(2), 392-405.
- 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.
- Rivera, G. N., Christy, A. G., Kim, J., Vess, M., Hicks, J. A., & Schlegel, R. J. (2019). Understanding the Relationship Between Perceived Authenticity and Well-Being. Review of General Psychology. 23(1), 113-126.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 221-233). Springer New York.
- Wong, P. (2013). The Human Quest for Meaning. The Human Quest for Meaning: Theories, Research, and Applications. (pp. 125-142). Routledge.
- 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. 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. ALCOHOLISM-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH. 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)