Dr. Jeffrey Green

Dr. Jeff Green

Associate Professor
Director, Social Psychology
820 W Franklin, rm 213
jdgreen@vcu.edu
(804) 828-6330

Associate Professor (tenured)
Director, Social Psychology
PhD (2000), University of North Carolina

Fellow, Society of Experimental Social Psychology

Web site: Green Research Lab

Research Interests

Most of my research revolves around the self-concept. One research program has investigated how we strategically protect the self via selective memory (mnemic neglect), and I also have researched how individuals make and defend meaning in life. I also study how affective states such as sadness, anger, and guilt influence self-conceptions, as well as the effects of nostalgia on well-being and behavior. Finally, I study close relationships (e.g., attachment theory, forgiveness, human-animal interactions).

Selected Publications

Sedikides, C., Green, J. D., Saunders, J., Skowronski, J. J., & Zengel, B. (in press). Mnemic neglect: Selective amnesia of one’s faults. European Review of Social Psychology.
Reid, C. A., Green, J. D., Wildschut, T., & Sedikides, C. (2015). Scent-evoked nostalgia. Memory, 23, 157-166.
Van Tongeren, D. R., Green, J. D., Hook, J. N., Davis, D. E., Davis, J. L., & Ramos, M. (2015). Forgiveness increases meaning in life. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 147-155.
Green, J. D., Davis, J. L., Luchies, L. B., Coy, A. E., Van Tongeren, D. R., Reid, C. A., & Finkel, E. J. (2013). Victims versus perpetrators: Affective and empathic forecasting regarding transgressions in romantic relationships. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 329-333.
Green, J. D., Burnette, J., & Davis, J. L. (2008). Third-party forgiveness: (Not) forgiving your close other's betrayer. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 407-418. 

Recent Courses

  • Self and Identity, graduate level
  • Introduction to Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Social Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Social Influence, undergraduate level
  • Social Cognition, graduate level

Recent Grants

Making and Defending Meaning: Understanding and Reducing Tension between Scientific and Religious Meaning Systems. Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator Van Tongeren). February 2013-February 2015. The John Templeton Foundation, $92,500.

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