Anne Wilson Identity Motivation and Perception Extended in Time and Society Lab


Beliefs about personal change and stability


What do people believe about the nature of change – whether people are at core fixed and stable or malleable over time? When do these beliefs change?


Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Wilson, A.E., Parker, V., & Feinberg, M. (2020). Polarization in the contemporary political and media landscape. Special Issue on Political Ideologies, Current Opinions in Behavioral Science, 34, 223-228.

Soliman, M., & Wilson, A. E. (2017). Seeing change and being change in the world: The relationship between lay theories about the world and environmental intentions. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 50, 104-111. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.01.008

Ward, C., & Wilson, A. E. (2015). Implicit theories of change and stability moderate effects of subjective distance on the remembered self. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


Leith, S., Ward, C., Giacomin, M., Landau, E., Ehrlinger, J., & Wilson, A. E. (2014). Changing theories of change: Strategic shifting in implicit theory endorsement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107, 597-620. doi: 10.1037/a0037699


Wilson, A. E., & Ross, M. (2004). Illusions of change or stability. In R. F. Pohl (Ed.), Cognitive illusions: A handbook of fallacies and biases in thinking, judgment, and memory. (pp. 379-396). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.


Subjective perceptions of time and space


How are subjective perceptions of time (distance, duration) and space (distance, size) different from actual chronological and physical judgments?


When, how, and why do subjective judgments of time and space play a powerful role in people’s evaluations and decisions?


Journal Articles & Book Chapters


Cortes, K., & Wilson, A. E. (2016). When slights beget slights: Attachment anxiety, subjective time, and intrusion of the relational past in the present. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42(12), 1693-1708. DOI: 10.1177/0146167216670606 

Leith, S. & Wilson, A. E. (2014). When Size Justifies: Intergroup Attitudes and Subjective Size Judgments of “Sacred Space”. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 54, 122-130.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.05.003


Evans, M. B., & Wilson, A. E. (2014). Temporal distance to future selves in exercise: Relations with intention-behaviour congruency and outcome expectations. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 3, 184-190. doi: 10.1037/spy0000014


Bashir, N., Wilson, A. E., Lockwood, P., Chasteen, A., & Alisat, S. (2014). The time for action is now: Subjective temporal proximity enhances pursuit of remote-future goals. Social Cognition, 32, 83-93.


Peetz, J. & Wilson, A. E. (2014). Marking time: Selective use of temporal landmarks as barriers between current and future selves. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 44-56.


Peetz, J., & Wilson, A. E.  (2013). The post birthday world: Consequences of temporal landmarks for temporal self-appraisal and motivation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 249-267.


Wilson, A. E., Buehler, R., Lawford, H., Schmidt, C. & Yong, A. G. (2012). Basking in projected glory: People’s appraisals of subjectively close and distant future outcomes.  European Journal of Social Psychology, Special Issue on Mental Time Travel: Social Psychological Perspectives on a Fundamental Human Capacity, 42,  342–353.


Wilson, A. E., & Ross, M. (2011).  The role of time in self-enhancement and self-protection. In C. Sedikides & M. Alicke (Eds.). Handbook of Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection, (pp. 112-127). New York, NY: The Guilford Press. 


Peetz, J. Gunn, G., & Wilson, A. E. (2010). Crimes of the past: Temporal distancing and defensiveness in the face of past in-group wrongdoing. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 598-611.


Perunovic, W. Q. E., & Wilson, A. E. (2009). Subjective proximity of future selves: Implications for current identity, future appraisal, and goal pursuit motivation. In K. Markman, W. M. P. Klein, & J. Suhr (Eds.), Handbook of imagination and mental simulation. (pp. 347-358). New York, NY: Psychology Press.


Wilson, A. E., Gunn, G. & Ross. M. (2009). The role of subjective time in identity regulation. Applied Cognitive Psychology: Special Issue Exploring the Functions of Autobiographical Memory, 23, 1164-1178.


Peetz, J., Wilson, A. E., & Strahan, E. J. (2009). So far away: The role of subjective temporal distance to future goals in motivation and behavior. Social Cognition, 27, 475-495.


Peetz, J., & Wilson, A. E. (2008). The temporally extended self: The relation of past and future selves to current identity, motivation, and goal pursuit. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, 2090-2106.


Strahan, E. J., & Wilson, A. E. (2006). Temporal comparisons and motivation: The relation between past, present, and possible future selves. In C. Dunkel & J. Kerpelman (Eds.). Possible selves: Theory, research, and application. (pp. 1-15). Nova Science Publishers.


Cameron, J. J., Wilson, A. E., & Ross, M. (2004). Autobiographical memory and self-assessment. In D. R. Beike, J. M. Lampinen, & D. A. Behrend (Eds.), The Self and Memory (pp. 207-226). New York: Psychology Press.


Ross, M., & Wilson, A. E. (2003). Autobiographical memory and conceptions of self: Getting better all the time. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12, 66-69.


Wilson, A. E., & Ross, M. (2003). The identity function of autobiographical memory: Time is on our side. Invited paper in Memory: Special Issue Exploring the Functions of Autobiographical Memory, 11, 137-149.


Ross, M., & Wilson, A. E. (2002). It feels like yesterday: Self-esteem, valence of personal past experiences, and judgments of subjective distance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 792-803.


Wilson, A. E., & Ross, M. (2001). From chump to champ: People’s appraisals of their earlier and present selves. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 572–584.


Ross, M., & Wilson, A. E. (2000). Constructing and appraising past selves. In D. L. Schacter & E. Scarry (Eds.), Memory, brain, and belief. (pp. 231-258). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


Perceptions of stigmatized groups​


How do subtle subjective shifts in judgment affect people’s perception of the qualities or behavior of stigmatized groups?


Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Son Hing, L., Wilson, A.E., Gourevitch, P., English, J., & Sin, P. (2019). Psychological responses to rising income inequality: Processes that legitimize growing disparities. Special Issue of Dædalus, Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Inequality as a Multidimensional Process, 148 (3), 105–135.

Leith, S. & Wilson, A.E. (2014). When Size Justifies: Intergroup Attitudes and Subjective Size Judgments of “Sacred Space” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 54, 122-130.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.05.003