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


Xu, X., Burton, C., Plaks, J.E. (in press). Distinct types of conservative attitudes mediate the link between media preferences and presidential candidate endorsement. Media Psychology.

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.

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.

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.