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Jeffrey Green

Jeffrey Green

Most of my research revolves around the self-concept as well as virtuous behaviors (e.g., humility, gratitude, empathy) and their link to happiness and meaning in life. One research program has investigated how we protect the self via selective memory (mnemic neglect). I study how affective states such as sadness and anger influence self-conceptions, and am particularly interested in mood-incongruent effects. I study nostalgia (e.g., nostalgia via smell and other senses, nostalgia and behaviors oriented to one's alma mater, nostalgia and social media). I do close relationships research, particularly as it relates to attachment theory or forgiveness.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:

Journal Articles:

  • Foster, C. A., Witcher, B. S., Campbell, W. K., & Green, J. D. (1998). Arousal and attraction: Evidence for automatic and controlled components. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74, 86-101.
  • 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.
  • Green, J. D., & Campbell, W. K. (2000). Attachment and exploration: Chronic and contextual accessibility. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 452-461.
  • Green, J. D., Campbell, W. K., & Davis, J. L. (2007). Ghosts from the past: An examination of romantic relationships and self-discrepancy. Journal of Social Psychology, 147, 243-264.
  • Green, J. D., Pinter, B., & Sedikides, C. (2005). Mnemic neglect and self-threat: Trait modifiability moderates self-protection. European Journal of Social Psychology, 35, 225-235.
  • Green, J. D., & Sedikides, C. (2004). Retrieval selectivity in the processing of self-referent information: Testing the boundaries of self-protection. Self and Identity, 3, 69-80.
  • Green, J. D., Sedikides, C., & Gregg, A. P. (2008). Forgotten but not gone: The recall and recognition of self-threatening memories. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 547-561.
  • Green, J. D., Sedikides, C., Pinter, B., & Van Tongeren, D. R. (in press). Two sides to self-protection: Self-improvement strivings and feedback from close others attenuate mnemic neglect. Self and Identity.
  • Martin, L. L., Abend, T. A., Sedikides, C., & Green, J. D. (1997). How would I feel if...? Mood as input to a role fulfillment process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 242-253.
  • Reid, C. A., Green, J. D., Wildschut, T., & Sedikides, C. (2015). Scent-evoked nostalgia. Memory, 23, 157-166.
  • Sedikides, C., & Green, J. D. (2006). The mnemic neglect model: Experimental demonstrations of inhibitory repression in normal adults. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29, 532-533.
  • Sedikides, C., & Green, J. D. (2004). What I don't recall can't hurt me: Information negativity versus information inconsistency as determinants of memorial self-defense. Social Cognition, 22, 4-29.
  • Sedikides, C., & Green, J. D. (2000). On the self-protective nature of inconsistency/negativity management: Using the person memory paradigm to examine self-referent memory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 906-922.
  • Sedikides, C., Green, J. D., & Gregg, A. P. (2007). How does the I-SELF respond to feedback?: Implications from the mnemic neglect model. Psychological Inquiry, 18, 1-3.
  • Sedikides, C., Green, J. D., Saunders, J., Skowronski, J. J., & Zengel, B. (2016). Mnemic neglect: Selective amnesia of one’s faults. European Review of Social Psychology, 27, 1-62.
  • Van Tongeren, D. R., Green, J. D., Davis, D. E., Hook, J. N., & Hulsey, T. L. (2016). Prosociality enhances meaning in life. Journal of Positive Psychology, 11, 225-236.
  • 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.

Other Publications:

  • Campbell, W. K., & Green, J. D. (2007). Narcissism and interpersonal self-regulation. In J. V. Wood, A. Tesser, & J. G. Holmes (Eds.), The self and social relationships (pp. 73-94). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Green, J. D., Mathews, M., & Foster, C. A. (in press). Another kind of "interpersonal" relationship: Humans, animal companions, and attachment theory. To appear in Personal Relationships. Nova Science Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition
  • Social Influence
  • Social Psychology

Jeffrey Green
Department of Psychology
Virginia Commonwealth University
806 West Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018
United States

  • Phone: (804) 828-6330

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