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Plaks, J.E. (ed.) (2011).  The Social Psychology of Motivation. Toronto: Oxford University Press.


Marquet, M., Chasteen, A., Plaks, J.E., & Balasubramaniam, L (in press).  Understanding the mechanisms underlying the effects of age stereotypes and discrimination on older adults’ well-being.  Aging and Mental Health.

Xu, X., Chapman, H., Karinen, M., Peterson, J.B., & Plaks, J.E. (in press). An orderly personality partially explains the link between trait disgust and political conservatism. Cognition and Emotion.

Robinson, J.S., Xu, X. & Plaks, J.E. (2019).  Disgust and deontology:  Trait sensitivity to pathogens promotes a preference for clarity, hierarchy, and rule-based moral judgment. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10, 3-14.

Joel, S., Plaks, J.E, & MacDonald, G. (2019).  Nothing ventured, nothing gained:  People anticipate and experience more regret from missed romantic opportunities than from rejection.  Journal of Social and Personal Relations, 36, 305-336.

Zou, C., Plaks, J.E., & Peterson, J.B. (2019).  Don’t get too excited:  Assessing individual differences in the down-regulation of positive emotions.  Journal of Personality Assessment, 101, 73-83.

Sheldon, O., Plaks, J.E., Sridharan, V, & Shoda, Y. (2018). Strategic actors’ in situ impressions of systematically- versus unsystematically-variable counterparts. Social Cognition, 36, 324-344.

Robinson, J.S., Page-Gould, E, & Plaks, J.E. (2017).  I appreciate your effort:  Asymmetric effects of actors’ exertion on observers’ consequentialist versus deontological judgments.  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 73, 50-64.

Plaks, J.E. (2017).  Implicit theories:  Assumptions that shape social and moral cognition.  Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 259-310.

Plaks, J.E. & Robinson, J.S. (2017).  Proximal and distal intent:  Toward a new folk theory of intentional action.  Review of General Psychology, 21, 242-254.

Tullett, A. & Plaks, J.E. (2016). Testing the link between empathy and lay theories of happiness.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 1505-1521.

Xu, X., Plaks, J.E., & Peterson, J.B. (2016).  From dispositions to goals to ideology:  Toward a synthesis of personality and social psychological approaches to political orientation.  Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10, 267-280.

Plaks, J.E., Fortune, J.L., Liang, L., & Robinson, J. (2016).  Effects of culture and gender on judgments of intent and responsibility.  PLOS ONE, 11(4), e0154467.

Xu, X. & Plaks, J.E. (2015).  The neural correlates of implicit theory violation.  Social Neuroscience, 10, 431-447.

Robinson, J.S., Joel, S., & Plaks, J.E. (2015).  Empathy for the group versus indifference to the victim:  Effects of anxious and avoidant attachment on moral judgment.  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 139-152.

Plaks, J.E. & Robinson, J.S. (2015).  Construal level and free will beliefs shape perceptions of actors’ proximal and distal intent.  Frontiers in Personality and Social Psychology, 6:777.

Burton, C., Plaks, J.E., & Peterson, J.B. (2015).  Why do conservatives report being happier than liberals? The contribution of neuroticism.  Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 3, 89-102.

Kang, S., Plaks, J.E,  & Remedios, J. (2015).  Folk beliefs about genetic variation predict neural and behavioral withdrawal from biracial individuals.  Frontiers in Personality and Social Psychology, 6:357.

Laurin, K. & Plaks, J.E. (2014).  Religion and punishment:  Opposing influences of orthopraxy and orthodoxy on reactions to unintentional acts.  Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 835-843.

Joel, S., Burton, C., & Plaks, J.E. (2014).  Conservatives anticipate and experience stronger emotional reactions to negative outcomes.  Journal of Personality, 82, 32-43.

Plaks, J.E. & Chasteen, A. (2013).  Entity versus incremental theories predict older adults’ memory performance.  Psychology and Aging, 28, 948-957.

Joel, S., MacDonald, G., & Plaks, J.E. (2013).  Romantic relationships conceptualized as a judgment and decision making domain.  Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22, 461-465.

Plaks, J.E. & Halvorson, H.G. (2013).  Does accountability attenuate or amplify stereotyping?  The role of implicit theories.  Social Cognition, 31, 543-561.

Burton, C. & Plaks, J.E. (2013).  Lay theories of personality as cornerstones of meaning.  In K. Markman, T. Proulx, & M. Lindberg (eds.), The Psychology of Meaning, (pp. 115-133). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Joel, S., Macdonald, G., & Plaks, J.E.  (2012).  Attachment anxiety uniquely predicts interpersonal regret.  Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 348-355.

Plaks, J.E., Malahy, L.W., Sedlins, M. & Shoda, Y.  (2012).  Folk beliefs about human genetic variation predict discrete versus continuous race categorization and evaluative bias.  Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 31-39.

Remedios, J. D., Chasteen, A. L., Rule, N. O., Plaks, J.E.  (2011).  Evaluations at the intersection of ambiguous and obvious social categories:  Does Gay + Black = Likable?  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1312-1315.

Cesario, J., Plaks, J.E., Hagiwara, N. Navarrete, C.D., & Higgins, E.T. (2010).  The ecology of automaticity:  How situational contingencies shape action semantics and social behavior.  Psychological Science, 21, 1311-1317.

Malahy, L.W., Sedlins, M., Plaks, J.E., &  Shoda, Y. (2010).  Black, white, or shades of gray? Racial labeling of Barack Obama predicts implicit race perception.  Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy, 10, 207-222.

Plaks, J.E., McNichols, N.K., & Fortune, J.L. (2009).  Thoughts versus deeds:  Distal and proximal intent in lay judgments of moral responsibility.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1687-1701.

Leach, F.R. & Plaks, J.E.  (2009).  Regret for errors of commission versus omission in the near-term and far-term:  The role of level of abstraction.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 221-229.

Plaks, J.E., Levy, S.R., & Dweck, C.S. (2009).  Lay theories of personality:  Cornerstones of meaning in social cognition.  Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3, 1069-1081.

Plaks, J.E & Stecher, K. (2007).  Unexpected improvement, decline, and stasis:  A prediction confidence perspective on achievement success and failure.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 667-684.

Cesario, J., Plaks. J.E., & Higgins, E.T.  (2006).  Automatic social behavior as motivated preparation to interact.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 893-910.   

Molden, D.C., Plaks, J.E., & Dweck, C.S.  (2006).  “Meaningful” social inferences:  Effects of implicit theories on inferential processes.  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 738-752. 

Plaks, J.E., Grant, H., & Dweck, C.S. (2005).  Violations of implicit theories and the sense of prediction and control:  Implications for motivated person perception.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 245-262.  

Plaks, J.E., Levy, S.R., Dweck, C.S., & Stroessner, S. (2004).  In the eye of the beholder:  Lay theories and the perception of group variability, entitativity, and essence.  In V. Yzerbyt, O.Corneille, & C. Judd (Eds.), The Psychology of Group Perception: Contributions to the Study of Homogeneity, Entitativity, and Essentialism, (pp. 127-146), New York:  Psychology Press.

Plaks, J.E., Shafer, J.L., & Shoda, Y. (2003).  Perceiving individuals and groups as coherent:  How do perceivers make sense of variable behavior?  Social Cognition, 21, 26-60.

Levy, S.R., Plaks, J.E., Hong, Y., Chiu, C., & Dweck, C.S. (2001).  Static vs. dynamic theories and the perception of groups:  Different routes to different destinations.  Personality and Social Psychology Review, 5, 156-168.

Plaks, J.E, Stroessner, S.J., Dweck, C.S. & Sherman, J.W. (2001).  Person theories and attention allocation:  Preferences for stereotypic vs. counterstereotypic information.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 876-893.

Stroessner, S. J., & Plaks, J. E.  (2001).  Illusory correlation and stereotype formation:  Tracing the arc of research over a quarter century.  In G. B. Moskowitz (Ed.), Cognitive Social Psychology:  The Princeton Symposium on the Legacy and Future of Social Cognition, (pp. 247-259), Mahwah, NJ:  Erlbaum.

Plaks, J.E. & Higgins, E.T.  (2000).  Pragmatic use of stereotyping in teamwork:  Social loafing and social compensation as a function of inferred partner-situation fit.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 962-974.

Levy, S.R., Plaks, J.E., & Dweck, C.S. (1999).  Modes of social thought:  Person theories and social understanding.  In S. Chaiken and Y. Trope (Eds.), Dual Process Theories in Social Cognition, (pp. 179-202), New York:  Guilford Press.