- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
- Personality, Individual Differences
My research reflects a Lewinian approach that focuses on how the person and the environment interact to produce social behavior. This research falls at the boundary of social, developmental, and personality psychology. In addition, members of my research group are trained to collect psychophysiological measurements (e.g., EEG, ERP, EMG) and in some cases fMRI data. The research specifically focuses on individual differences and the ways in which they might moderate social behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults.
During the past decade, my work has examined how agreeableness (a dimension in the five-factor model of personality) influences social behavior and developmental outcomes. In recent investigations, I've also explored individual differences in empathic accuracy, narcissism, conscientiousness, and friendship quality.
Currently, my research focuses on the influence of social pain (pain caused by the disruption of interpersonal relationships) on psychological and physical health. This work examines the influence of reliving social pain not only on experiencing pain, but also on one’s ability to self-regulate. Members of my research group are also examining how personality might moderate sensitivity to social pain (namely, exclusion), and we are also examining the overlap in neural systems between social and physical pain. Related to this topic, we are looking at a special type of social pain, obesity stigmatization, and its potential influence on overweight individual's psychological health. Finally, we are examining the mechanisms responsible for the long-term influence of chronic peer victimization on adjustment.
Department of Psychology
Life Sciences Building
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX 76019
Phone: (817) 272-5131
Fax: (817) 272-2364