PSYC 203 Statistics – Lab Teaching Assistant
- Meaning in life and well-being
- True self-knowledge and identity
- Meaning-making process and emotion
- Motivation and goal-pursuit
- Cultural variability
My work examines the ways in which people seek and experience meaning in life and psychological well-being. The goals of my research are to identify the values that influence people’s perception of meaning and their experience of well-being. A second line of work examines the moderating roles of individual, contextual, and cultural factors in motivational pursuits of meaning in life. The goals of this research are to understand the dynamic processes in which people pursue the values at various levels and how they subsequently experience meaning in life and well-being.
- Christy, A. G., Kim, J., Schlegel, R. J. Vess, M., & Hicks, J. A. (2017). The reciprocal relationship between perceptions of moral goodness and knowledge of others’ true selves. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
- Kim, J., Seto, E., Christy, A. G., & Hicks, J. A. (2016). Investing in the real me: Preference for experiential purchases to material purchases driven by the motivation to search for true self-knowledge. Self and Identity, 15, 727–747.
- Hackel, L. M., Larson, G. M., Bowen, J. D., Ehrlich, G. A., Mann, T. C., Middlewood, B., Roberts, I. D., Eylink, J., Fetterolf, J. C., Gonzalez, F., Garrido, C. O., Kim, J., O’Brien, T., O’Malley, E. E., Mesquitea, B., & Barrett, L. F. (2016). On the neural implausibility of the modular mind: Evidence for distributed construction of perception, cognition, and emotion. Behavioral and Brain Science, 39, 34–36.
- Davis, W. E., Kelley, N. J., Kim, J., Tang, D., & Hicks, J. A. (2016). Motivating the academic mind: Abstract construal of academic goals enhances goal meaningfulness, motivation, and self-concordance. Motivation and Emotion, 42, 193–202.
- Kim, J., Hong, E. K., Choi, I., & Hicks, J. A. (2016). Companion versus comparison: Examining seeking social companionship or social comparison as characteristics that differentiate happy and unhappy people. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 11, 311–322.
- Kim, J., & Hicks, J. A. (2016). Happiness begets children? Evidence for a bi-directional link between well-being and number of children. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 11, 62–69.
- Kim, J., & Hicks, J. A (2015). Parental bereavement and the loss of purpose in life as a function of interdependent self-construal. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1078.
- Hicks, J. A., Seto, E., & Kim, J. (2015). Meaning of life. In S. K. Whitbourne & D. Simonton (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging (pp. 1–5). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
- Kim, J., Kang, P., & Choi, I (2014). Pleasure now, meaning later: Temporal dynamics between pleasure and meaning. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 262–270.
- Kim, J., Seto, E., Davis, W. E., & Hicks, J. A. (2014). Positive and existential psychological approaches to the experience of meaning in life. In P. Russo-Netzer & A. Batthyany (Eds), Meaning in Positive and Existential Psychology (pp. 221–233). New York: Springer Press.