The interplay among motivation, emotion, and social cognition; evolutionary psychology; individual differences.
Why do people take risks? Why do certain people grab our attention? Why do some people desire power, and what are they willing to do to get it? My lab's research addresses questions like these, exploring ways in which social motives and emotions influence a range of cognitive and perceptual processes such as attention, memory, person perception, and risky decision-making. Much of our current work focuses on: romantic attraction and close relationships, power and dominance, affiliation-seeking, prosocial behavior, and anxiety.
Kunstman, J., & Maner, J. K. (2011).
Sexual overperception: Power, mating goals, and biases in social judgment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 282-294.
Miller, S. L., & Maner, J. K. (2011). Ovulation as a mating prime: Subtle signs of female fertility influence men’s mating cognition and behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 295-308.
Maner, J. K., & Mead, N. (2010). The essential tension between leadership and power: When leaders sacrifice group goals for the sake of self-interest. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 482-497.
Maner, J. K., Miller, S. L., Schmidt, N. B., & Eckel, L. A. (2010).
The endocrinology of exclusion: Rejection elicits motivationally tuned changes in progesterone. Psychological Science, 21, 581-588.
Maner, J. K., Miller, S. L., Rouby, D. A., & Gailliot, M. T. (2009). Intrasexual Vigilance: The Implicit Cognition of Romantic Rivalry. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 74-87.
Maner, J. K., Miller, S. L., Schmidt, N. B., & Eckel, L. A. (2008). Submitting to Defeat: Social Anxiety, Dominance Threat, and Decrements in Testosterone. Psychological Science, 19, 264-268.
Maner, J. K., Gailliot, M. T., Rouby, D. A., & Miller, S. L. (2007). Can’t take my eyes off you: Attentional adhesion to mates and rivals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 389-401.
Maner, J. K., DeWall, C. N., Baumeister, R. F., & Schaller, M. (2007). Does social exclusion motivate interpersonal reconnection? Resolving the “porcupine problem.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 42-55.
Maner, J. K., Kenrick, D. T., Neuberg, S. L., Becker, D. V., Robertson, T., Hofer, B., Delton, A., Butner, J., & Schaller, M. (2005). Functional projection: How fundamental social motives can bias interpersonal perception. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 63-78.
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