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Personality & social psychologist

Research interests:

  • Existential psychology (meaning/purpose in life, uncertainty, existential problems and attitudes)
  • Positive psychology (psychological well-being, life satisfaction, affect)
  • Motivation (goals, values, motives, intrinsic & extrinsic motivation, attainment, support & conflict)
  • Spirituality (afterlife belief, religion, universalism, individual and societal ramifications)
  • Traits (the "Big Five", spirituality, intelligence, needs for cognition or closure, conservatism)
  • Survey methods (construction, validation, bias identification & reduction)
  • Statistics (latent structure modeling, effect estimation, change, causality, robust analysis)
  • Programming (R, function writing, simulation testing)

Publications:

Posters and presentations (PowerPoints available on my SlideShare page)

  • Me & Ozer, D. J. (2012). Matching goals to values: Correlations follow semantic similarities. 92nd WPA, San Francisco.
  • Me. (2012). Existential and psychological health as products of intrinsic goal attainment. Presentation, April 19, UCR.
  • Me, Selvam, T., Cheong, R., & Ozer. (2011). Religious differences in the value systems of meaningful (and meaningless) lives. 2nd ARP, Riverside.
  • Me & Ozer. (2011). Joint factors of spirituality and religiousness. 91st WPA, Los Angeles.
  • Me & Ozer. (2011). Spiritual predictors of the search for meaning in life. 12th SPSP, San Antonio.
  • Me. (2010). Current research in existential psychology. Presentation, November 4, UCR.
  • Me, Boudreaux, M. J., & Ozer. (2010). Factor structure of the Values Q-Set. 118th APA, San Diego.
  • Me & Ozer. (2010). The motive content of meaningful (and meaningless) lives. 15th EAPP, Brno, Czech Republic.
  • Me, Stimson, T. S., & Boudreaux. (2010). The curve of the quest for a more meaningful life. 11th SPSP, Las Vegas.
  • Me. (2010). The Values Q-Set. Presentation, January 21, UCR.
  • Me, Stimson, Boudreaux, & Ozer. (2009). When do personality traits predict personal goals? 1st ARP, Evanston.
  • Me. (2009). The factor structure of personal goals. Presentation, June 4, UCR.
  • Me, Stimson, & Ozer. (2009). The factor structure of personal goals in an undergraduate population. 10th SPSP, Tampa.

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reviewed Reviewed Optimal number of dimensions in multidimensional scaling
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reviewed No Action Needed Where to post online psychology studies for participant recruitment?
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reviewed Reviewed Where to post online psychology studies for participant recruitment?
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comment Where to post online psychology studies for participant recruitment?
This is more of a comment on another answer than an answer in itself. I know you can't post comments yet, but hopefully it can be converted for you. Alternatively, you might consider expanding it to be a separate answer if you know any resources that haven't already been mentioned.
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reviewed Reviewed How does subjective experience arise from matter?
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reviewed Reviewed Tendency to see novelty in mundane and trivial statements
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comment Tendency to see novelty in mundane and trivial statements
In abnormal psychology, this probably resembles mania. What you're asking about isn't necessarily pathological though, is it? I remember reading something about a part of the brain that is inhibited by psychedelics, producing a similar inability to recognize mundane stimuli and a consequently overactive sense of novelty, excitement, and subjective creativity (of the sort that might leave the rest of us rolling our eyes). Some degree of individual differences in the regular activity of that cognitive/neurological system probably occurs in the general population too.
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revised Tendency to see novelty in mundane and trivial statements
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comment Is there a name for a scientist's resistance to disconfirmation of his or her theories?
It could lead to this effect if one does manipulate or ignore results to support a desired conclusion, but the OP isn't explicitly about researchers who are handling raw results and reaching their own conclusions about them. The observer-expectancy effect wouldn't explain (at least, not directly) why a scientist might disregard results and conclusions from some other researcher who contradicts the scientist's beliefs.
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comment Can microdialysis be made in Drosophila melanogaster?
Thanks for the edit and for being up-front about cross-posting. I've withdrawn my close vote and upvoted (on Bio too; you still have a permanent downvote from a VLQ flag here – see this MSE question for context / discussion on that – but it didn't cost you any reputation, so it's nothing to worry about). Seems you've written both versions differently to suit the respective topics, which is really all the more I could've asked for. Might as well leave both open and see who has what to say. Good luck!
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comment Will a person with an artificial heart have feelings if heart is the organ to feel emotions?
The heart isn't "the organ to feel emotions", so is this hypothetical, or just misinformed?
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comment Was the anthropological “Negroid, Mongoloid, Caucasoid” distinction inspired by the Bible story of Noah's sons?
Sure, I'm curious what others think too. Not sure how on-topic anthropology is here in general...probably deserves a meta-question.
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reviewed Reviewed Difference Between Schema and Mental Model
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reviewed Reviewed Was the anthropological “Negroid, Mongoloid, Caucasoid” distinction inspired by the Bible story of Noah's sons?
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comment Was the anthropological “Negroid, Mongoloid, Caucasoid” distinction inspired by the Bible story of Noah's sons?
This question is off-topic (IMO) and would fit better on the history beta.