Dr. Jeffrey Green
Director, Social Psychology
820 W Franklin, rm 213
Associate Professor (tenured)
Director, Social Psychology
PhD (2000), University of North Carolina
Fellow, Society of Experimental Social Psychology
Web site: Green Research Lab
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).
- Might forgiving an offense by your partner increase or restore how meaningful you feel your life is?
- How good are we at predicting our future happiness or sadness regarding hurtful offenses in our romantic relationships?
- Would you prefer to explore a modern art museum or wilderness trail by yourself or with your romantic partner? Your level of attachment anxiety or avoidance may predict your preference!
- Do we treat all feedback about ourselves equally or do we engage in selective forgetting of threatening feedback to protect the self?
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.
- Full publication list [PDF]
- Self and Identity, graduate level
- Introduction to Psychology, undergraduate level
- Social Psychology, undergraduate level
- Social Influence, undergraduate level
- Social Cognition, graduate level
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.