Dr. David Chester
808 W Franklin, rm 302
Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Ph.D. (2016), University of Kentucky
Doctoral Program Affiliation
Human aggression is a costly and complex phenomenon. My research seeks to understand the psychological and biological processes that motivate and constrain aggressive behavior. For example, I am interested in how the brain’s reward circuitry promotes and reinforces aggressive responses to threat, provocation and rejection.
- Often, aggression is in retaliation for some insult. Might people seek such revenge because they find it pleasant?
Chester, D. S. (in press). The role of positive affect in aggression. Current Directions in Psychological Science.
Chester, D. S., & DeWall, C. N. (2017). Combating the sting of rejection with the pleasure of revenge: A new look at how emotion shapes aggression. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 112, 413-430.
Chester, D. S., DeWall, C. N., Derefinko, K. J., Estus, S., Lynam, D. R., Peters, J. R., & Jiang, Y. (2016). Looking for reward in all the wrong places: Dopamine receptor polymorphisms correlate with aggression through increased sensation-seeking. Social Neuroscience, 11, 487-494.
Chester, D. S., & DeWall, C. N. (2016). The pleasure of revenge: Retaliatory aggression arises from a neural imbalance toward reward. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11, 1173-1182.
Chester, D. S., Lynam, D. R., Milich, R., Powell, D. K., Andersen, A. H., & DeWall, C. N. (2016). How do negative emotions impair self-control? A neural model of negative urgency. NeuroImage, 132, 43-50.
- Full curriculum vitae [PDF]
- Personality Psychology, undergraduate level
- Social Psychology, undergraduate level
- Advanced Social Psychology, graduate level
Testing a Cyclical Model of Aggression and Alcohol Abuse: An fMRI Study
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: R.S. Lipman Research Fund for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
The Rewarding Nature of Angry Rumination in Borderline Personality Disorder: An fMRI Investigation
Source: University of Kentucky’s Office of the Vice President for Research
- 2016, Young Investigator Program Award, International Society for Research on Aggression
- 2015, Dissertation Research Award, Heritage Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology
- 2015, Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of Kentucky
- 2012, Outstanding Research Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology