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.
*Christy, A.G., *Seto, E., Schlegel, R.J., Vess, M., & Hicks, J.A. (in press). Straying from the righteous path and from ourselves: Moral behavior and perceived self- knowledge. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
*Seto, E., & Hicks, J.A. (2016). Disassociating the agent from the self: Undermining belief in free will diminishes true self-knowledge. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7, 726-734.
*Kim, J., *Seto, E., *Christy, A. C., & 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.
*Davis, W. E., & Hicks, J. A. (2016). Judgments of meaning in life, religious beliefs, and the experience of cognitive (dis)fluency. The Journal of Personality. 84, 291-305.
*Davis, W. E., & Hicks, J. A. (2013). Maintaining hope at the 11th hour: Authenticity buffers the effect of limited time perspective on hope. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 1634-1646.
Schlegel, R. J., Hicks, J. A., *Davis, W. E., *Smith, C. M., & *Hirsch, K. A. (2013). The dynamic interplay between perceived true self-knowledge and decision satisfaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 542-558.