PSYC 315: Social Psychology
My research broadly focuses on the psychological processes and consequences associated with people’s efforts to manage existential concerns, including concerns about personal identity, meaning, and mortality.
“Understanding Virtue and Virtue Development in the Context of Heritability Information,” John Templeton Foundation Genetics and Human Agency Project (PI), 2016-2019. Total award of $523,485
“Understanding and Advancing Student Success and Well-Being,” Montana State University VPRED Grant (Co-I), 2016-2017. Total award of $10,000.
* denotes a current or former graduate student from my lab
^ denotes a current or former undergraduate student from my lab
Vess, M., *Hoeldtke, R., *Leal, S. A., *Sanders, C., & Hicks, J.A. (in press). The subjective quality of episodic future thought contributes to the experience of meaning in life. The Journal of Positive Psychology.
Christy, A. G., Kim, J., Vess, M., Schlegel, R. J., & Hicks, J. A. (in press). The reciprocal relationship between perceptions of moral goodness and knowledge of others’ true selves. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
Vess, M., *Rogers, R., Routledge, C., & Hicks, J. A. (2017). When being far away is good: Exploring how mortality salience, regulatory mode, and goal progress affect judgments of meaning in life. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 82-91.
Christy, A. G., *Sanders, C., Vess, M., Schlegel, R. J., & Routledge, C. (2017). The true self and existential structure? Unexpected effects of mortality salience and need for structure on belief in the true self. Self & Identity, 16, 335-352.
^Williams, H., & Vess, M. (2016). Daydreams and the true self: Daydreaming styles are related to authenticity. Imagination, Cognition, & Personality, 36, 128-149.
Christy, A. G., Seto, E., Schlegel, R. J., Vess, M., & Hicks, J. A. (2016). Straying from the righteous path and from ourselves: Moral behaviors and perceived self-knowledge. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 1538-1550.
Vess, M., *Leal, S. A., & *Hoeldtke, R., Schlegel, R. J., & Hicks, J.A. (2016). True self-alienation positively predicts mindwandering. Consciousness and Cognition, 45, 89-99.
*Rogers, R., Vess, M., & Routledge, C. (2016). Construal level shapes associations between ideology and reactions to male same sex intimacy. Social Psychology, 47, 87-97.
*Rogers, R., Vess, M., Routledge, C., & Juhl, J. (2016). An easy feeling: Mortality salience decreases social exploration when examples of cultural value adherence are easy to generate. Self & Identity, 15, 62-71.