I am a social/personality psychologist interested in the links between cognition and motivation. Current research concerns people’s implicit theories of human behavior and their connection to the motivation for prediction and control. This research has implications for basic person perception and stereotyping processes, achievement behavior, and moral reasoning.
A second line of research concerns motivated and strategic aspects of automatic, stereotype-guided behavior.
- Causal Attribution
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Person Perception
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
- Cesario, J., Plaks, J. E., Hagiwara, N., Navarrete, C.D., & Higgins, E. T. (2010). The ecology of automaticity: How situational contingencies shape action semantics and social behavior. Psychological Science, 21, 1311-1317.
- Joel, S., Burton, C., & Plaks, J.E. (2014). Conservatives anticipate and experience stronger emotional reactions to negative outcomes. Journal of Personality, 82, 32-43.
- Joel, S., Macdonald, G., & Plaks, J.E. (2012). Attachment anxiety uniquely predicts interpersonal regret. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 348-355.
- Laurin, K. & Plaks, J.E. (2014). Religion and punishment: Opposing influences of orthopraxy and orthodoxy on reactions to unintentional acts. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 835-843.
- Leach, F.R. & Plaks, J.E. (2009). Regret for errors of commission versus omission in the near-term and far-term: The role of level of abstraction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 221-229.
- Plaks, J.E. & Chasteen, A. (2013). Entity versus incremental theories predict older adults’ memory performance. Psychology and Aging, 28, 948-957.
- Plaks, J. E., Grant, H., & Dweck, C. S. (2005). Violations of implicit theories and the sense of prediction and control: Implications for motivated person perception. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 245-262.
- Plaks, J.E., Malahy, L.W., Sedlins, M. & Shoda, Y. (2012). Folk beliefs about human genetic variation predict discrete versus continuous race categorization and evaluative bias. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 31-39.
- Plaks, J. E., McNichols, N. K, & Fortune, J. L. (2009). Thoughts versus deeds: Distal and proximal intent in lay judgments of moral responsibility. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1687-1701.
- Plaks, J. E., & Stecher, K. (2007). Unexpected improvement, decline, and stasis: A prediction confidence perspective on achievement success and failure. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 667-684.
- Robinson, J.S., Joel, S., & Plaks, J.E. (2015). Empathy for the group versus indifference to the victim: Effects of anxious versus avoidant attachment on utilitarian moral judgment. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 139-152.
- Xu, X. & Plaks, J.E. (2015). The neural correlates of implicit theory violation. Social Neuroscience, 10, 431-447.
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