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Journal Articles

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Parker, V. A., Kehoe, E., Lees, J. M., Facciani, M., & Wilson, A. E.  (2024, January 25). Alluring or Alarming? The Polarizing Effect of Forbidden Knowledge in Political Discourse.


Shanahan, E., Lefebvre, P., Chauhan, P., & Wilson, A. E. (2024). In my grasp or out of my hands? Belief about where life satisfaction comes from predicts motivation to seek it. Journal of Happiness Studies. 🡵


Dawson, A.J., Williams, S. & Wilson, A. E. (2023). A Tale of Two Tweets: What Factors Predict Forgiveness of Past Transgressions on Social Media? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 🡵


Clark CJ, Jussim L, Frey K, Stevens ST, Al-Gharbi M, Aquino K, Bailey JM, Barbaro N, Baumeister RF, Bleske-Rechek A, Buss D, Ceci S, Del Giudice M, Ditto PH, Forgas JP, Geary DC, Geher G, Haider S, Honeycutt N, Joshi H, Krylov AI, Loftus E, Loury G, Lu L, Macy M, Martin CC, McWhorter J, Miller G, Paresky P, Pinker S, Reilly W, Salmon C, Stewart-Williams S, Tetlock PE, Williams WM, Wilson AE, Winegard BM, Yancey G, von Hippel W. Prosocial motives underlie scientific censorship by scientists: A perspective and research agenda. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 120(48), e2301642120. 🡵


Dawson, A. J., Wang, W., Taylor, M., Ingram, B., Gibson, S., & Wilson, A. E. (2023). Does partisan media make a pawn of mistrust? Institutional trust and preventative COVID-19 health behaviors in a polarized pandemic. Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 🡵


Dawson, A. J., Leith, S. A., Ward, C. L., Williams, S., & Wilson, A. E. (2022). Far away or yesterday? Shifting perceptions of time for political ends. PLOS One, 17(11), e0277179. 🡵


Clark, C. J., Jussim, L., Frey, K., Stevens, S. T., Al-Gharbi, M., Aquino, K., Bailey, J. M., Barbaro, N., Baumeister, R. F., Bleske-Rechek, A., Buss, D., Ceci, S., Del Giudice, M., Ditto, P. H., Forgas, J. P., Geary, D. C., Geher, G., Haider, S., Honeycutt, N., Joshi, H., Krylov, A.I., Loftus, E., Loury, G., Lu, L., Macy, M., Martin, C.C., McWhorter, J., Miller, G., Paresky, P., Pinker, S., Reilly, W., Salmon, C., Stewart-Williams, S., Tetlock, P.E., Williams, W.M., Wilson, A.E., Winegard, B.M., Yancey, G. & von Hippel, W. (2023). Prosocial motives underlie scientific censorship by scientists: A perspective and research agenda. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 120(48), e2301642120. 10.1073/pnas.2301642120 🡵


Shanahan, E., Chauhan, P. K., & Wilson, A. E. (2022). In my grasp or out of my hands? Belief about where life satisfaction comes from predicts motivation to seek it [Preprint]. 10.31234/ 🡵

Hennessey, E., Feinberg, M., & Wilson, A. E. (2021). How political partisanship can shape memories and perceptions of identical protest events. PLOS One.  🡵

Peetz, J., Wohl, M. J. A., Wilson, A. E., & Dawson, A. (2021). A chip off the (im)moral block? Lay beliefs about genetic heritability predicts whether family members' actions affect self-judgements. European Journal of Social Psychology, 1-18.  🡵

Parker, V. A., Feinberg, M., Tullett, A., & Wilson, A. E. (2021). The ties that blind: Misperceptions of the opponent fringe and the miscalibration of political contempt [Manuscript submitted for publication]. 🡵

Wilson, A. E., Parker, V., & Feinberg, M. (2020). Polarization in the contemporary political and media landscape. Current Opinions in Behavioural Science, 34, 223-228.  🡵

Chishima, Y., Huai-Ching Liu, I., & Wilson, A. E. (2021). Temporal distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic: Letter writing with future self can mitigate negative affect. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 13(2), 406-418.  🡵

Chishima, Y., & Wilson, A.E. (2020). Conversation with a future self: A letter-exchange exercise enhances student self-continuity, career planning, and academic thinking. Self & Identity.  DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2020.1754283 ✉︎

Cooke, S.J., V.M. Nguyen, D. Anastakis, S.D. Scott, M.R. Turetsky, A. Amirfazli, A. Hearn, C.E. Milton, L. Loewen, E.E. Smith, D.R. Norris, K.L. Lavoie, A. Aiken, D. Ansari, A.N. Antle, M. Babel, J. Bailey, D.M. Bernstein, R. Birnbaum, C. Bourassa, A. Calcagno, A. Campana, B. Chen, K. Collins, C.E. Connelly, M. Denov, B. Dupont, E. George, I. Gregory-Eaves, S. High, J.M. Hill, P.L. Jackson, N. Jette, M. Jurdjevic, A. Kothari, P. Khairy, S.A. Lamoureux, K. Ladner, C.R. Landry, F. Légaré, N. Lehoux, C. Leuprecht, A.R. Lieverse, A. Luczak, M.L. Mallory, E. Manning, A. Mazalek, S.J. Murray, L.L. Newman, V. Oosterveld, P. Potvin, S. Reimer-Kirkham, J. Rowsell, D. Stacey, S.L. Tighe, D.J. Vocadlo, A.E. Wilson and A. Woolford. (2020). Diverse perspectives on interdisciplinarity from the Members of the College of The Royal Society of Canada. FACETS. DOI:  🡵


Eady, A., Dreyer, B., Hey, B., Riemer, M., & Eady, A., Dreyer, B., Hey, B., Riemer, M., & Wilson, A. E. (2020). Reducing seniors’ vulnerability to extreme heat: Communicating risks and building resilience. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, 40, 215-224.   🡵

Hideg, I., & Wilson, A.E. (2020). Bringing up past injustices make majority groups defensive. Harvard Business Review.   🡵

Hideg, I., & Wilson, A.E. (2020). History backfires: Reminders of past injustices against women undermine support for workplace policies promoting women. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. 156, 176-189. DOI: 🡵

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. DOI: 🡵

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.  🡵


Evans, M. B., Shanahan, E., Leith, S., Litvak, N., Wilson, A. E. (2019). Living for today or tomorrow? Self-regulation amidst proximal or distal exercise outcomes. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being, 11(2), 304–327.DOI:  ✉︎

​Ruffle, B., & Wilson, A. E. (2019). Tat will tell: Tattoos and time preferences. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 166, 566-585.  🡵


Ruffle, B. & Wilson, A. E. (2018). The truth about tattoos. Economics Letters, 172, 143-147.  🡵


Soliman, M., Alisat, S., Bashir, N., & Wilson, A.E. (2018). Wrinkles in time and drops in the bucket: Circumventing social and temporal barriers to environmental engagement. Sage Open Special Collection: Climate Change. 1-10. DOI:  🡵

Cortes, K., Leith, S., & Wilson, A. E. (2017). Relationship satisfaction and the subjective distance of past relational events. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. DOI:  🡵

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:  ✉︎

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  🡵

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 BulletinDOI:  🡵


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:  🡵


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.  ✉︎


Evans, M. B., Cooke, L. M., Murray, R. A., & Wilson, A. E. (2014). The sooner, the better: Temporally proximal exercise outcomes promote intrinsic motivation. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. DOI:  🡵


Evans, M. B., & Wilson, A. E. (2014). Subjective temporal proximity to future selves moderates the link between exercise intentions and behavior. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 3(3), 184–190. DOI:  ✉︎

Bashir, N., Wilson, A. E., Lockwood, P., Chasteen, A., & Alisat, S. (2014). The time for action is now: Subjective temporal proximity enhances pro-environmental messages. Social CognitionDOI:  🡵


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


Peetz, J., Jordan, C. & Wilson, A. E. (2013). Implicit attitudes toward the self over time. Self and Identity, 1-28. DOI:  ✉︎


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.  DOI:  🡵


Lafrance-Robinson, A., Strahan, E., Girz, L. Wilson, A. E., & Boachie, A. (2013). ‘I know I can help you’: Parental self-efficacy predicts adolescent outcomes in family-based therapy for eating disorders. European Eating Disorders Review, 21, 108-114. DOI:  ✉︎

Peetz, J., & Wilson, A. E. (2013).  Waving the flag (or not): The role of in-group history evaluation and social norms in national identification. Self and Identity,12, 447-466. DOI:  ✉︎


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(3),  342–353. DOI:  ✉︎


Buote, V. M, Wilson, A. E., Strahan, E. J., Gazzola, S. B. & Papps, F. (2011) Setting the bar: Sociocultural norms for  women’s and men’s ideal appearance in real-world contexts. Body Image, 8, 322-334. DOI:  ✉︎


Gunn, G., & Wilson, A. E. (2011). Acknowledging the skeletons in our closet: The effect of group-affirmation on collective guilt, collective shame, and reparatory attitudes. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37(11), 1474-1487. DOI:  🡵


MacKinnon, S. P., Jordan, C. H., & Wilson, A. E. (2011). Birds of a feather sit together: Physical similarity predicts seating choice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 879 - 892. DOI:  🡵


Peetz, J., Buehler, R., & Wilson, A. E. (2010). Planning for the near and distant future: How does temporal distance affect task completion predictions? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 709-720. DOI:  ✉︎


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. DOI:  🡵


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. DOI:  ✉︎


Spielmann, S., MacDonald, G., & Wilson, A. E. (2009). On the rebound: Focusing on someone new helps insecure individuals let go of ex-partners. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1382-1394. DOI:  🡵


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. DOI:  ✉︎


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. DOI:  ✉︎


Strahan, E. J., Lafrance, A., Wilson, A. E., Ethier, N., Spencer, S. J., & Zanna, M. P. (2008). Victoria’s Dirty Secret: The impact of media images on adolescent girls and women. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 288-301. DOI:  🡵


Wilson, A. E., Allen, J., Strahan, E. J., & Ethier, N. (2008). Getting involved: Testing the effectiveness of a volunteering intervention on young adolescents. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 18, 630-637. DOI:  ✉︎

Strahan, E. J., Wilson, A. E., Cressman, K., & Buote, V. (2006). Comparing to perfection: How cultural norms for appearance affect social comparisons and self-image. Body Image, 3, 211-227. DOI:  ✉︎


Ross, M., Heine, S. J., Wilson, A. E., & Sugimori, S. (2005). Cross-cultural discrepancies in self-appraisals. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31,1175-1188. DOI:  🡵

Wilson, A. E., Smith, M. D., Ross, H. & Ross, M. (2004). Young children's personal accounts of their sibling disputes. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 50, 39-60.  DOI:  🡵

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. DOI:  ✉︎


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


Wilson, A. E., Smith, M. D., & Ross, H. (2003). The nature and effects of young children’s lies. Social Development, 12, 21-45.  ✉︎

Ross, M., Xun, W. Q., & Wilson, A. E. (2002). Language and the bicultural self. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 1040-1050. DOI:  🡵

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. DOI:  ✉︎


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. DOI:  🡵


Wilson, A. E., & Ross, M. (2000). The frequency of temporal-self and social comparisons in people’s personal appraisals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 928-942. DOI:  🡵


Slugoski, B. R., & Wilson, A. E. (1998). Contribution of conversational skills to the production of judgmental errors. European Journal of Social Psychology, 28, 575-601. DOI:<575::AID-EJSP882>3.0.CO;2-9 ✉︎

Book Chapters

Wilson, A. E. & Shanahan, E. (2018). Taking time into account in a social world. In J. Suls (Ed.). Social Comparison in Judgment and Behavior. In J. Suls (Ed.), Oxford Press. In press.


Wilson A.E., Williams S.L. (2017). Self-evaluation maintenance model. In: Zeigler-Hill V., Shackelford T. (eds) Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer.

Wilson, A. E., & English, J. (2017). The motivated fluidity of lay theories of change. In C. Zedelius, B. Müller, J. Schooler & (Eds.), The Science of Lay Theories: How Beliefs Shape our Cognition, Behavior, and Health. (pp. 17-43). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International.

Strahan, E. J., Buote, V. M., & Wilson, A. E. (2012). Selling beauty: The hidden cost to women's self-worth, relationships, and behavior. in L .J. Shrum (Eds). The Psychology of Entertainment Media: Blurring the Lines Between Entertainment and Persuasion, 2nd edition. (pp. 249-269).  New York: Taylor and Francis.


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.  


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.


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.


Perunovic, W. Q. E., Ross, M., & Wilson, A. E. (2005). Language, culture, and conceptions of the self. In R. Sorrentino, D. Cohen, J. M. Olson, & M. P. Zanna (Eds.), Cultural and social behavior: The Ontario symposium, Vol. 10. (pp. 165-180). Hillsdale, NJ.: Erlbaum.


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.


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.


Wood, J. V. & Wilson, A. E. (2003). How important are social comparisons for self-evaluation? In M. R. Leary & J. P. Tangney (Eds.). Handbook of self and identity (pp. 344-366). New York: Guilford Press.


Wilson, A. E., Hoshino-Browne, E., & Ross, M. (2002). Spontaneous temporal and social comparisons in children's conflict narratives. In I. Walker & H. J. Smith (Eds.), Relative deprivation: Specification, development, and integration (pp. 313-331). New York: Cambridge University Press.


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.


Ross, H., Ross, M., Smith, M. D., & Wilson, A. E. (1999). The dandelion war. In S. R. Goldman,  A. C. Graesser & P. van den Broek (Eds.), Narrative comprehension, causality, and coherence. (pp. 253-277). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

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